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India v Pakistan: a fantasy

Will the two sides meet in this World Cup? One can but live in hope

Imran Yusuf

March 24, 2011

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Gautam Gambhir and Kamran Akmal square off, India v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Asia Cup, Dambulla, June 19, 2010
Free and frank exchanges of views on female relatives has always been an essential part of the India-Pakistan rivalry © Associated Press
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The Pakistani and the Indian met at college in the US 20 years ago. They formed an instant bromance. They huddled together to stave off the cold winds of the East Coast. They mated their mothers' recipes and cooked over-liquidy dal. They swapped notes on how to pull women. These notes were spare, so more commonly they swapped dirty magazines. They drank beer like amateurs and took turns holding each other over the pot when they puked. They were brothers beyond borders - and remained that way through the following two decades.

Except when it came to the cricket.

When other men talk there is always a dark, primal subtext: Who does better with the ladies? Who's got more money? Who would win in a fight? Who's read Proust? When the Pakistani and the Indian talked, the unspoken subtext was always the next match. The last match. All the matches from the past and into the eternal future.

To their compatriots and their wives, they would mouth off at will.

The Pakistani would say Shoaib had Sachin's number and the number was first ball. The Indian would say Sachin had Shoaib's number and the number was six six six. The Indian would say Pakistan had never beaten them in a World Cup. The Pakistani would say Pakistan has the better of India in Test and ODI wins. Both would imply in Hindi or Urdu that the other side had incestuous relations with their sisters.

Their compatriots would nod like automatons. Their wives would subtly change the channel to one showing Desperate Housewives.

When together, the only time the Pakistani and the Indian talked cricket was to rubbish the Ashes. "Number one cricket rivalry? These jokers haven't even fought one war against each other. We've had three! Or is it four?"

But they could not hide from their dreams. In midnight reveries they would reveal deep-seated longings. The Pakistani would fantasise about unpartitioned India-Pakistan teams. Miandad and Gavaskar totting up the runs. Imran and Kapil firing them in from each end. Sehwag opening the batting and Waqar the bowling. And Ashish Nehra and Kamran Akmal - well, they would have never even existed. In one lucid daydream the Pakistani had a crisis of conscience, realising he hadn't picked a single Bangladeshi. He hastily slotted in Shakib Al Hasan for the all-star 2000-2010 ODI team.

The Indian would wake before dawn with tears streaming down his cheeks. He had recalled Wasim Akram hugging team-mate Sachin Tendulkar during an exhibition match in 1996. In somnolent wonder he had thought of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Hanif Mohammad, playing together for the Rest of the World in England, sending home messages of peace and deep regret when war broke out in 1965. He also mused on the rumours that Pakistani women were hotter than Indian women.

But in the light of day-night games, their blood would swell again with partisanship. When they lost, they would despair at a repulsive nationalism that was egged on by advertisers and political opportunists. When they won, they would dance to its tunes. And drink lots of beer.

They had not met for 10 years, having kept in touch over email and ambiguous Facebook pokes. In this time the Pakistani had watched in horror as the Indians finally developed a killer instinct. The Indian had marvelled with bitterness at Pakistan's resilient brilliance despite all that had afflicted their cricket. Both had, inevitably, got divorced.

Yet here they were, at a conference back in their college city, now ensconced in safe middle management, yet more passionate about cricket than ever before. The day of the semi-final, they bunked work and met in the Pakistani's hotel room to watch the match on live streaming.

The Pakistani ordered a steak sandwich from room service. As the Indian munched on his Spanish omelette, he deliberated again if red meat was the reason Pakistan bred such a regular supply of enviable fast bowlers. The Indian mentioned that he had read the papers for that day's conference in advance, and the Pakistani stifled a scowl, thinking of the more organised state of Indian domestic cricket.

And here they were. Pakistan had beaten West Indies and India had overcome Australia. The winner would play the final in Mumbai. The biggest semi-final ever was about to start. Their tedious lives, their beautiful children, their millions of compatriots starving, their countries' poverty indexes, the water of Kashmir, the scars of history, none of it mattered, neither of them cared, for whoever won this match would be the winner, would be better, would have meaning in their lives.

Zaheer Khan ran in to bowl the first ball.

