2019 World Cup: Unknown incidents about Indo-Pak matches
India and Pakistan lock horns in match number 22 of the ICC World Cup 2019. This is set to be the seventh World Cup meeting between the two teams. Even this term, Men In Blue enter as clear favorites to overcome Pakistan. The rivalry has been headlined by records created by players, but here we present lesser known incidents about the India-Pakistan rivalry.
Inzamam's infamous bat incident was a sad chapter
Former Pakistan cricket team captain Inzamam-ul-Haq lost his cool on the field against India during a match in the Sahara Cup in 1997 at Toronto. Inzi, who was dismissed for just 10, attacked a fan with a megaphone during India's innings. Reports claim that an Indo-Canadian fan was continuously taunting Inzi and called him a potato. Inzi took a bat and attacked him.
Shiv Sena party hampers pitch in Bombay and Delhi
Shiv Sena saw its supporters dig the pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi in 1999. Delhi cricket secretary Sunil Dev stated that the damage was "minimal and repairable". This wasn't the first instance though. In 1991, Shiv Sena vandalized the pitch at Bombay's Wankhede stadium two days before Pakistan were to play an ODI series. Pakistan cancelled the series.
Pakistan unbeaten in ODIs at these two Indian venues
India have never beaten Pakistan at the Eden Gardens in ODIs. In the four matches played here, Pakistan have a 100% record. At the Chepauk in Chennai, Pakistan have won both ODI matches against India as well.
ODI rivalry foundation laid in 1978
India played their first ODI against Pakistan on October 1 in 1978. The match was 40 over-per-side. It was held at the Ayub National Stadium, Quetta. India won the match by four runs after Mohinder Amarnath's heroics. He scored a fifty and then claimed two scalps. This went on to lay the foundation of the mother of all battles.
Anwar's 194 trumped by Sachin
Saeed Anwar amassed 194 against India in 1997 and it remained the highest individual score by a batsman in world cricket for 12 years. Zimbabwe batsman Charles Coventry's unbeaten 194 in 2009 bettered the show. But it was India's Sachin Tendulkar (200*), who broke the feat in terms of runs in the year 2010. Sachin achieved the feat against South Africa.