Pakistan captain Babar Azam has shared that pictures of him and Indian captain Rohit Sharma laughing during the official photoshoot for the T20 World Cup 2022 were supposed to be ‘serious’ and ‘aggressive’ ones. However, arch-rivals India and Pakistan will meet in the Super 12 round of the ICC event in a Group 2 clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, October 23.
In the build-up to the tournament, pictures of Babar Azam and Rohit Sharma laughing during the official photo session went viral. They became the source of many hilarious memes as well. In a video posted on ICC’s official Instagram handle, Babar shared: (During the photoshoot), we were taking some headshots with a serious and aggressive face. During such shoots, when one is looking eye to eye at someone else, after a point invariably we break into some laughter. That’s what happened there. It was a nice funny moment.”
However, the bonding between Indian and Pakistani players are really good and it was seen during the Asia Cup as well. Cricketers from both nations had a number of friendly off-the-field interactions with each other as well.
Babar Azam said: “Off the field, we always meet in a good way. We understand and discuss things, which is what sportsman spirit is all about. It’s not just with India. We have a good bond with other teams as well. These things help us on the field as well. On the field, everyone gives their 100 percent for the country, but off the field, things are very cordial.”
Earlier, talking about the same, Rohit Sharma had said: “Whenever we meet – we chatted during the Asia Cup as well – we always talk about our families and all. We talk about life, which new car did you buy? And so on. Even the previous generation that played told us that they too discussed the same stuff.”