India has an invincible record over Pakistan in all formats of World Cup. They have played 10 matches against Pakistan in 50 overs and T20 World Cup combined, winning nine and one tied.
In World T20, India have won three and tied one. India-Pakistan World Cup clashes have given some wonderful moments that are etched in fans’ memories forever. Cricwizz takes a look at some of the immortal India-Pakistan moments in both 50-overs and T20 World Cup:
Jumping act: India was up against arch-rivals Pakistan during the Benson and Hedges World Cup in 1992. Tempers were already running high. Indian keeper Kiran More was vociferously appealing against Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad. The Pakistan batsman was unable to take any more of More’s continuous chanting and excessive appealing and jumped three times to mimic the Indian keeper’s style of appealing. The scene when Miandad jumped and More walked off has been etched in the fans’ memories forever.
Bowl-out in 2007 World T20: In the inaugural 2007 World T20, India registered a thrilling win via a bowl-out over Pakistan in the tied league match. Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq was run-out on the last ball as India had forced a tie. India won the bowl-out by hitting the stumps of three straight balls, while Pakistan failed to hit the stumps even one single time. India chose part-time and slow bowlers such as Robin Uthappa and Virender Sehwag and a regular bowler in Harbhajan Singh for the bowl-out. The scene where Robin Uthappa doffs his hat in appreciation of the spectators’ applause after hitting the stumps would be etched in fans’ memories forever.
2007 World T20 final: The scene when Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-haq spooned a catch to fine leg S Sreesanth where pouched it , sparked wild celebrations across the Johannesburg ground in 2007 World T20 final will keep on playing on and on. India found an unlikely hero in Joginder Sharma who bowled India to a last over win even as the then long-haired skipper MS Dhoni pumped his fist in celebration will mark India’s finest moment in their cricket history.
Aamer Sohail’s taunt of Venkatesh Prasad in 1996 World Cup quarters: Remember the epic Pakistan’s Aamer Sohail’s gestures with the bat to the boundary after he smashed a delivery from Indian Venkatesh Prasad for four in the 1996 World Cup quarters. Prasad then replied the next ball itself, bowling Sohail through the gates. Pakistan was cruising till that point at 84/0 only to lose the match by 39 runs.
Ajay Jadeja’s 22-run over in 1996 World Cup quarters: India were looking to score a total of around 250 in the 1996 World Cup quarters against Pakistan. But finisher Ajay Jadeja had different plans. He smashed 22 runs off Waqar Younis in India’s 48th over to move the momentum in India’s favour. India scored a match-winning total of 287/8 as Jadeja played a brilliant cameo of 45 off 25 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Waqar’s last two overs cost 40 runs, which proved to be decisive in the end. India won the match by 39 runs.