India and Pakistan may not have the best of relations as neighbors but the same cannot be said about their cricketers. Time and again, cricketers from both sides of the border have revealed the cordial relationship that they share with each other.
India and Pakistan have not played a Test series since 2007 after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008 forced the BCCI to severe its bilateral ties. But back in the 1980s, both sides regularly locked horns with each in Test cricket.
Pakistan visited India for a five-match Test series in 1987. It proved to be a memorable tour for the visitors as they won the last Test in Bangalore to take the series 1-0. But, it wasn’t just cricket that these two sides played during the rubber. They played Holi too, and how!
Former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad opened up on that memorable experience in a Youtube video posted on his official channel.
“During the Bangalore Test, both the teams were staying in the same hotel. There was not much to do around there. In the evening, we all used to spend time together. It was around Holi season,” Miandad recalled.
He added “People started playing Holi in the hotel. I remember we even entered Imran Khan’s room and everyone was putting colors on each other. We did not even leave Indian cricketers. They, of course, had no problems,”
Threw Ravi Shastri in the swimming pool: Javed Miandad
Javed Miandad also revealed a hilarious incident involving the current Indian coach Ravi Shastri.
“Ravi Shastri was hiding. We entered his room, and we picked him up and we threw him in the pool. All of us really enjoyed together,” he said.
The Bangalore Test of 1987 will forever be remembered for the masterclass displayed by legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar. On a spiteful pitch, the original Little Master waged a lone battle, accumulating a 264-ball 96 in India’s fourth-innings run-chase of 220.
The brilliance of Gavaskar’s innings can be gauged from the fact that the next best score from an Indian batsman was 26 by Mohammad Azharuddin. India eventually lost the game by 16 runs, handing Pakistan a 1-0 series win in the 5-match series.