Thud.

Silence - but for the clamour of a Punjabi crowd, and Ravi Shastri and Ramiz Raja spewing banalities.

They had both collapsed. On top of each other. Arm in arm.

When room service found them half an hour later, it was found that they had both died of heart attacks. Little did Juan, the bellboy, know that the two men were in good company. Fifty-six years ago the great writer Saadat Hasan Manto, a man in love with Bombay, who had taken up residence in Lahore after Partition, died while listening to radio commentary of the Bahawalpur Test between India and Pakistan.

And so it went. And so it goes.

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Posted by omarqureshi111 on (March 27, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

@r.mehreen .... I live in North America , but I can't deny my roots ! no matter where you live , what you are may never change. Yeah, should you talk about the generation born in the US , i might agree a bit with you , but my american born nieces and nephews who are in the year range of 6-16 all are die hard cricket fans, with youngest flocking to prayer mats , and the eldest not moving an inch from their sofa so as to not jinx the scoring pattern. Be it an indian or pakistani , cricket never leaves us and we will never leave it , even if we were on the moon. And as far as heart attacks are concerned , probably you have no idea what pressure "Pakistan - India" game carries , its not a match between 22 players , its between the millions indians and pakistani's living all around the globe on their own turf. And by the way , my mother's brother ( mammoo) had a paralysis attack while watching the India-Pakistan t20 2007 final , whe Misbah was caught out ! The characters in article are us!

Posted by pakwin on (March 26, 2011, 21:26 GMT)

pakistan will beat india inshallah

Posted by knowledge_eater on (March 26, 2011, 19:34 GMT)

Goosebumping piece this is. Bring back lots of school memories. Sigh ... let's hope we have a cracker on Wednesday. Peace

Posted by AbidWarsi on (March 26, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

Gr8 article Imran... Love reading it again & again.. Yes its true when comes to cricket nothing matter!! These 22 men have bigger role to play apart from playing cricket since millions of eyes are watching their single move.. Shake hand, hug each other and smile whenever you have eye contact .. Let the true cricket prevail.. all the best to both !

Posted by ashrogue on (March 26, 2011, 4:13 GMT)

It is disappointing that moderators have consistently rejected my comments from being shown. That too, I have only encouraged the author and requested for more patience from my fellow users.

Posted by r.mehreen on (March 26, 2011, 2:19 GMT)

I am amazed that 8,654 people have actually recommended this article. Imran Yusuf may be fantasizing but to me its more like day dreaming. I have been living in North America for the past six years and unfortunately can not relate with any of Mr. Yusuf's rants. On the contrary, to me, his narrations are funny because North American desis don't have time to watch cricket. I believe it has something to do with the dollar culture here. Cricket fever is only back home. Also I note a political twist in this essay as if a kind of nostalgia forthe pre-partition era. It seems more of a personal story to me than an article on sports. I am sure no Pakistani ever in a dream would long any kind of unification of the two countries. We are die hard cricket fans but we also know that cricket is a game of chance . . . Munto, heart attack, incest . . . just too out of the game. A piece of black humour all in all!!

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (March 26, 2011, 1:16 GMT)

Excellent! Your "fantasy" came true! Inshallah!!! Hare Krishna...India will win. Hahahahahahaha!!!

Posted by Obscure on (March 25, 2011, 23:57 GMT)

Brilliant Article Imran.. KeeP it up!!

Posted by khanpathan001 on (March 25, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

very poetic...good thoughts

Posted by Noman_Yousuf_Dandore on (March 25, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

hahahahahahaha!! Almost fell off the chair, hilarious to the hilt!!Too Good, highly recommended!! Only a Pakistani or Indian can truly enjoy this to the max!

Posted by MrAsk on (March 25, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

One of the best Cricket articles I've ever read !! Thumbs up man, I'm a writer too and I take your this article as an inspiration. Well exaggerated and smartly versed. and wait wait wait, while concluding this article you mentioned Bahawalpur - my sweetest home town that I miss the most and well I'm shocked to know that that test match in my home town caused a heart attack to Saadat Hussain Minto - awe sighs !

Posted by Soulink on (March 25, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

I read this first before the Aus vs. India match and fell in love with the article! I have re-read it at least 5 times since and shared it with just as many types of cricket watchers. Thank you!

