On Sunday, the 16th of June, arch-rivals and neighbors India and Pakistan will be meeting for 7th time since the inception of the ICC World Cup. The much anticipated India vs. Pakistan matches always give viewers a spectacle, with supporters in both countries glued to their screens.
We thought it would be interesting to go down memory lane and see how matches between the two teams have gone so far. Before getting into a play-by-play, let’s look at some interesting facts about these matches:
Pakistan and India have been up against each other six times at the World Cup. Unfortunately, India has won every single match. Interestingly enough, India also won nearly every single toss.
While India has beaten us at every World Cup match, when looking at all the matches we’ve played against them, Pakistan comes out on top. From the 131 matches played between the two, Pakistan has won 76 of those matches while India has come out on top in 54.
Both teams have taken home the gold at some point. Pakistan, as we are all pretty aware of, took the gold home in 1992. India has done so on 2 occasions, in 1983 and 2011 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni respectively.
Old Pakistani and Indian players used to play on the same team prior to the partition. Some of the pioneers of cricket in Pakistan, including Amir Elahi, Gul Mohammed and Abdul Hafeez Kardar, all played for India before the partition under the sub-continent team.
Both teams seem to be neck-in-neck at the world cup, with a balanced team. Virat Kohli and Saeed Anwar are the only centurions in the Pakistan vs India World Cup matches, making sure neither has an advantage. Furthermore, only Venkatesh Prasad, Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan have taken 5 wickets in all India vs Pakistan clashes.
In 1992 Pakistan met India for the first time in the Cricket World Cup, India won by 43 runs and Sachin Tendulkar was named man of the match. He scored 54 of 62 balls and made it for India. An interesting event that occurred was when Javed Miandad trolled Indian wicket-keeper Kiran More by jumping up and down. The match was played in Sydney.
In 1996, the archrivals met for a second time in the World Cup, again Pakistan lost by 39 runs. Navjot Sidhu was named man of the match by scoring a brilliant knock of 93 to win it for India. This match was played in Bangalore. Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad sent off Aamer Sohail after a dramatic reply to the Pakistani opener, who warned Prasad of an imminent spanking at the end of the previous delivery.
In 1999, India thrashed Pakistan by 47 runs in Manchester. Venkatesh Prasad bowled beautifully and took five wickets to win it for India. He was named man of the match. The stadium was jam-packed to watch these two rivals, who were at the time, engaged in the Kargil War
In 2003, the match was played in Centurion South Africa. Pakistan scored 273 runs with the help of Saeed Anwar’s century. It was considered a very good total at that time. India chased it down in 45.4 overs with the help of Sachin’s 98 runs knock.
In 2011, Pakistan unluckily lost to India by 29 runs. It was the straight 5th win for India in World Cups. Sachin was quite lucky in the semi-final, he was gifted 4 lives in his 85 runs innings because of poor fielding and won the man of the match award. The match was played in Mohali.
In 2015, Pakistan lost to India again for the 6th time. It was the biggest defeat so far by any Indo-Pak contest. Pakistan lost by 76 runs where Virat Kohli played very good innings of 107 runs and won man of the match award. Pakistani seamer Sohail Khan took five wickets conceding 55 runs for it.
Given our history with India, Sunday’s match is going to be an intense one for both sides. Let’s hope we finally break the streak of World Cup losses to India!
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