‘India vs Pakistan is not just a game of cricket, it is a border rivalry’

Kolkata: The enormity of the Indo-Pak rivalry is not lost on R Ashwin, who considers it bigger than the Ashes but the Indian off-spinner also feels that players will have to keep their emotions in check during Saturday’s high-voltage World Twenty20 clash here.

India and Pakistan are heading into the much-anticipated clash with contrasting results. The hosts suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of New Zealand while Pakistan roared into form with a crushing win over Bangladesh.

“This rivalry is huge, it’s hard to say how huge it is. It’s probably bigger than the Ashes,” Ashwin said on the eve of the high-octane clash.

“As far as the Indians and Pakistanis go, I don’t think they watch this game as a game of cricket. It’s more of a border rivalry. They want to get one up on each other. There’s much more rather than this game taking center stage. As far as people are concerned, they put their emotions into the game.

“For the players, it’s all about keeping their emotions aside and trying to play the best way we can,” he said.



  1. Enormity: the great or extreme scale
  2. Anticipated: To regard as probable
  3. Contrasting: differ strikingly
  4. Humiliating: loweringthe pride, self-respect, or dignity of a person
  5. Rivalry: competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field
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