Posted by gaurishankar25 on (March 25, 2011, 10:10 GMT)

Its going to be the humdinger, cannot wait

Posted by Parshayan on (March 25, 2011, 9:25 GMT)

This article is one of my favourite.... @LazyPlayer: you made my day!

Posted by pankaj942010 on (March 25, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

wow...classic imran,,!!!!!!

Posted by Pajny on (March 25, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

Awesome article .......beautifully written with excellent humor ''Both would imply in Hindi or Urdu that the other side had incestuous relations with their sisters.'' haha The article is absolutely fantastic....hope INDIA wallops the Pakistanis in the semis

Posted by SUBUDHI on (March 25, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

Very nice.... Wonderful and free writing with great deal of imagination

Posted by tuntaalam on (March 25, 2011, 4:19 GMT)

i made an this id on cricinfo just to say that, this article is the best thing i have ever read about cricket, in short it is SSIICCKK! :D

Posted by harshthakor on (March 25, 2011, 3:37 GMT)

It will be one of sport's greatest contests like a mini-olympic game.Overall such a battle will lift the spirit of the glorious sport.It will give the feeling of reading an epic novel with twists and turns till the end.

Posted by SachDa on (March 25, 2011, 3:16 GMT)

@Amu123 ....India end Aussies dream run of 11 years and 11 months at the world cup... India playing Pakistan in S/F at Mohali....Fantasy becoming a reality....

Posted by ssshafqat on (March 25, 2011, 1:05 GMT)

Love it! Well written. Having gone (from Pakistan) to the US to study and befriending lots of friends from across the border in the process, I completely relate. Being a woman, let me also say that female friends also had/have similar dynamics in their cricketing associations. And finally, Pakistan Zindabad!! ;)

Posted by samad.pak on (March 24, 2011, 23:38 GMT)

Nice article and guess what it is Pakistan vs India now.... the real rivalry begins

Posted by Shrikar_11 on (March 24, 2011, 23:13 GMT)

Haha this is quite funny, I like it. Wow, I'm surprised at the number of people who seemingly didn't get the joke.

Posted by Dr_SC on (March 24, 2011, 21:55 GMT)

excellent read Imran. You are fast becoming the best writer on CI! Keep it up buddy!

Posted by LA_Cric_Fan on (March 24, 2011, 21:53 GMT)

Witty, passionate and religious (in cricketing sense LOL). this is a great example for young writers on how to use fluency and flair my molding your thoughts to words. Brilliant!

Posted by vsquarescube on (March 24, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

very very good article :-)

Posted by AdeelfromWahshiTola on (March 24, 2011, 20:45 GMT)

Great Article Imran, get a sense of humor folks and dont be offended with anything that the article has in it. It actually happens in US

Posted by Venkat.Chak on (March 24, 2011, 20:42 GMT)

@LazyPlayer..i was laughing at the exact same line "And Ashish Nehra and Kamran Akmal - well, they would have never even existed"

Posted by Paras777 on (March 24, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

@amu123-india won...hahahaha!!

Posted by RanaUmair on (March 24, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

Pak vs India semi final: MOTHER OF ALL MATCHES!!

Posted by iBilal on (March 24, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

emotional cum hilarious article.... great one, you can only understand the purpose if you are an Indian or a Pakistani

Posted by RHF123 on (March 24, 2011, 20:01 GMT)

As a Pakistani - nothing but love and respect for my Indian brothers, we are one.

Posted by worldorder on (March 24, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

This is a great piece. A true cricket lover's article. Brightened my Thursday afternoon..

Posted by hemindesai on (March 24, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

this will be the greatest world cup semifinal in the history of one day cricket.. but this article and ever since i was a child i wondered what if India and pakistan had never partitioned.. we would have been invincible. I am an indian and want india to win but respect pakistan talent and passion as well. Good article... wonder if sachin, shoaib, dhoni & Afridi can start the semi final with hugging each other first...:)

Posted by Vilander on (March 24, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

Having said that, its good for cricket that india was partitioned. else imagine with hindustani batting and pakistani bowling hehe, no other team would have ever won the world cup after the 70's.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

wooo....!!!! This article would have been definitely nominated to the NOBEL PRIZE had there been an article category too...!! Bravo..! Just loved it... Great piece Imran :-)

Posted by ManjuEleven on (March 24, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

No wonder the bloggers are so rough, when the players won't keep their cool. Good article - players should read it and play cricket as a sport and not as war.

