Bristol:There has already been much talk about how India-Pakistan series is lacking in intensity. But even so, perhaps nothing else in cricket quite compares to it.
So much so that the rivalry has even caught the fancy of a host of British fans. Its not the Barmy army but a single person who's barmy enough to want to travel thousands of miles to watch the contest.
Emily Crick, not Cricket is so fascinated by the gentleman's game that she will travel 4000 miles from England to Delhi to watch the first India-Pakistan Test match.
As far as form goes, she's obviously a traditionalist preferring the warring whites, but in complete contradiction to her English roots, Emily prefers the indo-Pak rivalry to the Ashes.
"Cricket in the subcontinent is much more passionate. All the people show their passion for cricket in much more exciting ways. In England, people love cricket but they are very reserved about it, very gentle, but I like the colours, the festival atmosphere, the chanting of music.
"And the way they interact with England fans is great. They sing off against each other and I think that's fantastic, you don't get that in football, or other European sports," said Crick.
Emily has been a permanent fixture at the Indo-Pak games since 2004. Her love for the game extends beyond the boundary. The 34-year-old in fact is currently doing her PhD on Cricket Diplomacy between India and Pakistan.
"I looked at cricket diplomacy at different level - at a political level and also on a people to people level. At a political level India and Pakistan use cricket in different ways.
"India uses cricket as a form of sanction and Pakistan uses it as a form to engender meetings with India. At a people to people level, people of both countries love cricket and it is a way for both people to meet each other and for me I think that's a good thing," she said.
The gentleman's game of cricket may have originated in England but it is the colour and passion of the game in the subcontinent that connects this generation of Britishers like Emily to the game.