6 lesser known facts about India-Pakistan
So here we go again. There was once a time when India-Pakistan clashes werent a rarity like it is these days. Terrorist threats have dented this glorious fixture more than we would want to admit, and we have to resort to waiting for tournaments like these to watch these two eternal rivals play against each other.It seems like we have caught somewhat of a lucky break here as Saturdays India-Pakistan clash at Eden Gardens is the second one we will witness this month. This rivalry is of the highest importance for both set of fans as there is quite some history between the two.We wont, however, look at what is relatively known. In fact, the purpose of this piece is knowing about the facts about these two teams as well as theclash itself. And here are 6 such facts
#1 Shahid Afridis bat
Before AB de Villiers created the record for the fastest 100 in ODIs, the man who had a long reign over that title was none other than Boom Boom Afridi. The enigmatic Pakistani has always known just one way of batting: try to hit the ball out of the park in every single delivery.
And one fine day, it worked. He did manage to stay for 37 balls and hit almost every single one of them and managed to score a century in the process.
That is what we all know. However, what remains somewhat unknown is the fact that he used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to score that century. Now question is, how did he get his hands on Sachin’s bat? Well, know about it in his own words.
"I had just got into the Pakistan team and during nets in Nairobi 'Wicky Bhai' [Waqar Younis] gave me a bat and said, play with this and see. It is Sachin's bat.
"It was a great honour for me to play with Sachin's bat for he was a great player. Sachin had given the bat to 'Wicky Bhai' and had asked him to get a similar bat made in Sialkot for him [Sachin]," Afridi said.