We have seen some great performances during India vs Pakistan encounters over the years. Let’s relive those performances as we get ready for the Super Sunday encounter.
1992 Benson and Hedges World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar (54, 1/37)
India lost their way in the middle overs after Ajay Jadeja and Captain Mohd Azharuddin had given them a steady start against a formidable pace battery of Pakistan led by Wasim Akram and Imran Khan.
Sachin Tendulkar, then in his first world cup, made a crucial half century as he joined hands with veteran Kapil Dev for a partnership of 60 odd runs. Sachin first made a steady contribution with Vinod Kambli while with Kapil Dev, he attacked the bowlers to all parts of the ground as did the former captain.
Sachin’s role was not yet over as with the ball, he took the crucial wicket of Aamir Sohail which eventually turned the tide in the favour of India. All together India were successful in defending a low total of 216 thanks to their inspired bowling performance and fielding. But hadn’t Sachin scored those 54 runs, the story would have been different.
1996 Wills World Cup
Venkatesh Prasad (3/45)
4 years after the Sydney victory over arch rivals, India were playing against the same opposition at Bangalore in the quarterfinal of the world cup. Navjot Singh Sidhu’s blistering 95 and Ajay Jadeja’s blitzkrieg at the end lifted India to a formidable total of 287. In reply, Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar gave Pakistan a brilliant start and with one wicket down they were going at above 7 an over.
Sohail then had a brief altercation with Prasad as he gestured him to fetch the ball from the boundary after having hit one of his deliveries for a four. The very next ball, Sohail made an attempt to whack the ball but this time he missed and Venkatesh Prasad had every reason to celebrate. This incident is and will forever be a part of cricketing folklore.
The fired up Prasad went on to take another couple of wickets to bring Pakistan on the back foot. At the end, Pakistan were beaten comprehensively thanks to some fiery spell from the tall lanky fast bowler in front of his home crowd.
1999 ICC Cricket World Cup
Venkatesh Prasad (5/27)
The 3rd meeting between the arch rivals was played during the days of the Kargil War. Supporters made an electrifying atmosphere at Manchester where the Super Six clash was to be held.
India scored a decent 227 riding on some quick fire knocks from captain Azharuddin and Robin Singh. India needed some early wickets if they were to stand a chance. Thankfully, they got the reward with the help of Javagal Srinath while Venkatesh Prasad ripped the middle order of Pakistan.
Prasad extracted movement from the surface very well as he made the batsmen’s stay very difficult. He planned the attack very well against Moin Khan for which he got the reward in the form of his wicket. He also took crucial wickets of Inzamam and Salim Malik to orchestrate yet another victory over their neighbours.
2003 ICC Cricket World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar (98)
In their 4th encounter, Pakistan racked up a competitive total of 273 and with a world class pace trio of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar, the chase was always going to be tough, only if the chasing team didn’t have a batsman in the form of Sachin Tendulkar.
Right from the word go, Sachin went on top of the bowlers hitting 4’s regularly, including a memorable six off Akhtar over third man which has been one of the iconic shots ever played by him in his career. He was just a couple short from a century but that innings was of high class and easily rated as one of the best from the master.
2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar (85)
Another gem of an innings came from the holy bat of Sachin Tendulkar. The milestone of 100th hundred was gradually taking its toll and everybody was thinking how appropriate would it be if he gets it against India’s old rivals as India met Pakistan in the 2nd semi final at Mohali.
Virender Sehwag, as he had done all through the world cup gave India a flying start but the onus was on Tendulkar to anchor the innings. It seemed as that day was Tendulkar’s as he was dropped as many as five times and also was saved from a hawk eye decision.
His innings of 85 was not of his calibre as he was mistiming the ball all through the innings but nonetheless, he managed to put India into a good position thanks to the Pakistan fielders.
Come the 15th February and let’s hope we witness another Indian victory and see another Indian hero join this list of legends.