You can ask any Indian fan who they love watching their team play against, and the answer will inevitably be Pakistan. The same goes for a Pakistani fan.
Since these two teams do not play any bilateral series against each other any more and only meet at ICC Tournaments and Asia Cup, it serves as a great spectacle to every cricket lover.
The word rivalry has an inherent meaning of a contest, of the last ball thrill and the bittersweet fruit of unpredictability. Rivalries are kept alive by sledging, by the banter from media, history and the quality of the contest in the middle. Keep the political tensions aside between India and Pakistan for a while and concentrate purely on the Cricket.
Everything comes to a standstill on the day of an India vs Pakistan match. Any ICC event seems incomplete without an Indo-Pak game which is always guaranteed a full house.
It is difficult to describe in words the intensity of this battle. Tickets are sold out ages before the match. Even though cricket’s most renowned battle is the Ashes, over the years the Indo-Pak rivalry has turned out to be the mother of all battles.
You can ask any player from either team who has ever been a part of this match-up, and they tell you about the sleepless nights they endured on the eve of the match. Such is the pressure to win.
The stage is set for probably the grandest derby in sports as India take on Pakistan at the Old Trafford on Sunday morning. It can’t get any bigger than this in international cricket, with two familiar foes battling it out in the ICC World Cup after four years.
India and Pakistan will meet for the seventh time in a 50-over World Cup on Sunday, the 16th June 2019. In all the six previous occasions, it has been India all the way. Team India’s victories came across continents and across generations. India meeting Pakistan has been a marquee event in every World Cup.
The World Cup 2019 has turned out to be a wet blanket so far with very little action in the middle testing out the patience of all ardent cricket fans. One means of venting out the frustration arising out of washouts and staying positive is to concentrate on writing and reading by flipping through the pages of the history of the World Cup.
Cricket fans all across the remain shall remain glued to their television sets whenever India take on their arch-rivals Pakistan. However, the gloomy weather in England may disrupt the epic clash on Sunday.
For India, it will all circle around one man who has wreaked havoc several times against Pakistan in the past – Virat Kohli. If he delivers again, a victory will be more or less assured.
However, it will be important for the openers to lay a solid foundation to enable a Virat Kohli masterclass.. And that won’t be an easy task for Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul against the pace attack of Pakistan, especially early on when the ball swings.
For Pakistan, the responsibility will be on the seniors to step up and ensure that there’s no panic. Mohammad Amir and his new ball opening partner will be vital; they will have to make early inroads. With the bat, the onus will be on Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik to hold up Pakistan’s batting.
As they both take on each other on 16th June, 2019 – India would be oozing confidence as they have an unbeaten record of 6 World Cup wins in as many games against Pakistan. On the contrary, Pakistan would be fretting over the same, desperate to break the dreaded jinx.