ODI World Cup 2023 is going to be played in India.
Pakistan is hosting the Asia Cup.
New Delhi. Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that India and Pakistan will play against each other in the finals of both Asia Cup and World Cup. He has expressed hope that the way will open between the two countries. Along with this, he has appealed to the people on both sides to spread positivity and work towards bridging the gap. But at the same time, Shoaib Akhtar has also called for ‘revenge’ from arch-rivals India for the semi-final defeat in 2011.
In conversation with Sports Tak, Shoaib Akhtar said, “I want India vs Pakistan final, whether they are playing in Mumbai or Ahmedabad. Wherever it happens in India. I will try my level best to watch the final. This time we have to take revenge for 2011.
India faced Pakistan in the last-four stage of the 2011 ICC World Cup in Mohali. In this high-voltage match, Pakistani fielders dropped many catches, after which Sachin Tendulkar played a brilliant inning of 85 runs in 115 balls. Tendulkar had hit 11 fours in his innings. In this match, Gautam Gambhir scored 27 runs in 32 balls and Suresh Raina played an important inning of 36 runs in 39 balls. India had scored 260 runs at the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs. Pakistan had failed to face the target in front of excellent Indian bowling led by Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Munaf Patel. The Pakistani team could only score 231 runs and lost by 29 runs.
This was India’s fifth consecutive win against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup after victories in 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003. India went on to win two more ICC World Cup matches against Pakistan in 2015 and 2019 and have a 100% record in World Cup tournaments against the arch-rivals.
However, if we look at the ODI record of both the teams, then the balance is tilted towards Pakistan. India and Pakistan have played 132 ODIs so far, out of which Pakistan has won 73 and India has won 55 matches. This includes Pakistan’s almost monopoly of matches played in Sharjah.
Please tell that Shoaib Akhtar was a part of the 2011 ODI Cup, but it was a forgettable tournament for him. He played only three matches in the tournament and was not part of the playing XI for the match against India. The group match against New Zealand at Pallekele was the last he played in the tournament. Along with this, this was also his last match, which he played at the international level. It was a disappointing end to the career of a player who still holds the record for the fastest delivery (161.3 kmph).
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 22, 2023, 18:42 IST