I pretty much agree with many of the opinions here.
Many of you have heard this before, but I read the manga without any romance in mind. I just devoured the whole thing right up to the Itachi/Uchiha Clan Massarce flashbacks at the waterfall fight.
When I sat back and thought about everything, I realised that Naruto and Sakura had this spark, this chemistry, between them. While Sakura did publicly chase Sasuke, it was clear he never thought of her as a romantic interest and she was trying to be someone she wasn't.
I love how Naruto and Sakura are shown to have deepening feelings for each other, based on solid reasons.
They have so much in common, and compliment each other nicely. Sakura is also the only girl who will pull Naruto back when he gets out of line! Naruto's courage and determination also inspires Sakura. It just feels so natural between them.
It's definitely certain that, without Naruto, Sakura would not have become a medic-nin. She wouldn't have started to realise her potential. Hell, she was ready to just give up until Naruto told her he wouldn't drop his promise.
I have no idea how long it will be until Naruto and Sakura get together - if they do get together, touch wood! But I like the gradual growth of their relationship.
I will never forget that day Chapter 245 was published. XD It's far better than the rushed romance you regularly see in films, other manga, and books.
It's so powerful when a friendship deepens into love. I honestly think that is the best form of love (in my opinion), and I don't think the "princess is swept off her feet by a knight in shining armour" romance holds any water for me.
I feel in love with narusaku sometime around when that filler episode was out and they were trying to get into Orochimaru's lair...and Sakura got jealous of the filler ninja that was there for those episodes.. I remember Naruto called her cute.. and Sakura was like.. what? and I'm not?
she was jealous.. it was so cute.. <3
so yeah that is when I started to like it. I like the way you said you liked the pairing.