Ever since the fixtures for Asia Cup 2018 were announced, the world geared up for arguably the biggest clash of the year -- India vs Pakistan. The two arch-rivals last met each other on the playing field in 2017 during the final of ICC Champions Trophy. Then, the Men in Green (Pakistan), against all the odds, battered the Men in Blue (India) to lift the trophy. Since the finale, the two nations haven't faced each other in any form, hence, the fixture in the upcoming Asia Cup became a much-awaited affair.
Every clash between these two countries raises decibels and stakes, and this match will be no different. When the players from the two teams step on the field on September 19, the atmosphere is expected to be hostile.
With social media abuzz with the hype surrounding this headline fixture, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has unexpectedly featured in the headlines. Sania Mirza, who is married to Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, is often subject to much criticism from both sets of fans. And on the eve of this clash between the two neighbors, the Indian tennis ace has decided to sign off from social media temporarily.
She took to Twitter to convey her decision with less than 24 hours left for the fixture, reminding her fans that it was just a game at the end of the day. The tweet read: "Soo less than 24hrs to go for this match,safe to sign out of social media for a few days since the amount of nonsense thts gonna b said here can make a ‘regular’ person sick ,let alone a pregnant one. Later guys!Knock yourselves out!BUT remember-ITS ONLY A CRICKET MATCH! Toodles!"
The previous India-Pakistan matches have always been high-voltage affairs, you can expect more of the same when these two sides step on the field today. From India's point of view, the Men in Blue have a great chance of getting the better of their rivals if Shikhar Dhawan maintains his red-hot form at the top of the batting order. Debutant bowler Khaleel Ahmed will be looking to build on the performance from his previous game. While Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, who are proven match-winners, will back themselves to score important runs.