Meanwhile, we are arguing whether India should go to Pakistan next year or not to play the Asia Cup that is scheduled to take place in Pakistan; there was a time when Pakistan got a standing ovation in India.
Those who did not see the match, would not believe that we did have that acknowledgment for a good cricket match even though it is against Pakistan.
It was the year 1999 when India fought against Pakistan at the border in the Kargil war. In the same year, Chennai hosted the first of three Tests series against Pakistan. India was given a massive total of 271 to chase in their fourth innings.
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India’s top order collapsed, putting the team in a dangerous position at 82/5. Even though it seemed bleak but the 25-year-old master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was still at the helm and was doing what is known for now.
After struggling with back discomfort, Tendulkar scored one of his best Test hundreds. India were just 17 runs short with three wickets remaining when Sachin got out. Pakistan, though, would finish off the Indian tail in a mere four more runs, eking out a close 12-run win over the host.
Those in attendance at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium were moved by Pakistan’s tenacity and will to succeed.
Even though India and Pakistan have a long history of animosity against one another, the crowd in Chennai gave the visiting team a standing ovation after their hard-fought triumph.