Home > Sports News > Cricket News > Article > We have been starved of India Pakistan Test match rivalry Ponting

We have been starved of India-Pakistan Test match rivalry: Ponting

Updated on: 12 August,2022 10:53 PM IST  |  New Delhi
IANS |

"As a cricket lover like I am and a cricket observer, any time those sorts of battles come up it's almost always nice to sit back and watch because everything just goes up a notch, doesn't it?" Ponting added

We have been starved of India-Pakistan Test match rivalry: Ponting

Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. File Pic/AFP


Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting feels that the pinnacle of Test match cricket will be actual rivalry between India and Pakistan as Ashes is for England and Australia.


Ponting played in a lot of big matches at major tournaments during his career, with the rivalry between Australia and England during the Ashes the greatest he experienced. He relished the extra demands that went with those clashes.



"To be totally honest it's one that we've been starved of, haven't we? looking back at the last 15 or 20 years," Ponting said in the latest episode of The ICC Review.


"As a cricket lover like I am and a cricket observer, any time those sorts of battles come up it's almost always nice to sit back and watch because everything just goes up a notch, doesn't it?," he added.

Notably, India and Pakistan haven't played each other at Test level since they fought out a high-scoring draw in Bengaluru in 2007, with Sourav Ganguly's 239 making headlines.

Also Read: Dil Se Desi: Indian origin cricketers who played for other countries

There is still an outside chance the two nations could meet again in the final of the ICC World Test Championship next year and Ponting would love to see the rivalry grow even further with the addition of more red-ball cricket.

The rivalry between India and Pakistan is one of cricket's biggest. Asked how this already great rivalry would be even further strengthened, the Australian suggested about Test cricket.

"When I think about rivalries, Australia and England and Ashes cricket is the pinnacle I've always thought of for our Test match game," Ponting noted.

"I'm sure India and Pakistanis will say the same about that and the actual rivalry would be the pinnacle of Test match cricket for those two countries as well," he added.

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Register for FREE
to continue reading !

This is not a paywall.
However, your registration helps us understand your preferences better and enables us to provide insightful and credible journalism for all our readers.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK