If you’re talking about the biggest rivalry in cricket, there’s only one place to start. The India v Pakistan rivalry goes back decades, often mixes with politics and diplomatic relations, and means more to the passionate fans of those two countries than any other game in the sport.
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Yes, England v Australia probably comes second and the Ashes are always a good contest but quite frankly, it’s almost child’s play compared to the IND v PAK cricket one.
It’s almost the case that they’re more concerned with beating the other in matches between them at World Cups than they are actually winning the World Cup as a whole.
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The general view among cricket fans is that India v Pakistan cricket matches have been a bit of a one-horse race, and one which India have dominated. That perception probably comes from the much-publicised fact that Pakistan have never beaten in a World Cup match, whether in the ODI format, or the T20 one.
So India have bragging rights there and they’ve also bossed Pakistan when it comes to T20s. Out of the eight they’ve played in that format, six were India wins and the one tie (see the table above) was a match at the 2007 World Cup that they won in a bowl-out (before the concept of the Super Over had been created) anyway.
It’s a real shame that these two haven’t played a Test match since 2007 and that’s a format where it’s Pakistan who are ahead. They shared a remarkable 38 draws out of 59 but it’s Pakistan who are 12-9 ahead.
Pakistan also have their noses in front in ODIs. ‘No results’ aside, it’s 73 plays 55.
So PAK vs IND Head to Head shows Pakistan have won more games in total, but India have won the ones that arguably matter the most, at World Cups. Pretty much ‘honours even’.
In terms of the most exciting, most famous and best-remembered Pakistan vs India Cricket Games, here are three of the best.
MS Dhoni won the toss and batted first, as expected. Virender Sehwag went all guns blazing and scored 38 off 25 but it was Sachin Tendulkar’s 85 that was the real game-changer.
Reprieved by DRS, dropped by the Pakistani fielders, he never looked fully settled at the crease but it was his steady knock that set a fine platform. No-one else bars Suresh Raina (36 off 39) really got going and 260 was a good score, but not a great one.
In reply, Pakistan started well but no-one kicked on. There were some useful knocks from Mohammad Hafeez (43) and Misbah Ul-Haq got to 56 in the end but no partnership went on for long enough and there were contributions from all of India’s five bowlers. Interestingly, all five took exactly two wickets each.
It’s not an exaggeration to say Pakistan felt the pressure of a run chase in the most stressful of circumstances, a World Cup semi. In the end, they lost by 29 runs. India went on to play Sri Lanka in the final and won.
That India even got to 157/5 was mostly due to an aggressive 75 off 54 from Gautam Gambhir. Rohit Sharma, who was a middle-order batsman back then, made a valuable 30 off 16. In fact, so valuable that in the context of the game it was almost as big a contribution as Gambhir’s innings.
It was a similar story for Pakistan. There were a few starts but not enough partnerships. It certainly didn’t help that star man Shahid Afridi went for a first-ball duck. Just like in the 2011 semi four years later, it was left to Misbah Ul-Haq to repair the damage.
Pakistan were dead and buried before Misbah started playing some big shots and was on 43, with four balls remaining, to get just five. The problem was that they had just one wicket in hand. Misbah played an ill-judged scoop, was caught by Sreesanth at fine leg and that was that. India had won the first-ever T20 World Cup.
A very different outcome. This time Pakistan batted first and scored a mammoth 338/4 thanks to a century from Fakhar Zaman and fifties from Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez.
India’s top order folded like a pack of cards and they were all out for 158. Pakistan, rank outsiders at the start of the tournament, were champions.
India made their debut in international cricket in a Test match in 1932 at Lord’s in London, losing to England. Remarkably for a side who these days is so hard to beat, they had to wait till their 24th match, against England in Madras in 1952, before they recorded their first Test win.
In 542 Tests played, they’ve won 157, lost 167 and drawn 217. A king amongst their batsmen is the great Sachin Tendulkar with 34,357 runs followed by Rahul Dravid and current skipper Virat Kohli. With the ball, leg spinner Anil Kumble claimed 619 wickets with Kapil Dev (434) and Harbhajan Singh (417) next best.
