Indian team needs Sachin Tendulkar for another year: Waqar Younis

Zaheer Khan and Sachin Tendulkar

"The Indo-Pak cricket match is mother of all games. It's unfortunate that less cricket was played between the two neighbours since 2004. Hopefully, the upcoming series will herald a new era in Indo-Pak ties. You can feel the pressure when the two sides are involved in a contest. There's nothing much entertaining than that. It's same as the Ashes series," said Waqar.

Wasim said, "It's a new beginning and I hope that we play each other on a regular basis. The beauty of Indo-Pak series lies in the pressure we go through. Whenever we had played against India, we were always told back home to go and win."

Also sharing the dias were the former India captains, Kapil Dev, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly.

Azhar thanked the BCCI and PCB for the efforts they made to resume the bilateral cricket ties and said it will help in bridging the gap between the two countries.

"I am happy with it and hope the upcoming series becomes a regular affair. It's a positive step," he said.

Kapil, while blaming the media for always projecting the Indo-Pak series as "Mahayudh", said that people of both sides want to see the game of cricket and nothing else.

"You (media) have treated it as more than a series which is wrong. There are only five per cent people who don't want to see the neighbours united but there are still 95 per cent people on both sides who want cordial relationship between us," said Kapil.

Ganguly, who led the team to victory against Pakistan in 2004, said it's always special to play them and come out victorious.

When asked about the dearth of fast bowlers in India, Wasim said India always looked up to Sachin or Sunil Gavaskar as their role models while aspiring Pakistani cricketers had Imran Khan's image in mind.

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