Who doesn’t love to watch a rivalry made in heaven, on the cricket field? Yes, you got it right, we are talking about the epic India–Pakistan rivalry whose next episode is scheduled at Edgbaston on June 4th and the occasion is the ICC Champions Trophy.
While India hold the rubber over Pakistan in the World Cups- ODI and T20, as they have won all the 11 contests so far but when it comes to Champions Trophy Clashes, Pakistan are slightly ahead with a 2-1 record over the arch rivals. These fascinating contests are made up of a number of legendary contributions by some of the greats that have played the sport. We take a look at the top performers in the India-Pakistan ODI clashes.
- Sachin Tendulkar
It’s impossible that you are talking about some batting records and the name ‘Sachin’ doesn’t appear in it! This list is no exception as the little maestro tops the batting charts from either side with a total of 2526 runs from 69 matches at an average of 40.09.
The tally includes five hundreds and sixteen half-centuries with 141 being the highest score. But the innings that is immortal is the blistering 75-ball 98 in the 2003 World Cup which subdued the world-class bowling Pakistani bowling attack boasting of the likes of Akram, Akhtar and Waqar.
Classic innings from 2003 World Cup at Centurion by Sachin Tendulkar. One of his best innings!!
The No.2 on the top scorers’ list is the former Pakistani Captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq with his tally of 2403 runs from 67 matches at an average of 43.69. Inzi, as he was popularly called, loved batting against India- be it the ODIs or the Test matches. He has four hundreds and twelve fifties to his name in the Indo-Pak clashes. His highest effort stood at 123.
- Saeed Anwar
Another Pakistani batsman who loved to bat against the Indian bowling attack, Anwar scored his highest ODI score against India when he smashed 194 at Chennai in 1997. This was also the record for highest individual score in ODIs at that time and Anwar kept it for quite long until it was finally broken by the little master’s first double century in ODIs against South Africa in 2010. Anwar’s ODI exploits against India yielded 2002 runs from 50 matches at an average of 43.52. He scored four hundreds and eight half-centuries against India.
- Wasim Akram
The swing prodigy rules the bowling charts in the India-Pakistan encounters with 60 wickets from 48 matches. It was always an uphill task to negotiate the guiles of Akram as is evident by his average of 25.15 and the miserly economy of 3.73. His best figures during the epic saga are 4/35. His 39 maidens are way more than any bowler from either country.
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- Saqlain Mushtaq
The inventor of ‘the doosra’ stands next in the line of highest wicket takers in Indo-Pak matches with his impressive 57 wickets from just 36 matches at an average of just under 25. His best effort against India was 5/45. Considering his exploits against India, England hired him as a spin consultant before their India tour late last year.
- Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is next on the list with his 54 Pakistani wickets coming in 34 matches at an average of 24.25. The man also holds the unique distinction of taking all the ten wickets in a Test match innings when he captured all ten Pak batsmen at Kotla to become only the second bowler to achieve the rare feet. His ODI exploits against Pakistan are no less with his best figures being 4/12.