Posted by ashrogue on (March 24, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

Such a funny article. but true. Guys, if u can not stand the women aspect of this article, u r being deliberately prudish to not accept truth.

The author did a good job, reading this article entices a sense of brotherliness in my heart for my fellows living in Pakistan. It is a fact, we all know it deep inside our hearts, but we ignore it like children and throw mud on each other. Secretly, we enjoy this mud throwing too. For the worth of the sheer brilliance of this mud throwing mania, this childishness is justified.

For good or bad, India and Pakistan being two separate nations have produced one of the fiercest contests in sport.

In cricket, it is a whole different level.

Posted by maverick_ind on (March 24, 2011, 18:49 GMT)

super article... i guess we just got to keep on dreaming. cheers!!

Posted by mr.cruizy on (March 24, 2011, 18:45 GMT)

i wonder what's wrong with people.. read the title at least... it says " A FANTASY "..ahhh it was something closer to SAADAT HASSAN MANTO..only if we ( indians and pakistanis) knew..but alas most of us don't even know one of the greatest writer of sub continent .. there is almost that very same touch to it. i just felt as if i was writing one of saadat hassan manto .. ITS A FANTASY people.. wake up before throwing these awkward comments such as " keep the ladies out of it " .. he just created a fantasy which is more related to the off-the-field activities of both pakis and indians..and i bet non of us would disagree :d..this is what we do after all..good write up this imran..keep them comming.. way way better than IAN CHAPELL

Posted by Longmemory on (March 24, 2011, 18:34 GMT)

This is wonderful stuff, some of it coming incredibly close to the lived realities for many subcontinentals in faraway lands. I fear the days of fantasizing about joint Indo-Pak XIs are long gone. It was the stuff of my youth though - pondering partnerships between Z Abbas and Viswanath or a bowling attack with Imran at one end and Kapil at the other. Today, the generation that thinks "if not India, it is best if Pak wins the world cup" is replaced by one that thinks "If not India, it is best that anyone but Pak win the cup" - and, of course, the reverse is true across the border. Thanks for evoking a bit of a past that is lamentably gone ...

Posted by intcamd on (March 24, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

very nice and funny. Not sure about the rumor that Pakistani women are hotter than their Indian sisters, don't think the Indian men are too bothered about that one..

Posted by tarak4u on (March 24, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

Well what do you have to say now............its no more a fantasy!!!

Posted by Dawar..Kazi on (March 24, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

will be a great match INSHALLAH PAKISTAN WILL WIN............... EVERYONE PLZ PRAY FOR GREEN SHIRTS..........!!!

Posted by sri1ram on (March 24, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

Wow, Imran, beautiful piece. And timed to perfection, just finished the match where India just about beat Australia. I remember a time schooling in New Jersey in 2003 when our reasonably spacious front room, believe it or not, was crammed with 65 people - ten Pakistanis in the front and fifty five Indians in the back -of course, we counted- for THE Indo-Pak match. One of the most memorable moments was to see one of the Pakistanis hush up his cheers on a good four from a Pakistani batsman and the Indians in the back immediately chiding him for controlling his emotions and to let it all out. It was a great give and take and a match most of us immensely enjoyed (India did win in the end), but with enough heart palpitations on either side. May the best team win this semi-final. May the crowd maintain peace whatever the situation. May the numerous Senas in Maharashtra not play politics, if it comes to pass. Ameen and Shaanti.

Posted by sri1ram on (March 24, 2011, 18:04 GMT)

Wow, Imran, beautiful piece. And timed to perfection, just finished the match where India just about beat Australia. I remember a time schooling in New Jersey in 2003 when our reasonably spacious front room, believe it or not, was crammed with 65 people - ten Pakistanis in the front and fifty five Indians in the back -of course, we counted- for THE Indo-Pak match. One of the most memorable moments was to see one of the Pakistanis hush up his cheers on a good four from a Pakistani batsman and the Indians in the back immediately chiding him for controlling his emotions and to let it all out. It was a great give and take and a match most of us immensely enjoyed (India did win in the end), but with enough heart palpitations on either side. May the best team win this semi-final. May the crowd maintain peace whatever the situation. May the numerous Senas in Maharashtra not play politics, if it comes to pass. Ameen and Shaanti.

