Cricket is more than just a sport; it’s a passion that unites millions of fans across the world. In this article, we delve into one of the most intense and historic cricket rivalries – Pakistan vs. India. The clash between these two cricket giants transcends the boundaries of the game, sparking emotions and fervour like no other. Let’s explore the history, key moments, and cultural significance of the Pak vs Ind rivalry.
Pak Vs Ind Asia Cup
The commencement of the Asia Cup 2023, one of the biggest cricket competitions of the year, is just two days away. The event is significant historically for all the Asian countries and will serve as a superb warm-up for the ODI World Cup 2023, the year’s biggest match.
As a lead-up to the ODI World Cup, this year’s Asia Cup will be played in the ODI format, unlike last year. This year, six teams in all, including those from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Nepal, will compete. Only Nepal has replaced Hong Kong at this year’s Asia Cup; the other five teams remain the same as in 2022.
Ranking the strongest playing 11 for each of the six teams in the 2023 Asia Cup:
The top 11 players from each squad in each category—batting, bowling, and all-arounder—will be considered in the ranking. We will examine each player’s performance in ODI cricket over the previous five years to eliminate any biases and perceptions. To determine the final rankings, a cumulative team rating is created after each player is given a relative rating on a range of 1 to 10.
Team India, the strongest team in the league, is ranked first. The Indian team appears to be considerably better on paper now that Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Jasprit Bumrah have been included. If all three are healthy, Team India should finally use their strongest playing 11 after a very long period.
Overall, Team India should bat first with Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli at 3, Shreyas Iyer at 4, and KL Rahul at 5; this is as strong as it gets. Hardik and Jadeja are responsible for doing the all-rounder tasks. Burmah, Shami, and Siraj should lead the speed attack, while Kuldeep should provide the spin.
|Rohit Sharma (Captain)
|Hardik Pandya (VC)
For this year’s Asia Cup, attention will be on the number 2 and number 1 ranked teams. Pakistan is ranked second out of the two teams, and their playing 11 rating is the highest at 8.98. Pakistan is a tough team to defeat in the game thanks to their elite pace attack and strong batting lineup.
However, Pakistan does have some inexperience in the form of Usama Mir and Salman Agha, in addition to these consistently appearing 6-7 names in their starting 11. Although these two players have great potential, their lack of experience lowers Pakistan’s overall ranking for the 2023 Asia Cup.
|Babar Azam (c)
|Salman Ali Agha
|Mohammad Wasim Jnr
|Tayyab Tahir (travelling reserve)
Afghanistan is ranked third, with a playing 11 rating of 8.3. Afghanistan relies heavily on its spinners to create games because they have a steady core of players. With Noor Ahmed on the bench, they have three top-tier spinners in the lineup Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammed Nabi.
A lot would depend on their elite openers, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, as well as their star pacer, Fazalhaq Farooqi, in addition to their spinners, who are their trump card. Afghanistan will be the team to beat if they can find spin-friendly conditions and improve their shoddy batting performance.
|Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Surprisingly, Sri Lanka, which has the best playing 11 rating at 8.27, comes in at number four. They appear to be only slightly less strong than Afghanistan, which comes as no surprise considering that Afghanistan, a stronger squad, has already qualified for the ODI World Cup 2023.
Kusal Mendis, Sahan Arachchige, and Charith Asalanka should be in the middle order for Sri Lanka, with Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunartne opening. Dhananjaya De Silva, Dasun Shanaka, and Wanindu Hasaranga will be relied upon to perform the All-Rounder tasks. While Dilshan Madhushanka, Matheesha Pathirana, and Maheesh Theekshana will handle the majority of the bowling.
|Dasun Shanaka (C)
|Kusal Janith Perera
|Dhananjaya de Silva
Bangladesh is ranked fifth with the best playing 11 rating of 7.89. Due to the loss of Tamim Iqbal and Ebadot Hossain, two important players, Bangladesh’s rating dropped significantly. Overall, Litton Das and Mohammad Naim should start for Bangladesh. Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, and Mehidy Miraz will handle the all-rounder’s responsibilities.
Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Shoriful Islam will be in charge of the pace department. Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedy Miraz, and Afif Hossain will handle spin, in contrast. Overall, Bangladesh’s key players are Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Litton Das.
|Shakib Al Hasan (captain)
|Najmul Hossain Shanto
|Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Nepal is ranked sixth with the best playing 11 rating of 6.36. Aasif Sheikh, Rohit Paudel, and Bhim Shirki will bat in the middle order for Nepal, with Kushal Bhurtel and Arjun Saud opening the batting. Rohit, Kushal, and Karan will be responsible for performing all tasks. While Sandeep Lamichhane, Gulsan Jha, and Kishore Mahato will be responsible for bowling.
