As the Asia Cup 2023 unfolds, former Indian cricketer and broadcaster Aakash Chopra has pointed out an intriguing historical fact—despite India and Pakistan being the two most formidable teams in the competition, they have never faced each other in the final of the tournament.
India has already secured a place in the final of the Asia Cup, scheduled for Sunday, September 17. Meanwhile, co-hosts Sri Lanka and Pakistan are set to compete in a virtual semi-final match, where the winner will advance to the summit clash.
Chopra, in a video on his YouTube channel, discussed the phenomenon of an India-Pakistan final eluding the Asia Cup throughout its history. He noted that while attempts have been made to ensure multiple clashes between the arch-rivals in the tournament, it has never materialized in the final.
Chopra also highlighted an interesting aspect of this year’s Asia Cup, where the India-Pakistan fixture was the only one to receive a reserve day, unlike other matches in the Super Four stage. He humorously remarked, “So, it seems like it’s an India-Pakistan tournament. Only India-Pakistan gets a reserve day as well, no one else gets it.”
While the Asia Cup is known for its intense India-Pakistan encounters, the final showdown between these cricketing giants has remained elusive, creating an element of unpredictability and excitement for cricket fans.
As Sri Lanka and Pakistan gear up for their virtual semi-final, all eyes will be on whether history repeats itself, or if the tournament finally witnesses an India-Pakistan final showdown. Regardless of the final outcome, the Asia Cup continues to be a thrilling showcase of cricketing talent and fierce rivalries in the cricketing world.