Often world cup rivalries do not originate from playing against a particular team on a regular basis. Of-course it is one of the many reasons but most of the times there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. History, culture , geographical demographics and many other off the field aspects shape the rivalry to make it more intense.
We bring you the top rivalries in world cups :
1.Ind v Pak
Any form of cricket rivalry is incomplete without India and Pakistan. Fans from both side of the border are passionate about the game. Teams deliver fascinating edge of the seat performances.
Whenever India plays Pakistan, the patriotism of an entire nation reflects on almost all the citizens of the country. The intense rivalry causes the emotions to run high and a lot of pleasantries are exchanged across the border. When this encounter is a world cup affair, it adds more to the excitement and intensity.
Pakistan has won 72 out of the 127 ODI matches played between the neighbors, however when it comes to the world cups, India has had a upper hand and that too by a long margin. India has perfect 6-0 record against their arch rivals in world cups, a record that every Indian cricket fan is proud of. (1992, 1996, 1999,2003,2011 and 2015)
Sachin Tendulkar was the stand out performer for India, as evident from the five man of the match awards he won . For Pakistan it was Saeed Anwar and Wasim Akram who put up decent performances with the bat and ball respectively.