Even though India and Pakistan aren’t currently playing each other in a bilateral cricket series, they have had numerous successful meetings in the past. In 2012, when Pakistan toured India for two T20Is and as many ODIs, the two teams last competed in a bilateral series. Since then, the sides have only played each other in the continental (Asia Cup) and international (ICC) competitions due to rising political tensions between the two nations.
The 2004 India tour of Pakistan is well-remembered by cricket fans around for the caliber of play from both teams. In five One-Day Internationals and three Test matches against Pakistan, the Sourav Ganguly-led Indian squad triumphed, winning the ODI series 3-2 and the Test series 2-1.
Asad Rauf, a former Pakistani umpire who officiated all five ODIs during the visit, has recently shared a memory from the contest in Lahore. Rauf described how the Indian team initially “disappointed” him for a decision he made in favor of Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, but later came to respect him after seeing the replays and realizing he was right.
“It was India’s tour of Pakistan in 2004. It was a big series. I was the umpire in all the five ODIs of that series. Inzamam played a sweep shot during one of the ODI against India in Lahore. The ball first hit his hands, then his shoulder, and then he was caught at slip. I had seen that the ball had hit the hands first, and so I gave it not out,” Rauf recalled during a chat on Sports Paktv.
“The Indians were quite disappointed with that. They were saying I was favoring them because I’m a Pakistan umpire. But when the drinks break happened, the man who brought drinks told me that everyone is now praising your decision because the replays had shown that I was indeed right,” Rauf further said.
Inzamam had scored a century (123) in that game, but India chased down a 294-run target with five overs to spare.