India and Pakistan, two nations with contrasting economies, different polity, separated by border and conjoined with a single history have always meant that the clashes between them transcend beyond the normal and move into a realm hitherto unknown to any other rivalry in the sporting arena. When they clash on Mar 29, for a berth in the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, it will be fifth clash between the two countries of a volatile neighbourhood and mark the words each has been better than the preceding one. Let's have a look at how they have progressed so far.
1992: Benson and Hedges World Cup
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia
Date: 4th Mar 1992
Result: India won by 43 runs
Man of the Match: Sachin Tendulkar
It was the first time that the South Asian neighbours met at cricket's showpiece event and although Pakistan were the eventual World Champions, they showed none of the traits in this particular game. Sachin, who was all of 18, showed amazing composure to score a brilliant 54 of 62 balls with three hits to the hence. He was not done with that and came back to trap the crucial wicket of Aamer Sohail who played brilliantly for his 62 of 103 balls.
1996: Wills World Cup
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Date: 9th March, 1996
Result: India won by 39 runs
Man of the Match: NS Sidhu
The match was a quarter-final encounter and both sides played it in a way befitting the stature of the tournament and the rivalry of the two nations. It was Sachin again who threatened to run away with the show until Ata ur-Rehman dislodged his furniture and gave his team a hope to enter the semis. But that was not to be as the frothy sardar Navjot Singh Sidhu gave the much vaunted Pakistani bowling attack a run for their money and smashed them to all corners of the ground. And then it was the Jadeja show who dispelled all notions about Waqar younis and plundered him for 40 odd runs in two overs.
Pakistani openers appeared to be making a mockery of the Indian target until Aamer Sohail lost his sanity and got out trying one shot too many. And thus started the South Indian show as Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Anil Kumble (all from Karnataka) and Venkatapathy Raju (Andhra Pradesh), suck life out of the Pakistani batsmen and strangled them for 248, 39 short of the Indian target.
The match had two images to sum up what blowed the Pakistanis off. First was Ajay Jadeja's utter disregard for Waqar Younis' yorkers and the other, the most iconic one was Venkatesh Prasad's send-off to Aamer Sohail after going through his stumps and his ego too.
Ind vs Pak: Blast from the past - Part 2