T20 World Cup 2021: Shoaib Akhtar chills with Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev ahead of Indo-Pak clash

India and Pakistan will lock horns at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 24.

Shoaib Akhtar, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev
Shoaib Akhtar, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev. (Photo Source: Twitter/Shoaib Akhtar)
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With several exciting encounters are scheduled to take place in T20 World Cup 2021, the match between India and Pakistan has to be the mother of all clashes. The two arch-rivals will lock horns at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 24. India and Pakistan have a history of rivalry over the 22 yards and hence, fans can’t wait for the high-voltage game.

With stakes being so high in the encounter, former cricketers of both nations have backed their respective countrymen to emerge victoriously. Recently, however, some cricket stars of both nations were spotted hanging out together. Former Pakistan speedster took to Twitter and shared some candid pictures with the likes of Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Zaheer Abbas.

Shoaib Akhtar and others all set for the ‘cricket ka maha muqabla’

“Chilling with the best of the best. The great Zaheer Abbas, Sunil Gavaskar & Kapil Dev. All set for the cricket ka maha muqabla. #Pakistan #India #WorldCup,” Akhtar captioned the post. With the names in the frame being prominent, the picture went viral in no time and fans were curious to know how the discussion unfolded.

Meanwhile, India have a perfect record against Pakistan in World Cup events. The two sides have met in 12 World Cup matches so far – 7 in ODIs and 5 in T20Is – and the Men in Blue crossed the line every single time. Hence, Babar Azam and his men will have the onus to defy history in Dubai. The two sides last met in the 2019 World Cup and India clinched the run-curtailed contest by 89 runs.

While the fans and experts are all hyped about the big game, Indian captain Virat Kohli asserted he treats the contest as just another game of cricket.

“I have just approached this game as another game of cricket and I know there is a lot of hype around this game, more so with ticket sales and demands of tickets,” Kohli said during a virtual press-meet organised by the ICC on Saturday. While the history is favouring India, the Pakistan side is studded with prominent stars and T20 is a format of uncertainty. Hence, it would be interesting to see how the game pans out.

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