As the anticipation builds for the highly awaited India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup 2023, cricket fans were treated to a heartening sight as players from both teams engaged in warm exchanges during practice sessions at the Pallekele Stadium.
Ahead of their high stakes match in the Asia Cup 2023, India’s Men in Blue led by captain Rohit Sharma shared moments of camaraderie with their Pakistani counterparts during a practice session at the Pallekele Stadium. Star batter Virat Kohli and pace bowler Mohammed Siraj were seen exchanging pleasantries with Pakistan players, painting a picture of mutual respect and friendly banter amidst the intense competition.
In a heartwarming video shared by Pakistan Cricket on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), Virat Kohli could be seen shaking hands with Pakistan’s Haris Rauf and sharing an affectionate hug on the ground. The two players engaged in a brief conversation before returning to their respective training routines, exemplifying the spirit of cricket that transcends national boundaries.
But the warmth extended beyond just handshakes. Kohli, known for his infectious energy, was captured sharing a light-hearted moment with Pakistan’s Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi after a practice session. Their laughter-filled interaction showcased the camaraderie that exists even in the heat of one of cricket’s most anticipated rivalries. The friendly exchange was a testament to the bond that players forge through their shared love for the game.
The captains of the respective teams also indulged in cordial conversations. India’s Rohit Sharma was seen engrossed in discussions with Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and batsman Imam Ul Haq, highlighting the mutual respect that exists between leaders in the cricketing fraternity.
While the players enjoyed these moments of connection, both teams are meticulously preparing for the match that holds immense significance for fans and players alike. Pakistan has announced an unchanged playing XI, featuring a potent combination of pace and spin bowling all-rounders. On the other hand, India faces some intriguing decisions, notably concerning the batting position of Ishan Kishan and the selection of their bowling unit.
Indian Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.
Pakistan Playing XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf.