India vs Pakistan cricket match at Asia Cup 2018: Interesting facts that everyone should know
New Delhi : Cricket lovers are busy talking about the Asia Cup 2018 and the selected team. This year, the historical tournament will see the participation of six nations. The nations with Test status – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan received a direct entry into the tournament, while Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Singapore, and UAE had to compete in the qualifiers for the remaining one spot.
Amongst all the team, the match between India and Pakistan usually gets maximum attention. On readers' request, we have come up with some interesting facts about India vs Pakistan match. Take a look-
India vs Pakistan, 5th Match, Group A, Asia Cup 2018 is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. IND vs PAK, 5th Match will be held on Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Dubai
Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the Asia Cup 2018, is the highest run-getter in India vs Pakistan clashes in the last decades. Kohli has racked up an impressive 459 runs in 12 games with an exceptional average of 45.90. He has even scored 2 tons. For Pakistan, Mohammed Hafeez, who is yet another absentee from the Asia Cup 2018, has scored 437 runs in 9 matches at an average of 54.62.
In Asia Cup 2018, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is coming back after a back injury. He has racked up 11 wickets in just 7 games with an unbelievable economy of 4.27. Ishant Sharma also has 11 wickets in 7 ODIs against Pakistan.
Meanwhile, for Pakistan, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who has retired from cricket, is the highest wicket-taker for the Green Army after bagging an impressive 20 wickets from 9 matches.
Here are all the interesting facts about India vs Pakistan cricket match
The first Asia Cup was held in 1984 in Sharjah in the UAE. India, Pakistan and Srilanka were the only three countries to take part in the tournament. Indian team led by Sunil Gavaskar lifted the inaugural trophy as they defeated by Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
In 1990, Pakistan pulled out of the tournament, which was held in India, due to strained political tensions with the country. India retained the trophy after defeating Sri Lanka in the final.
In 1993, the strained relations between India and Pakistan led to the cancellation of the tournament entirely
In 1995, the fifth edition of the Asia Cup was held in Sharjah. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka reached the final but India lifted the trophy.
In the 2012 Asia Cup, Virat Kohli’s highest ODI score of 183 came against Pakistan. India managed to chase down the target of 330 set by the opponents on the back of his innings. It is also the highest ODI total in the history of Asia Cup.
The last bilateral series between India and Pakistan dates back to 2012-13 when Pakistan toured India for 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is.
In the last decade, India and Pakistan have met 12 times and Indian cricketers defeated the Green Army 7 times.
While in Asia Cup, India have a slim edge over Pakistan with a 6-5 record in 12 matches, with one match washed out.
India has won the Asia Cup six times while Pakistan won only two times
So far, Pakistan and India have met four times in Champions Trophy, with both teams winning twice apiece.
Overall, Pakistan has won two ICC championships – World Cup in 1992 and World Twenty20 in 2009. India has won five ICC titles, including two World Cups (1983 and 2015) and the World Twenty20 in 2007, apart from winning the Champions Trophy twice.
India and Pakistan have played 124 ODIs in ICC history, with Pakistan winning 72 and India winning 52.
India leads Pakistan 2-1 in the last three times both teams met in an ODI – India winning the Champions Trophy qualifier on June 4, 2017 played at Birmingham, as well as the ICC World Cup qualifier played in Adelaide on Feb 15, 2015. Pakistan beat India in the Asia Cup match played at Dhaka on March 2, 2014.
For now, every stats and fact from the history books is out to judge India and Pakistan on the field on September 19. Let’s wait and stay calm!