India will play Pakistan in a crucial encounter in 2019 World Cup on Sunday. While India will look to maintain its winning run over Pakistan in the history of 50-overs World Cup, Pakistan have to get their campaign back on track with a win over their arch-rivals.
For the records, India have never lost to Pakistan in World Cup, across all formats. In the 50-overs World Cup, India have played Pakistan in 6 matches so far, winning all of them. Hence, history is against Pakistan on Sunday.
So, what makes India to dominate Pakistan in the World Cup? Cricwizz takes a look at five reasons for India’s domination over Men In Green.
India raise their game against their arch-rivals
India and Pakistan playing at the CT 2017.
Over the last 7 World Cups whenever the two nations have clashed, India have played a far better game than Pakistan. India seem to reserve their best for Pakistan in a World Cup. In the 1992 World Cup match, India had a poor tournament but played brilliantly against Pakistan to register their maiden World Cup win over their arch-rivals. Even in 1999 World Cup, India just managed to scrape through to Super Six, while Pakistan were tournament favourites and the in-form team. But still, India raised their game to beat their arch-rivals once again.
India have defended out of their skin against Pakistan
In the 6 matches between them, India have defended five times. And they have done it comprehensively. Even when India have scored a below-par total, the Men in Blue have bowled and fielded like tigers to deny Pakistan all the time. In the 1996 World Cup, when Pakistan made a great start to the chase, India never lost hope and came back with a bang through Venkatesh Prasad who bowled Aamer Sohail just right after the Indian bowler was sledged. Even in other matches, India have always made sure Pakistan have done the catching up throughout the chase.
Pakistan have buckled down under the weight of the high-voltage game
India have always insisted that they take the match against Pakistan in the World Cup as just another game and hence, they are able to play without much pressure. But Pakistan have not been able to do so. They put undue pressure on themselves and make blunders with the basics. India cash in on this blunders and continue to rout Pakistan across all World Cups. A case in point is the 2011 World Cup semis where Pakistan dropped a few catches of Sachin Tendulkar who went on to score a match-winning 85.
India have relied on team efforts
India have tasted success all the time against Pakistan in the World Cup due to team efforts. Their batting, bowling and fielding have complemented each other in all the World Cup match against Pakistan so far. The 1999 World Cup match is the best example of a team effort. Although Venkatesh Prasad ran away with the accolades with a five-wicket haul, the fact is that everyone contributed their bit to help India secure a hard-fought win despite being under-par throughout the tournament.
India have kept it simple and stuck to basics
In a high voltage clash, teams tend to try too many things and struggle to stay alive in the match. But India seem to have cracked the formula in achieving success against Pakistan in World Cup across all formats. They have stuck to basics, never letting the opposition get on top of them, across all World Cup games against Pakistan. In all these matches, India have been the superior team compared to Pakistan in all departments as India have done their basics right.
Hence, if Pakistan want to give India a tough fight on Sun, they must adhere to the basics and hope for the best.