Tendulkar started the obvious fire by saying India vs Australia series much bigger than playing against arch rivals Pakistan.
Is that statement true ? I feel so it is just Pakistan does not have that fire in it any more as a team as it used to be is the conclusion I drew from Sachin’s claim. Of course Australia with its bad boys behavior feeding the fuel to the fire in recent years under the leadership of Ponting (that’s another long post in coming days)
Pakistan’s lost glory
Even though betting and huge crowds are witnessed in any match against Pakistan, recently (from 2001) Pakistan has lost its flare to fight back. The yester year players – Imran Khan, Miandad, Wasim Akram, Abdul Quadir made sure they fought until their last breath (Figuratively). The less recent team of Saed Anwar, Amir Sohail, Inzamam, Izaz Ahmad kept the momentum going on and made sure they gave their best when playing against India.
A match between India and Pak used to be a war like atmosphere with sweet, rude and un gentlemanly behaviors on and off the ground.
1986 Sharjah: Miandad hit Chetan Sharma off six from last over
1989 Tendulkar vs Quadir
Tendulkar himself will not forget lifting the Quadir for sixers. Pakistanis unwelcoming crowd kindled then 16 years old Sachin with placards saying “Doodh Pitha Bhachcha ..ghar jaake dhoodh pee”, (kid, go home and drink milk), Sachin took then young leg spinner Mustaq Ahmed for a ride sending two sixes in one over. The frustaded guru of Mustaq Abdul Qadir challenged Sachin saying ” Bachchon ko kyon mar rahe ho? Hamein bhi maar dikhao` (`Why are you hitting kids? Try and hit me.`). Quadir. I hope Qyadir did not sleep that night with his over stats 6, 0, 4, 6, 6, 6. That was back in 1989.
1992 Miandad vs Kiran More
March 1996 world cup incident when Prasad taught a lesson to Sohail.
That was the last incident of 1996 I can recall other than Twenty20 close final. Compared to 90s matches with Pakistan it is matches with Aussies in 2000s that gets more interesting. Why Tendulkar ? Haha he has to complete is record of 77 runs to surpass Lara.