The cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan is undoubtedly one of the most spoken things among the cricket folklores. The intensity of a India-Pakistan game, irrespective of formats scales newer heights and attracts enormous eyeballs across the globe. Fans love to watch these two cricket fanatic countries lock horns on the field. On a whole, Pakistan have better numbers to their name against India in One-Day Internationals. Out of 128 ODI games between them so far, India have won 52 while Pakistan have 72 victories to their name.
However, India have had an upper-hand in the ICC events against Pakistan on a whole, especially in the 50-over and Twenty20 (T20) World Cups. India have met Pakistan on six occasions in the ICC World Cup till date (1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015) and emerged victorious in every outing. In World Twenty20s (T20s), India have defeated Pakistan in all the five games so far. Pakistan have a comparatively better record in the history of ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan have won and lost two games out of four encounters against India. These numbers speak about the domination India have had on Pakistan in ICC tournaments over the years.
India beat Pakistan comprehensively by 124 runs (D/L) method in their latest encounter on Sunday and scripted numerous records with this win. Pakistan have a better number in head-to-head One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against India but have looked bereft of oomph when the occasion turns into an ICC event.
By analysing all the events till date, let's take a look at the possible reasons why India keep getting the better of Pakistan in ICC events across formats.
Pressure plays a key role at this level, very few manage to absorb it and come out in flying colours. Any encounter between India and Pakistan is not just a game of cricket, it has a lot of emotions and pressure attached to it. Both the teams have a lot of pressure mounting on them and India seemed to have been absorbing it well and perform at crucial junctures.
India have beaten Pakistan in 13 out of 15 ICC games, which looks a formidable number at the moment. Prior to the start of their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 encounter, they had a huge number to deal with, which in a way created a mental barrier and added to the pressure.
Prior to the start of their 2017 ICC Champions Trophy encounter, Virat Kohli mentioned this game being just another ODI contest. This means, the Indian team were not taking any additional stress and considered this high-voltage encounter just like any other game. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Khan, on the other hand, spoke about out of the box planning before the game. Pakistan seem to have failed in executing their plan, which affected their run.
Pakistan hail of a formidable bowling attack and are widely reckoned for generating fascinating pace attack. However, India have also evolved in terms of bowling and the current Indian attack inspire immense confidence. If one draws a comparison, one can easily conclude that India's pace attack for the previous game a better than Pakistan.
In most of the ICC encounters between India and Pakistan in the recent times, Virat Kohli has consistently managed to score runs and steer India to commanding positions. Pakistan's inability to contain the best batsman of the opponent has been a huge setback. Kohli scored at a slow rate in the start but accelerated in no time. In 2003 and 2011 World Cups, Sachin Tendulkar score
Both the teams have plenty of talent in their basket but Pakistan have certainly not risen to the occasions in ICC events. The 2015 World Cup as well as their latest encounter saw key players like Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli stepping up. Something, which Pakistan players have not done on a regular basis. Players like Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz were expected to do a better job than what they did.
Temperament has a huge role to play in the game of cricket, a team may have bunch of world class cricketers but in the end, their performance on the field is what matters the most. In their latest encounter, India looked composed and temperamentally strong, which helped them achieve fruitful results.
An India vs Pakistan contest is perceived as a battle between India's batting and Pakistan's bowling. But Indian batting has done reasonably well on most of the occasions to evolve victorious. Pakistan has never been short of batting talent, in fact, they've been boasting of one of the best batting line-ups and have produced some amazing batsmen over the years. But the inability to replicate their magic in ICC events have hampered their records.
Fielding plays a massive role but often seems to be overlooked. Over the years, Pakistan have been a poor fielding side, which has hampered their progress big time. As it goes with the saying, catches win matches, Pakistan have failed to be outstanding on the field. Though India were also ordinary in their previous encounter on the field but did well in rest of the games.