Their ODI debut, also against England, was in 1974. Their record in this format is much stronger, winning 513, losing 424, with 9 ties and 41 no results. Highlights in this format include winning the 1983 and 2011 World Cups and also adding the 2002 Champions Trophy (as joint-winners) and 2013 Champions Trophy to their silverware collection.
It’s that man Tendulkar leading the way on runs scored again in ODIs on 18,426, with Kohli and Sourav Ganguly next best. And it’s the same man leading the wickets column, too. Kumble has 334, J Srinath 315 and AB Agarkar 288.
In the T20 format, their debut came against South Africa in 2006. Their record in the shortest format is truly excellent with 83 wins and 44 losses from their completed matches.
As we said above when looking at the greatest games, they won the inaugural 2007 T20 World Cup, held in South Africa. They certainly rode their luck, needing a miraculous tie against Pakistan in the Group Stages to even make the semis and were pretty fortunate to get over the line in that final, again against Pakistan. They also made the final in 2014, posting just 130 batting first, which Sri Lanka chased with ease.
Kohli is their leading run-scorer (2794) with Rohit Sharma in hot pursuit on 2773.
Virat Kohli is currently the India Team skipper in all three formats with former all-rounder Ravi Shastri the coach.
Pakistan made their international debut in the same year that India won their first Test Match, 1952, against...India. In Delhi, they went down by 70 runs after India batted just once and enforced the follow-on. Unlike India, they have a superior win/loss rate since then, victorious in 138 Tests, losers in 130, with 160 draws thrown in.
Over the years they’ve produced some of the best Test batsmen the game has ever seen. The quartet of Younis Khan, Javed Miandad, Inzamam Ul-Haq and Mohammad Youssuf- all middle-order batsmen - were all masters of playing the long game and wonderful stroke makers; they’re Pakistan’s four highest run-scorers in the format. Of those four, Inzamam and Youssuf are also their top two highest run-scorers in ODIs, as well, with Saeed Anwar and Shahid Afridi completing the Top 4.
When it comes to T20s, it’s Shoaib Malik who leads the list of top run-scorers, followed by Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal and current T20 skipper and star batter Babar Azam.
But if middle-order run machines have always been a big part of Pakistani cricket, then so have wonderful fast bowlers. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and all-rounder Imran Khan- now Prime Minister of Pakistan no less - are some of the finest fast or swing bowlers cricket has seen, and remain some of the most feared bowlers ever.
Pakistan are the epitome of an unpredictable side. In 1992 they won the (ODI) World Cup against all odds under the captaincy of Imran Khan, which included his famous ‘Cornered Tigers’ speech to his players, when they were up against it, serving as an inspiration to go on and beat England in the final.
They also won the 2009 T20 World Cup in England thanks to two man of the match performances in a row from Shahid Afridi, also winning two Asia Cups and that Champions Trophy back in 2017.
The Coronavirus has thrown the cricket calendar into disarray but throughout August Pakistan will tour England, playing three Tests, followed by three T20 matches.
There are no India v Pakistan 2020 matches scheduled at the time of writing, with India’s next series not till 2021, when they tour Australia at the beginning of the year.
We may, however, see India’s big stars such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravi Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya in action before then if the IPL is now played in October or November after the T20 World Cup, meant to be held in Australia, was postponed because of the Coronavirus.
A reminder that Pakistani players aren’t allowed to feature in the IPL because of security fears.
These two teams don’t play each other very often; we sometimes have to wait for World Cups in the ODI or T20 format for them to go up against each other, but it’s certainly worth the wait.
Not only have they produced absolute classics over the years but the passion among the fans and the desire to beat their neighbours felt by both players and supporters is almost unparalleled in the game of cricket.
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As we said, India doesn't play Pakistan that often in bilateral series but it does occasionally happen from time to time. So if it was a 5-match ODI Series, for example, you’d be betting on who would win the series at the end of the five matches.
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