India-Pakistan game is nothing less than a war, says Virender Sehwag
In other words, he was in favour of India playing against Pakistan in the World Cup.
Updated - Apr 12, 2019 9:41 pm
Hell had broken loose a few days ago in the wake of the terror attack on a soldiers’ convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama as a number of former cricketers sought to boycott the game against Pakistan in the upcoming ICC World Cup in England. Former cricketers like Gautam Gambhir said there is nothing wrong if India forfeited the Pakistan match in the World Cup. Others though felt India should rather play and win against the arch-rivals.
India have never lost a game against Pakistan in WC
The Men in Blue have never lost a game against Pakistan at the World Cup. The two played their first game in 1992 and since then, they have played six games, winning all. India’s last victory over Pakistan in a WC game came in Adelaide in 2015 which they won by 76 runs. This time, the arch-rivals are set to lock horns at Old Trafford, Manchester, on June 16.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag also harbours a strong sentiment when it comes to India-Pakistan rivalry in cricket. He feels when the two teams play in a cricket match, it is nothing short of a war and India should win the war, not lose it.
The former dashing opener who is one of those Indian batters to score over 1,000 runs against Pakistan, said this when asked whether India should play Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup. “There are two points which are discussed, whether we should have a war with Pakistan or not (and whether we should play Pakistan),” he was quoted as saying by NDTV.
“There is another point that is discussed. We should do whatever is good for the country’s welfare. When India and Pakistan play a match, it is nothing less than a war. We should win the war, not lose it.”
The 40-year-old former cricketer featured in two World Cup clashes with Pakistan (2003 and 2011) and especially the semi-final in Mohali played in 2011 is remembered for him belting five fours in one over from pacer Umar Gul.