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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

History then, and now

A curtain-raiser to the 2006 Indo-Pak series, looks at cricketing relations between the two sides down the years.
Their history can be traced back to the times when cricketing icons Lala Amarnath and Fazal Mahmood graced the game.
Both of them were born in Lahore and played against each other in club cricket. They were also witness to the gory bloodshed during the Partition days, which left a lifetime scar on their psyche.
Amarnath came close to being butchered on a violent train journey but was saved just in time by a police officer who arranged a Sikh's 'kada' for him, according to cricketing folklore.
On another train journey, Mahmood came in the line of fire of extremists but C K Nayudu brandished his bat and rescued him.
"Amarnath lost his ancestral house in Lahore, along with all his trophies and mementos, including the bat with which he had lashed India's first Test century, a piece of equipment he literally worshipped," according to Wisden.

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