Has the India-Pakistan Cricket Rivalry Lost its Mojo?


Has the India-Pakistan Cricket Rivalry Lost its Mojo?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


few years back, India playing a cricket match against Pakistan was like a festival, akin to a Salman Khan Eid release or the launch of a new season of Coke Studio. What added to the buzz was an air of unpredictability – much like the plot of a K-serial you’d never know what to expect. People came back from the dead in a daily soap, and on the field the most inconsistent players would discover form on D-Day. Pakistan’s bowling could destroy India’s batting order or Sachin could have another one of those blitzkrieg nights in Sharjah.

Like India’s foreign policy, an India-Pakistan match was full of ups and downs. But that was back in the ’90s and to say things have changed would be an understatement. These days when India faces Pakistan, nine times out of ten, you don’t even hear of the game until you have Cricinfo bookmarked. What are the chances?