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•March 4, 1992, Sydney: India beat Pakistan by 43 runs.
•March 9, 1996, Bangalore: India beat Pakistan by 39 runs.
•June 8, 1999, Manchester: India beat Pakistan by 47 runs.
•March 1, 2003, Centurion: India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets.
•March 30, 2011, Chandigarh: India beat Pakistan by 29 runs.
It’s anybody’s guess what pops up into Pakistani minds going into a World Cup clash against India. For 23 long years now, Pakistan are still searching for their first win over the arch rivals at an ICC World Cup. From 1992 to 2011, nothing – not even Imran Khan’s 1992 triumph – has relieved the pain of those five defeats.
And there is no bias here, if you think so, since the author is an Indian. Had it been the other way round, India would have gone through the same agony despite clinching the Cup twice in 1983 and 2011. That’s how much an Indo-Pak clash means to people on either side of the border.
The question, thus, is: will Pakistan be sixth time lucky? It’s difficult to answer that when even the most iconic of Pakistan cricketers doesn’t have a clue.
Writing in his column for the ICC in run-up to the February 14 to March 29 spectacle in Australia and New Zealand, former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is simply unaware of “what goes wrong with.” Pakistan against India at the showpiece event, admitting that the 1999 defeat still haunts him.
“It’s hard to give logic as to why we haven’t defeated India in any World Cup match. True we were inexperienced in 1992, we didn’t feel the pressures even when we lost against them in 1996, but the defeat at Manchester in 1999 still pinches me as I do believe ours was a better team than India,” Inzamam wrote.
The 2015 World Cup will be the last for Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan as the duo have announced their decision to quit the scene after that, and skipper Misbah will hope to go out on a high doing what Inzamam couldn’t. “We know how important this match is and we are going with a clear mind that we want to change history and beat India in a World Cup”, Misbah said before the team’s departure for the tournament.
We are focused for the match and the players are going to play with a lot of passion and commitment to try to win,” he added. But Haq, hurt by the 47-run defeat at Manchester in 1999, has no answers to why Pakistan haven’t ended on the right side for five games in a row.
Pakistanis are still clueless as to what goes wrong with them against Team India in a World Cup, but sometimes it’s hard to give any explanation. Ok boys, you have chance this WC as Sachin, the ruthless assassin is no more on ground. Pak hopes next month Pakistan finishes on the right side of the result, the religiously inclined former captain thinks.
Another former captain Javed Miandad believes that playing early in the tournament (Feb 15), there will be less pressure on both the teams, and that the two teams should focus on winning the Cup and not just one match.
Pakistan should forget the horror stats of having never beaten India in a World Cup match; Miandad wrote in his column for the ICC.
In fact, what Pakistan should remember is that we lost against India in 1992 too, but it was us who lifted the World Cup trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Pakistan should not get sidetracked in case the result doesn’t go in their favour on February 15. The focus should be to win the World Cup.
In all above speculation, Pak team forgets the fighting instincts Team India shown while playing Pakistan in ICC WC, and this time we are quite sure that the record will remain intact, India will beat them again.
JAI HO !!
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