Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has on multiple occasions in the past spoken about the camaraderie he shares with some of his Indian rivals like Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh. While they were rivals on the field, off it they were friends, pulling each other's legs and joking around in a group.
Fortunately the same has continued even after they are not that active in international cricket anymore. While Akhtar did announce his retirement from international cricket, Harbhajan has only been regular in the Indian Premier League, playing his last match in the Indian leg of the tournament in 2021.
The two of them got engaged in some hilarious social media banter this time around. While it was the Rawalpindi Express who initiated it sharing a picture with Harbhajan as the two were attending an event in Dubai to discuss the India-Pakistan clash in the T20 World Cup 2021. Akhtar tried to troll Bhajji as he referred to him as "Mr. I know it all".
However, the veteran India spinner was also quick to respond and had the last laugh with his remark. "When u have 400 plus test wickets am sure you know more about cricket then someone with less then 200 wickets ? ??♂️," the Turbanator wrote.
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Notably, India and Pakistan are set to begin their respective T20 World Cup matches with a clash against each other at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24. While Pakistan have enjoyed their moments of domination in this rivalry, as far as the record in the World Cup - 50 Overs or T20 is concerned, both have been dominated by Team India.
In fact, the Virat Kohli-led team enjoys a 100 per cent track record in these world events. While the Men in Blue would want to take the confidence of that record heading into this match, Babar Azam's men would want to replicate the kind of performance which handed India a defeat in the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2017.
However, Kohli said ahead of the match that they are treating it as just another cricket match.
"I have just approached this game (against Pakistan) 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 at a press conference ahead of the tournament.