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        India-Pakistan: History through Cricket

        Discover how sport is one of the best ways to get to know a culture in this media gallery from Away Games. Learn the rules of the world's second most popular sport, cricket, in a video tutorial. Once you know your innings from your overs, use the photo gallery to see how cricket is both a bridge and a barrier between nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan.

        Classroom Support Materials for this resource include Discussion Questions, an Activity, Connections, and a Background Essay. This resource is part of the Away Games collection.

        An Away Games Cricket Tutorial

        Baffled by broad bats, white uniforms, and stiff-armed throws? Learn the rules, strategy, and history of the world’s second most popular sport in this Away Games cricket tutorial.

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        It is estimated that more than 20 million people were uprooted during partition in 1947.

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        Indian captain Lala Amarnath and Pakistani captain Abdul Hafeez Kardar are seen here in 1952 at the first India-Pakistan match in history. The two had been teammates on the Indian team before partition.

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        Since partition, India and Pakistan have fought four major wars and several minor ones. In 1971, India aided East Pakistan to secede and become the independent nation of Bangladesh. Pakistan lost half its territory.

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        India successfully tested “Smiling Buddha,” its first nuclear weapon, in May 1974. Pakistan detonated its first nuclear weapon in 1998.

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        Hindu nationalist leader Bal Thackeray, a passionate cricket fan, stirred up anti-Muslim sentiment in India, saying India’s Muslims should show their loyalty by weeping each time India lost to Pakistan in cricket.

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        Despite Thackeray’s efforts, the Indian crowd at Chennai (Madras) gave Pakistan a standing ovation after the visitors defeated the home team in January 1999. But nationalists dug up the cricket field in Delhi a few days later. (Image courtesy of Boria Majumdar. Image source: Hindu Archives)

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        With India and Pakistan at war again in Kashmir, a Pakistani fan burns an Indian flag before an India-Pakistan World Cup match at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England. Credit: Reuters Photographer. (Image source: Reuters)

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        Hindus and Muslim rioted across the Indian State of Gujarat in 2002 after a train carrying Hindu pilgrims mysteriously caught fire. Thousands died.

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        This photo captures India-Pakistan action at Karachi in March, 2004. Twenty thousand Indian fans traveled with their team to Pakistan, where they were received like long-lost brothers and sisters. (Image source: Reuters)

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        Cricket diplomacy at work. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani wave to the crowd at an India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal in Mohali, India. (Image source: Reuters)

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        Prospects for peace between India and Pakistan looked dim after 10 Pakistani-based terrorists attacked Mumbai in November of 2008. Their targets included a popular café, a luxury hotel, and a Jewish cultural center. Hundreds died. (Image courtesy Times of India)

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        After the Mumbai attacks, relations between India and Pakistan slowly improved. In January, 2013 Pakistan traveled to India for a five match cricket series. Here, fans outside Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium paint both flags on their faces.

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