Rivalries exist because of off field history, proximity during the two nations/clubs and because of fierce sporting competition between two entities. But more often than not it is the first two factors that keep the rivalry afloat, as one entity is able to carve out a superior sporting structure to leave behind the other. But the rivalry lives on, fuelled by political tension, historical arguments and the sheer urge to cling on to something familiar.
India and Pakistan are not evenly matched on the cricket field. While batting had always been India’s strength, they have improved manifold in the fielding and bowling department, so much so that the Pakistan challenge seems to be that of a spirited university side.
Leaking of runs, dropping catches for fun and lack of intent with the bat has rendered this Pakistan team to be labelled ‘pathetic’. And a lot of this downfall has to be credited to the unorganised domestic setup that the PCB is running. Only when sport takes the front seat will we ever be able to see Pakistan as world beaters again.
India on the other hand have looked immensely confident and balanced in their three outings so far. Everything has clicked for them and barring some fielding errors last night, Virat Kohli would have been forced to rate their performance a 10 on 10. Hopefully things go upwards from here on and complacency doesn’t set in.
Let’s get to business now!
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