A cricket contest between India and Pakistan is no less than a virtual war for it has been one of the greatest sporting rivalries in the world. No one Forget that showpiece event of the 1996 World Cup When India v Pakistan in a knockout clash in a quarter-final in Bangalore. India posted a mammoth total of 287 runs riding on Navjot Singh Sidhu’s brilliant 93 and Ajay Jadeja’s ballistic 25-ball 45. Saeed Anwar and stand-in captain Aamer Sohail thumping 84 off the first 10 overs. The 35,000 spectators packed into the Chinnaswamy Stadium, who’d gone wild at the end of the Indian innings, were almost in a state of shock, silently praying for a breakthrough.
Turning point of the match
Anwar fell with the score on 84 but Sohail continued to shred the opening bowlers. He brought up his fifty at more than a run a ball and celebrated with a sizzling slash off Venkatesh Prasad, who was booed in certain stands despite being a local. Once the ball had raced away to the extra-cover fence, Sohail openly lampooned Prasad, pointing to the region with the bat as if to say, “Go, fetch that”. Sohail tried to repeat the slash off the next ball, though it was on off stump, and was comprehensively bowled. A charged-up Prasad gave him a send-off (“Go home, you f****** bastard”) and the quiet tension suddenly gave way to an eruption, as the crowd realised that the tide had turned.
Chasing the total of 287, Pakistan managed to score just 248 runs in that game but the match is best remembered for that iconic moment.