The ICC T-20 World Cup is only days away from now. Preparations are underway and so are the pre-tournament photoshoots. Just like every other World Cup, the talk of the town is India vs Pakistan. The arch-rivals will be facing each other on October 23 at the MCG, with Men in Blue looking to avenge last year’s defeat, a defeat that still haunts us.
Even though there is more than a week left for the match to begin, the two Captains – Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam – are in the news for something else. Their pictures at the recently concluded photoshoot have received mixed reactions from the fans.
In the pictures, Rohit and Babar are seen smiling and nearly hugging each other. Fans, who are so used to seeing the likes of Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi going all-out against each other, aren’t pleased with this friendly behavior. They want that intense “STFU and bowl. I’ll hit you out of the MCG” type of rivalry back. Ex-Cricketers, Experts and Netizens – they all have had their say.
Here are some of the top reactions to the friendly photoshoot of the two skippers :-
#INDvPAK #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/F3eFtKH7Er
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 15, 2022
Looks like a pre-wedding photoshoot 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/Y7uqnwZS01
— ` (@FourOverthrows) October 15, 2022
— The Engineer Bro (@theengineerbroo) October 15, 2022
Rohit Sharma doing better work than United Nations for world peace. Admit it pic.twitter.com/vQGOn2UDiz
— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) October 15, 2022
When you meet your ex’s boyfriend pic.twitter.com/fHPexiXUKs
— Ujjawal Athrav (@Ujjawal_athrav) October 15, 2022
Couple on Relatives
Stage watching them pic.twitter.com/cn7XzQXOUg
— 🇮🇳 رومانا (@RomanaRaza) October 15, 2022
— 🅱🆄🅽🅽🆈🥳🌈 (@aakash_lakhia) October 15, 2022
Ye India & Pak ke hi players hai na? 👀 #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/8OvEihcxQm
— Brajen Bora (@RC_Sarcasm1) October 15, 2022
Friendly behavior with your opponents is not bad. After all, they’re sports persons representing their country and not soldiers at war. However, the magnitude of this rivalry is such that it goes beyond sports. Hardcore fans cherish that intensity and cut-throat competitiveness on the field. They don’t want the players hanging out, sharing moments of joy and cracking jokes.
Irrespective of what happens off-the-field, we all should just hope and pray that we are the ones bursting Crackers on Chhoti Diwali with double enthusiasm. On October 23, we all will be glued to our Television and Laptop Screens. Here’s hoping our neighbors break theirs once the match is over. Come soon, dear Sunday.