Starting on Sunday, Sri Lanka will play Namibia in the first match of the T20 World Cup in Australia. Eight teams will compete for the four remaining slots in the Super 12 stage of the event during the first round of the tournament. The rematch of the 2021 T20 World Cup final between reigning champions Australia and runner-up New Zealand will kick off the second stage of the World Cup on October 22. The most anticipated match, however, would take place the next day at the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground and pit India against Pakistan. The two captains, Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam, also had a picture session for the event before the high-stakes game, which caused a meme-fest on social media.

All 16 tournament captains appeared at a massive news conference that the ICC organized on Saturday, the day before play began in Australia. Following the press conference, the captains took part in a photo shoot, and the International Cricket Council subsequently revealed the images of Rohit and Babar together. It was posted with the hashtags “Rohit Sharma Babar Azam #Cricket #CricketReels #T20WorldCup” on Instagram, and one of the fans commented, “Average Indian/Pakistani wedding pics,” in response.

Here are the responses from other admirers on social media to the images:

“We are aware of the game against Pakistan, but there is no need to constantly bring it up and put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Every time we compete against Pakistani athletes, we discuss how they and how their families are. We just discuss current events, how people are doing, and any new cars they have recently purchased or plan to purchase “explained Rohit at the press conference.

Babar said, “The game is always intense when you play against India. Fans eagerly anticipate this game, and we like watching the action on the field. We try to play good cricket and we look to give our best.”