Stat Attack: Crunching the numbers behind the India-Pakistan ODI rivalry

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The entire cricketing fraternity is eagerly awaiting the clash between defending champions India and Pakistan at The Oval in London.

The build up to the riveting encounter has already started with mind games off the field. Though these have been a common part of the numerous matches before, ultimately everything boils down to the performance on the D-Day in the adrenaline-pumping environment that prevails over the 22-yards in the middle. In this article, we take a look at the various numbers and records from the past ODI matches between the two countries.

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The two teams have faced off against each other on 128 occasions in ODIs, where Pakistan enjoy a significant 72-52 lead over their neighbours. However, when it comes to ICC Cricket World Cup, India holds an astonishing 6-0 record with Pakistan yet to register a solitary win in the biggest global cricketing event. The numbers for Champions Trophy indicate that the battle is much more intense and close as the Men in Blue trail 2-2 against the Green Army. In the last 10 matches, India hold a slender 7-4 lead.


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India-Pakistan ODI Rivalry in Numbers


  • As expected, Sachin Tendulkar once again makes the headlines as he is the leading run-scorer in the matches between these two nations. The Little Master aggregates 2526 runs from 67 innings at an average of 40.09.


  • Saeed Anwar’s historic 194 is the highest score by an individual batsman in any India-Pakistan encounter. Virat Kohli’s scintillating knock of 183 stands as an Indian highest, but second overall to Anwar’s effort.


  • Considering players who have more than 10 of these iconic matches, MS Dhoni’s average of 58.38 with two centuries and nine fifties is the highest among players from both the countries. However, Nasir Jamshed who played only six of such games averages a monumental 102 with three tons and a half century.


  • Salman Butt and Sachin Tendulkar jointly hold the top spot for most number of centuries: 5 each. Though Butt’s average of 52.21 is higher than Sachin, the latter has 16 fifties as compared to the Pakistan opener’s two.


  • Wasim Akram sits atop the leading wicket-takers chart with 60 scalps from 48 matches at an average of 25.15. The ‘Sultan of Swing’ also holds the best economy in these crunch matches, conceding runs at a miserly rate of 3.73.


Wasim Akram


  • Aaqib Javed’s superlative spell of 7/37 in 10 overs is the best bowling figures in Ind-Pak ODI encounters. India’s best but fourth in the list is Sourav Ganguly’s 5/16 in Toronto in 1997. Javed is also the only bowler to bag three five-wicket hauls in these matches with no other bowler having scalping more than one fifer.


  • With 71 dismissals from 49 matches, Moin Khan has been the most prolific wicket-keeper. Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni comes a distant second with 39 dismissals from 31 games. Nevertheless, the record for most dismissals in a single game goes to Nayan Mongia, after the Indian glovesman caught three catches and effected two stumpings in an ODI in 1996.


  • Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu’s 231-run stand for the second wicket in 1996 is the highest partnership for any wicket from both the teams.


  • Though Mohammad Azharuddin has played most matches (25) as captain, he won only 9 of those. Imran Khan had the best success rate as skipper, leading his team to 19 wins in the 24 matches he captained in.


  • India’s 356/9 is the highest team total among all the matches.


  • 693 is the highest match aggregate which came in the Karachi ODI in 2004, a match which India won by 5 runs.


  • The largest margin of victory attributes to Pakistan after they trounced India by 159 at Delhi in 2005.
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