Be it kabaddi, hockey, volleyball, football or cricket, we don’t like losing to ‘them’. Yes, you guessed it right. ‘Them’ here stands for India’s biggest rivals – Pakistan. Sometimes Cricket is more than a game, apart from being the most popular sport in both countries. Political skirmish has led to fewer games between the two teams now. However, this is what elevates the value of their meeting in the international tournaments. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is wise and has lost upon this ‘Golden egg’ opportunity in the last few events. No matter how you see it, the India vs Pakistan in the ICC World Cup is a treat for cricket fans.
It would not be an ‘exaggeration’ or a ‘hyperbole’ to state that the India vs Pakistan in the World Cup is the most passionate encounters in all of sports. Without any doubt, it is cricket’s ultimate showpiece. The arch-rivals will battle once again on June 16. But before the action begins, let us analyse the previous matches of India vs Pakistan in the World Cup.
4India vs Pakistan in World Cup- 1992
Pakistan winning the World Cup was hard to imagine during the first half of the tournament. Remember Javed Miandad aping Kiran More and jumping up and down like a monkey? The famous incident took place in this World Cup. It took 17 years of the World Cup cricket (From 1975 to 1992), before the first match was played between India and Pakistan in 1992 in Sydney. It was special a special competition for God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar as he was just 19 then. The master blaster impressed everyone and won Man of the Match award for his unbeaten of 54 from 62 deliveries. India posted a total of 216 before nowling Pakistan out for 173.
3India vs Pakistan in World Cup- 1996
Cricketing fans of India went berserk because the World Cup was played on our soil. India met Pakistan in Quarter Finals at Bangalore (now Bengaluru). India played pretty well and powered by a fierce Ajay Jadeja attack on Waqar Younis, scored a healthy score of 287. Navjot Singh was awarded Man of the Match for his strong knock of 93. Pakistan reply started well with Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar but failed to keep the momentum going against men in blue. A moment to remember: Aamir Sohail pointed his bat towards Venkatesh Prasad and hit Prasad for four runs. Fired up and confident Prasad rattled the stumps in the very next ball and India dominated from then on to register a 39-run victory.
Cricket fans were desperately waiting to watch India vs Pakistan in World Cup and yet again in 1999 India and counterpart nation were in the same group. The match in Super Sixes was played at Old Trafford, England. This match had an emotional connection too as the battle was played in the backdrop of Kargil War. This was an anxious affair indeed. Batting first, India posted a chaseable total of 227/6. Thanks to Rahul Dravid for his 61 runs off 89 balls. Venkatesh Prasad once again proved his worth and delivered his finest performance. In a Man of the Match performance, he bagged fifer (5/27) from 9.3 overs to bowl out the Pakistanis for just 180 runs.
An epic clash of all! India had jewels like Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Virender Sehwag and Pakistan squad had names such as Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, Shahid Afridi and more. If you have such biggies in one match, action is guaranteed. This was the 36th match of ICC World Cup in South Africa.
This encounter was the only occasion when Pakistan batted first setting India a target of 274. Thanks to a fine ton by Saeed Anwar. However, Sachin Tendulkar was at his destructive best when he walked out to bat as he smashed Pakistani bowlers along with Rawalpindi Express; Shoaib Akhtar. The little master smashed 98 off just 75 balls. Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid then stitched an unbeaten 99-run partnership to take India home with six wickets remaining. Do we need to tell you a moment to remember? Tendulkar’s upper cut to Shoaib Akhtar for a six early in the inning, followed by couple of fours in the same over!
India’s dream of a World Cup triumph at home was made one step closer after men in blue suffocated Pakistan’s batsmen to set up a 29-run victory in the semi-final in Mohali. As many as five batsmen finished with single digit scores and India struggled against the Pakistani bowling attack. Cometh the hour, cometh the man, none other than Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar! With his spectacular form, Sachin played a brilliant knock of 85 and took India to the total of 260. Chasing the total of 261, Pak made a steady but good start but Indian bowlers bowled extremely well picking two wickets apiece and India won the match without much sweat. India won this World Cup after 28 years.
1India vs Pakistan in World Cup- 2015
Though India failed to conquer the trophy, Indian fans already won the trophy. Ask how? Because India thrashed Pakistan yet again in their sixth World Cup defeat. Virat Kohli took over the baton from his idol Sachin Tendulkar and scored a masterful century as India posted a massive total of 300. It proved a tad too much for Pakistan to chase. India pulled off a disciplined display with the ball as well and bowled out Pakistani side for mere 224. Virat Kohli was the Man of the Match.