Overall, Sandeep Lamichhane is Nepal’s finest bowler, and Aasif Sheikh is their best hitter. In fact, over the past five years, Sandeep has consistently performed well for Nepal in ODIs. A lot will depend on Captain Rohit Paudel and Opener Kushal Bhurtel in addition to these two guys.
|Rohit Paudel (Captain)
|Arjun Saud (Wicket-keeper)
|Dipendra Singh Airee (vc)
Pak vs Ind ODI Asia Cup 2023 Details
|India vs Pakistan
|ODI Asia Cup 2023
|Saturday, 2 September 2023
|Rohit Sharma (India) and Babar Azam (Pakistan)
|Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Balagolla, Sri Lanka
1992 Pak vs Ind World Cup
In 1992’s World Cup, India and Pakistan played each other for the first time. India scored 216 runs while batting first despite losing seven wickets. The highest scorer for India was Sachin Tendulkar, who played a superb unbeaten 54. To dismiss Pakistan for 173, Kapil Dev, Manoj Prabhakar, and Javagal Srinath each took two wickets.
1996 Ind vs Pak World Cup
The following World Cup match between India and Pakistan happened in Bengaluru during the 1996 World Cup. This time, India’s Navjot Singh Sidhu outperformed Pakistan with a brilliant 93-run innings. Team India’s 287 was made possible by Sidhu’s outstanding batsmanship. Pakistan only made it to 248 during the run chase. India won by 39 runs thanks to three wickets each from Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad.
1999 Pak vs Ind World Cup
At Manchester’s Old Trafford in 1999, India and Pakistan played their third World Cup game. Venkatesh Prasad’s five-wicket haul against Pakistan enabled Team India to defeat them by 47 runs.
2003 World Cup Ind vs Pak
At the World Cup, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar produced another outstanding performance to help India defeat Pakistan. The Sachin Tendulkar vs. Shoaib Akhtar matchup makes this match the most well-known. India prevailed by six wickets thanks to Sachin’s outstanding 98-ball innings.
2007 T20 World Cup Pak vs Ind (LEAGUE MATCH)
At Kingsmead in Durban in 2007, India and Pakistan played each other for the first time in the T20 World Cup’s history. Pakistan managed to match India’s score of 141 in 20 overs in that match, forcing the introduction of an extra over. After winning the super over, Team India eventually came out on top.
2007 T20 World Cup Ind vs Pak (FINAL)
In the 2007 T20 World Cup final between the two nations, Pakistan was unable to avenge their loss in the group stage. India scored 157 runs following Gautam Gambir’s outstanding 75. After Misbah-ul-Haq’s 43 off of 38 balls, Pakistan came close in this game’s cliffhanger. India eventually prevailed by five runs in a dramatic last over. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s stellar tenure as an Indian captain who has won trophies also started with a victory.
2011 India vs Pakistan World Cup
Hosts at the 2011 World Cup semifinal game at Mohali, India played against Pakistan. Team India defeated Pakistan by a score of 29 runs in 2011, continuing their unblemished World Cup streak. After that, MS Dhoni led India to the World Cup victory.
2012 T20 World Cup Ind vs Pak
In the 2012 T20 World Cup, India and Pakistan faced off against one another for the second time. India achieved a decisive eight-wicket victory while chasing a pitiful score of 128. Virat Kohli excelled at the plate, scoring an undefeated 78.
2014 Pak vs Ind T20 World Cup
In 2014, India defeated Pakistan during their second T20 World Cup match. The MS Dhoni-led team easily scored the winning runs with nine balls remaining while chasing a total of 131.
2015 Ind Vs Pak World Cup
In this 2015 India-Pakistan World Cup match, Virat Kohli scored a stunning century to add 300 runs to the score. India defeated Pakistan by 76 runs after Pakistan declared at 224 in 47 overs.
2016 India Vs Pakistan T20 World Cup
The 2016 T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan was marred by uncertainty because of Kolkata’s constant rain. The game eventually began when the innings length was changed to 18 overs. In its opening innings, Pakistan scored 118 runs. Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 55 helped India win by six wickets for the third time in a row.
2019 World Cup Pak vs Ind
At Old Trafford, India and Pakistan squared off in the 2019 World Cup. India scored a whopping 336 runs in their opening innings, owing in large part to Rohit Sharma’s magnificent century. In the rain-affected game, Pakistan could only score 212 while chasing a revised total of 302 in 40 overs. With 62 runs, Fakhar Zaman led all scorers for Pakistan.
2021 T20 World Cup Ind vs Pak
In 2021, Pakistan decisively defeated India to atone for their World Cup losses to them. In this World Cup match played in Dubai, Virat Kohli produced a superb half-century to lead his team to a total of 151 runs. However, Pakistan won the match by 10 wickets, negating Kohli’s outstanding batting performance. The Indian bowling attack was destroyed by Babar Azam (68) and Mohammad Rizwan (79), resulting in a humiliating loss for their neighbours.
2022 Pak vs Ind T20 World Cup
India vs. Pakistan’s T20 World Cup encounter in 2022 is likely to be remembered as one of the sport’s most thrilling contests. In Melbourne, Pakistan scored 159 runs in 20 overs while batting first. Pakistan’s top scorer, Shan Masood, had an unblemished 52-ball innings. Virat Kohli responded with an outstanding 82-run undefeated innings to give India the victory on the last pitch. India won the match with 15 runs required off the final over, a thrilling four-wicket victory.