The Epic Cricket Rivalry: India vs. Pakistan at the World Cup

Epic Cricket Rivalry: India vs Pakistan - World Cup Clash
Epic Cricket Rivalry: India vs Pakistan - World Cup Clash

The clash between India and Pakistan in cricket is not just a sporting event; it’s a spectacle that transcends boundaries and stirs emotions on an unparalleled scale. This epic rivalry has been a staple in international cricket, especially at the ICC World Cup. As the two nations gear up to face each other once again in the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup, scheduled for October 15 in Ahmedabad, India, let’s take a journey through history and relive the intense encounters that have defined this cricketing feud.

Head to Head 

India and Pakistan have met each other in ICC Events for 14 times. India have beaten them 12 times and just lost one match against the arch rivals. One match resulted in No Result. 

In the ODI events, India are unbeaten against Pakistan. They have convincingly beaten Pakistan in all the 7 events they faced each other. The hosts will look to keep the record in tact and will look to extend the lead. 

TournamentMatchesIndia wonPakistan wonDraw/Tie/NR
50-over World Cup7700
T20 World Cup7511

The Historic Encounters:

1. 1992 World Cup:

   – India and Pakistan first locked horns in the World Cup in 1992.

   – India batted first and managed to score 216 runs, with Sachin Tendulkar shining with an unbeaten 54.

   – Pakistan was bowled out for 173, with Kapil Dev, Manoj Prabhakar, and Javagal Srinath taking crucial wickets.

2. 1996 World Cup:

   – The rivalry continued in the 1996 World Cup held in Bengaluru.

   – Navjot Singh Sidhu’s brilliant 93 helped India reach 287.

   – Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad starred with the ball, securing a 39-run victory for India.

3. 1999 World Cup:

   – India and Pakistan clashed at Old Trafford, Manchester, in 1999.

   – Venkatesh Prasad’s five-wicket haul played a pivotal role in India’s 47-run win.

4. 2003 World Cup:

   – This World Cup match is remembered for the epic Sachin Tendulkar vs. Shoaib Akhtar battle.

   – Sachin’s heroic 98 led India to a six-wicket victory.

5. 2011 World Cup:

   – India hosted Pakistan in the semi-finals in Mohali.

   – India maintained their unbeaten World Cup streak against Pakistan with a 29-run win.

   – India went on to win the World Cup under MS Dhoni’s captaincy.

6. 2015 World Cup:

    – Virat Kohli’s century powered India to a 76-run victory against Pakistan.

7. 2019 World Cup:

    – India posted a huge total of 336, with Rohit Sharma’s century.

    – Pakistan fell short in a rain-affected match, scoring 212.

The India-Pakistan cricket rivalry has produced some of the most memorable moments in the history of the sport. It goes beyond cricketing skills; it’s a battle of national pride and passion. As fans eagerly await the next chapter in this storied rivalry at the ICC ODI World Cup, it’s certain that the world will once again be captivated by the clash of these cricketing giants on October 15, 2023, in Ahmedabad.

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