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Harbhajan Singh’s Response To Dream Of India-Pakistan IPL Collaboration
By CricShots - Mar 15, 2024 7:28 pm
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Cricket fans often indulge in the age-old debate of imagining dream teams, especially when it comes to combining players from arch-rivals India and Pakistan. The desire to witness stars from both nations playing together, even if just in a franchise league like the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been a longstanding wish for many enthusiasts. Recently, a fan took to social media to express this desire, envisioning a scenario where Indian stalwarts like Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah share the field with Pakistani maestros Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi in the IPL.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh

However, veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh swiftly intervened with a tongue-in-cheek response, brushing aside the notion as a far-fetched dream. “Dream for many Indian and Pakistani cricket fans,” the fan captioned images of the four cricketers. “No Indian hv such dreams .. you guys plz stop dreaming 😴😂😂 wake up now,” Harbhajan curtly remarked, dousing the hopes of such a crossover.

 

While Harbhajan’s dismissal may seem pragmatic, the notion of witnessing a confluence of talent from both nations on the IPL stage remains tantalizing for cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

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The inaugural edition of the IPL back in 2008 witnessed the brief inclusion of Pakistani luminaries such as Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, and Sohail Tanvir, the latter emerging as a standout performer by clinching the Purple Cap. Tanvir’s stellar bowling for the Rajasthan Royals earned him the accolade of the season’s highest wicket-taker, amplifying the league’s allure.

Despite this initial spark, subsequent editions saw a void in Pakistani representation due to strained diplomatic ties between the neighbouring nations. In the current cricketing landscape, Babar Azam, captaining Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League, epitomizes the talent pool in his homeland.

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As the IPL beckons once more, with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings squaring off against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the fervour for cricket’s premier T20 extravaganza is palpable, albeit tinged with the lingering hope of transcending boundaries for a truly global spectacle.