Sourav Ganguly faced the Pakistan fans with a smile who waved the Pakistan’s flag in front of his car. (Express Photo)
India vs Pakistan 2017, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final: The dream final between India and Pakistan is just a day away and there are no bounds to the craziness and excitement among the fans. Amidst the hustle bustle, some Pakistan fans took it to another level. The fans started shouting slogans and waving Pakistan flag in front of the former Indian batsman’s car. Despite this, Ganguly faced it bravely and waved at them with a smile. This kind of incidents start doing the rounds every time both sides are pitted against each other.
The clash will be the fourth time that both teams are paired up against each other in the Knockout of an ICC tournament. The other incidents being, 1996 World Cup Quarter-Final, M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, 2007 T20 World Cup Semi-Final, Johannesburg and 2011 World Cup Semi-Final, Mohali.
India played exceptionally well in their virtual semi-final against South Africa in the group stage and semi-final against Bangladesh. Pakistan, on the other hand, was gifted the match by Sri Lankans by due to their bad fielding in the group stage but outclassed England in the semis.
While the comeback of the Pakistani side is appreciated by the Indian legends, Pakistan’s former captain Aamer Sohail hinted at match-fixing for the team’s performance against England on a Pakistani news channel.
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Contrary to this, Shahid Afridi on his official Facebook page wrote,”Sports are supposed to bring nations closer and not take them at war. India and Pakistan have been arch rivals but despite that, I have let that remain till the field and not brought it home,” pointing towards peace between the two nations. The last time the two teams played against each other was a bilateral series in the 2012-13 season.