Posted by Vaddadimurthy on (March 24, 2011, 17:53 GMT)

You are right. It happened mate. We will be witnessing a grand spectacle. Hail Cricket

Posted by shashankkrishnan on (March 24, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

And the fantasy comes true! Ladies and gentlemen - fasten your seatbelts!

Posted by tick on (March 24, 2011, 17:47 GMT)

indian and pakistani players off field have good relations..its seen a lot when they were touring each other regularly...apart from young hot blood of gambhir,kohli and akmals i don't think seniors get under the skin of each other..younis and harbhajan regularly share jokes on field because they almost speak same language..hopefully a cracker on 30th

Posted by Tamoor13 on (March 24, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

The ' India vs Pakistan' match will conmtinue as India beat Australia by 5 wickets due to Yuvraj Singhs outstanding performance puttin India into the semi-finals against Pakistan. What a match this would be, can India take on Afridi and can Pakistan stop Tendulkar. But all hopes on Pakistan as I am one of their biggest fans.

Posted by HowardChase on (March 24, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

Hello Imran,

Fantasy does become reality sometimes. You have now got your wish. I think India will just scrape through though.

Posted by LeftBrain on (March 24, 2011, 17:36 GMT)

Man, I have read quite a few good artciles, a number of brilliant ones as well, but this one is just awesome. Thanks Imran for putting things so much in balance. Until now I was of the opinion that Cricinfo has only one good writer, that is Osman Samiuddin, but after reading this one (and some of your previous ones) I am glad to announce Cricinfo's tally of good writers has increased by 100%!!!

Keep this good work going man, love your articles!!

Posted by SagirParkar on (March 24, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

your fantasy just came true !! :)

Posted by kash-cricomaniac on (March 24, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

An awesome article , true reflection of the euphoria surrounding this contest , and rigtly brought out the survival of Pak cricket inspite of amazing odds.

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 24, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

Good stuff. India-Pakistan happening. India will beat Aussies.

Posted by MehwishKhan on (March 24, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

Haha really enjoyed this interesting write-up Imran Yusuf. Will share in on my facebook wall. Keep it up! :)

Posted by LazyPlayer on (March 24, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

I like the piece especially the part states that "And Ashish Nehra and Kamran Akmal - well, they would have never even existed", had India and Pakistan been together!!!

I would say both would never have existed had selectors their mind in place also ;)!

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (March 24, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

Personal talk related to respective families are not justified, at all.

Posted by Brolly on (March 24, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

U out to be a bit ashamed of yourself leave the women out of it. talk about the cricket. I really wonder why these people that write these articles keep dragging women into it. Shame the article was marred by this.

Posted by Mr_Booze on (March 24, 2011, 8:19 GMT)

Imran, I'm a Kiwi, but I think this is one of my favourite-ever pieces I have read on Cricinfo.

Posted by diri on (March 24, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

What a great read!!!!!!!!!!!! intresting indeed

Posted by zeeshan.shahid on (March 24, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

brilliant each ov ur word holds a history

Posted by Katawazai on (March 24, 2011, 7:26 GMT)

Nice article. But heart attacks will come when Indai play Pakistan in Semi final. Don't know who is going to loose but let's pray that India win against Austrailia.

Posted by smalishah84 on (March 24, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

Wow............awesome and hilarious article.........you write very well imran......keep it up........this part was hilarious

"Both would imply in Hindi or Urdu that the other side had incestuous relations with their sisters.".........too good.....hahahha........awesome stuff imran.....keep it up

Posted by Amu123 on (March 24, 2011, 6:36 GMT)

India vs pakistan not going to happen,,, as Australia will win today,....

Posted by minaljjd on (March 24, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

agree with swordfiend...what is the purpose??!. cant believe someone has actually called it CLASSIC!

