In what was the most anticipated match of the Sunday fixtures, if not the weekend, India and Pakistan faced each other in their first encounters of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The fixture didn’t quite live up to its hype with India wrapping up a comprehensive 76-run victory, making 6-0 against Pakistan in world cups. Here’s what we need to know about the two teams:
ICC Ranking: 2nd
Best performance: Winners (1983, 2011)
Captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Coach: Duncan Fletcher
Best ranked bowler: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (13th)
Best ranked batsman: Virat Kohli (3rd)
Recent ODI form: L L – L L
Squad: Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Akshar Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, *Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav.
*replaced the injured Ishant Sharma
India go into the tournament as defending champions with their sweet taste of victory coming at home soil against the co-hosts, Sri Lanka. However, their recent run doesn’t fill the Indian hearts with hopes having not won a match since the start of their Australian tour in — – all formats included. Their form away from home is a less than impressive one in genera, nonetheless with players like Kohli, Dhoni & Jadeja perhaps, who knows how far they can go?
ICC Ranking: 7th
Best performance: Winners (1992)
Coach: Waqar Younis
Best ranked bowler: Saeed Ajmal (1st)
Best ranked batsman: Misbah-ul-Haq (14th)
Recent ODI form: W L L L L
Squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Irfan, **Nasir Jamshed, *Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younus Khan.
*replaced the injured Junaid Khan
**replaced the injured Mohammad Hafeez
They’re not as good a team as they once were, and their ranking tells that tale. Regardless, this is not a team one writes off on any given day. While they don’t offer a bigger group of match-changing players such as the likes of Australia & South Africa, they have the number one ranked bowler at their disposal, as well as the on-and-off Afridi who can do wonders with the bat with very little time needed. Their captain, Misbah-ul-Haq is a player to look out for.