VIDEOS: Birth of India-Pakistan cricket rivalry; but what prevails is FRIENDSHIP

No contest matches the intensity of an IndiaPakistan cricket clash. On Saturday, both the sides will meet in a crucial ICC World T20 2016 clash at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. While an India-Pakistan match gives an impression of being a war on the field, off it the players share an excellent friendship.

In this video tweeted by EPIC Channel, Indian cricketers from past like Sanjay Manjrekar, Dilip Vengsarkar and others share insights on the chemistry shared between players from India and Pakistan. PHOTOS: Virat Kohli has a new gift for Mohammad Amir

Vengsarkar goes to an extent of saying that even Indians can not match the hospitality of Pakistanis. Manjrekar says, “Pakistani cricketers and people are much more entertaining than Indians.” Even eminent sports journalist Debasish Dutta had loads of good words reserved for the Pakistanis.

The video is a part of their program, Short Mid-Wicket with renowned actor Naseeruddin Shah. The heart-warming video is a must watch:

The earlier tweet however highlights the possible birth of conflict between these two nations. Agreed, the nations have not shared great political relations but cricket too had seen its dark days.

Birth of the rivalry?

Pre-independence, it was one Indian team they all played for. After Pakistan came into existence, many players who had earlier played for India were now playing for the new nation. Here’s  how the story goes. Pakistan skipper Abdul Hafeez Kardar, who had earlier played for India, had invited Lala Amarnath, India’s team manager, for a cup of tea. Amarnath was resting on the sofa with his back to the door when umpire Irdis Begh came into the room and asked Kardar, “Any instructions for tomorrow’s game, skipper?”

A shocked Lala turned back and asked, “What kind of instructions do you want?” Both Kardar and Begh were shaken.

Lala had threatened to boycott the Test if Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not replace the umpire. PCB had to budge. What happened next was a different story. For now, hear this tale from cricket historian Boria Majumder.