Posted by smartguy786 on (March 24, 2011, 6:33 GMT)

@swordfiend you must be a non paki/indian fan great article gud fantasy my fantasy team has half pak & indian players

Posted by Joji_ on (March 24, 2011, 5:46 GMT)

Great Articl Imran. Very creative and imaginative. Can't stop my self from sharing with my indian friends.

Posted by SachDa on (March 24, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

Very nice article Mr.Imran Yusuf... Makes you feel of the missed opportunities... Lets pray for an Ind Vs Pak S/F and may the better team wins...

Posted by Paki.Fan. on (March 24, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

Amazing article, Absolutely loved it.

Posted by gazaam23 on (March 24, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

I am not sure if any Pakistani ever fantisized of unpartitioned combined team. Most of the names like Miandad, Waseem, Imran, Asif Iqbal etc would have ended playing domestic cricket only. See Asif Iqbal never being selected in Indian team decided to migrate and became world class cricketer in Pak. In India, there are more red meat eaters than in Pakistan. I am sure in India, if they try they could produce more than one Waseem and Waqar and Imran - conditions are same, borders are same, people are same. A combined team would not have given the spice to cricket which India Pak games have given it.

Posted by sewd on (March 24, 2011, 5:24 GMT)

Brilliant Article' So true, the rivalry even today is unrivalled in the world of sports. Decades have passed since the partition, many of the original protagonists are in the grave only to be replaced by new generations. The caption in the photgraph was so hilarious and true. Last year I watched a football match where the German and English fans exhanged beers after the World cup match. Our fans will consider it a sacrilege, the cricket match is the nearest the fans will come to a war, we have had hundreds of them on the cricket field. Even today nothing tastes as bitter as losing to "the enemy" in any sphere of activity and similarly nothing tastes as sweet on a victory. Will we ever grow up from this desirable immaturity between the two nations?

Posted by itsagentlemansgame on (March 24, 2011, 5:02 GMT)

Saadat Hasan Manto: The substandard alcohol that he consumed destroyed his liver and in the winter of 1955 he fell victim to liver cirrhosis. During all these years in Lahore he waited for the good old days to return, never to find them again.He was 42 years old at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife Safiyah and three daughters.

Posted by akhilhp on (March 24, 2011, 4:56 GMT)

Great Imran... This is a great arrticle... I am an Indian and often I dream of a common team of India Pakistan... But alas only in dreams....Great and emotional article.....

Posted by gov544 on (March 24, 2011, 4:31 GMT)

I could not understand most of the players from either side know each other from their under 19 days.. they have played against each other & with each other(county, IPL) then why they get so aggressive on field???? as far as I know most of the Indian and Pakistani cricketers get along just fine Off the field.... so if they do it just to amuse the crowd or in heat of moment only they can answer......

Posted by Sameer_Ponnada on (March 24, 2011, 4:30 GMT)

very unprofessonal.. I miss the objective of this article.

Posted by Chacko1266 on (March 24, 2011, 4:25 GMT)

Awesome article...It articulates about 90% of the palaver (love the red meat one) that one would have during an India-Pakistan match.

Posted by arjunrangarajan85 on (March 24, 2011, 4:17 GMT)

I can't even count the number of times I've dreamt of an unpartitioned team. With all the great Pakistani and Indian players playing together. My mind boggles to think of the glorious triumphs that could have been ours together!

Posted by hampshire234 on (March 24, 2011, 4:17 GMT)

Awesome!!!... I enjoyed a lot...

Posted by swordfiend on (March 24, 2011, 3:43 GMT)

i dont get the point of this article?

Posted by CricFan24 on (March 24, 2011, 3:36 GMT)

CLASSIC piece ! If the country was still one there would have been an Asian version of the "Invincibles" , instead of Windies or Aussie dominance...Sunny, Sehwag, Abbas, Tendulkar, Miandad,Inzy, Kirmani,Akram,Waqar,Saqlain, Mushy etc....Ain't noone going to beat this team..Not the best ever Windies teams, Not the Aussies teams- Noone.

Posted by Eliya_Abbas_ on (March 24, 2011, 3:18 GMT)

Great seeing imran yusuf's articles being promoted from the Page 2 section to the Cricinfo magazine section... Congrats :)

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