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An Ashes unfortunately cannot rival a Pakistan-India match, never experienced anything like it: Kobus Olivier

India defeated Pakistan by four wickets in their last match at the T20 World Cup 2022.

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The social media war is yet to end after India’s high-voltage clash against Bangladesh on Wednesday, November 2. A couple of controversies emerged after the match as Nurul Hasan pointed out a potential ‘fake fielding’ by Virat Kohli while some theories state how India managed to manipulate the umpires to start the game even after the outfield was wet following a shower. Now interestingly, not everyone complaining are Bangladesh supporters. The Pakistan fans have also joined hands to mock the Indian cricketers and currently, there’s a massive feud going on between these two fanbases and that proves how heated this rivalry has become!

Over the years, there has been a massive debate about which is the greatest rivalry in cricket. While Ashes is the oldest rivalry in history, Indo-Pak brings modern-day charm to it. In recent times, the IND-PAK clash have broken a lot of attendance record and viewership and as per former South Africa international, Kobus Olivier, it is actually better than England versus Australia rivalry these days.

“I have spent a lot of time in the UK and they have always talked of the Ashes, the big one in cricket but the Ashes unfortunately I believe cannot rival a Pakistan-India match. I have never experienced something like it. I was fortunate one year to be in India. I was in Chennai during a match of the Asia Cup and it was a India versus Pakistan match and the whole of Chennai came to a standstill. Everybody was just watching cricket and after the match, everyone was talking about the match. So, it was unique and in England, it wasn’t anything like that. I would be in a taxi, talking about the Ashes and the taxi driver wouldn’t even - He would talk about Liverpool playing Manchester,” said Kobus on BatBricks7 presents Run Ki Runneeti show on CricTracker.

Pakistan versus India is quite a unique rivalry: Kobus Olivier

India versus Pakistan game always brings some heat, and pressure but most importantly loads of entertainment. Recently, when these two sides met in the T20 World Cup 2022, the fate of the match was decided in the final ball when Ravichandran Ashwin chipped the ball to script a magnificent win in India’s favour. Social media was once again buzzing after the match and it happens every time these two sides take the field. Thus calling it a unique rivalry, the CEO of Ukrainian cricket lauded the never-ending feud.

“Pakistan versus India is quite a unique rivalry and it adds so much to cricket. It really gives something to the game, something unique,” Kobus said in the same show.

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