ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is all set to commence on October 16 in Australia. As the inaugural match will be played between Sri Lanka and Namibia during the first round of the marquee tournament, namely the Group Stage. All the teams that have already qualified for the Super 12 stage are divided into two groups and will be joined by the top two teams from each group post the Group Stage round. Moreover, the second round will begin on the 22nd of October. And will be played between the host Australia and New Zealand.
The year’s most awaited face-off between the arch-rivals, India and Pakistan will take place on October 23 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Both the cricketing nations have won the title once in T20 World Cup history. While India under the leadership of MS Dhoni claimed the title in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup, which was in the year 2007. Pakistan won their maiden title in 2009 under the captaincy of Younis Khan at Lord’s. The two nations were the first two teams to reach the finals of the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup.
The teams are fully packed with extremely talented cricketers that have been proving themselves on the biggest stage time and again. Take a look at the team composition:
Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (Wk, VC), Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dinesh Karthik (Wk), Arshdeep Singh, Rishabh Pant (Wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj
Standby: Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammad Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar
Babar Azam (C), Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Nazeem Shah, U Qadir, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan (VC), Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohamad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (Wk), Mohammad Wasim, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir
Standby: Shahanawaz Dahani, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Haris
While Azar-led Pakistan recently received good news as the speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi will join the team soon. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma’s team already lacked a death bowler, now both his key players, Jadeja and Bumrah are officially out of the tournament.
India vs Pakistan head to head in T20 World Cup
The arch-rivals have faced each other in the T20 World Cup on 6 occasions. While India can boast about having won 4, Pakistan has only won one instance, moreover, 1 match ended tied.
Here’s a detailed table of all encounters between the two nations in the prestigious event:
|WINNER||MARGIN||VENUE||MATCH DATE||TOSS WON BY|
|INDIA||Tied||Durban, South Africa||Sept. 14, 2007||Pakistan|
|INDIA||5 runs||Johannesburg, South Africa||Sept. 24, 2007||India|
|INDIA||8 wickets||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Sept. 30, 2012||Pakistan|
|INDIA||7 wickets||Dhaka, Bangladesh||March 21, 2014||India|
|INDIA||6 wickets||Kolkata, India||March 19, 2016||India|
|PAKISTAN||10 wickets||Dubai, Dubai||Oct. 24, 2021||India|
Stats and Records to look at
Highest and lowest totals by each team: Highest total posted by India is 157 runs. While the highest total posted by Pakistan is 152. The lowest total posted by India is 118 runs, moreover, the lowest total posted by Pakistan is 119 runs.
All Time Top Players from each team: In the shortest format of the game, for India Virat Kohli has been the most valuable player and prolific run-getter. In seven matches Kohli has scored 311 runs with an average of 77.75. Additionally, the Indian star batter has an even more impressive record against the rival team Pakistan. Moreover, he also scored a half-century in the most recent face-off in the 2021 edition of the marquee event. Furthermore, for Pakistan Umar Gul has his way to the top. Gul has a total of 11 wickets in his name in the six games with an average f 16.18 and also has a four-wicket haul.
India Vs Pakistan Most Recent Encounter in T20 World Cup
In the 2021 T20 World Cup, Pakistan broke its winless streak against India in Dubai. With the help of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam’s duo, they registered a 10-wicket victory. Batting first India failed to put up a strong target, however, they managed to set a target of 151. Moreover, Shaheen Afridi’s lethal bowling helped Pakistan restrict their arch-rivals to a meagre score.
Mohammad Rizwan’s 79 not-out in the same match is the highest individual score by any batter in the game of mother of all rivalries.
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