India and Pakistan will play each other in a hugely anticipated encounter at Edgbaston in Birmingham. India are widely tipped as the favourites to win this game as they have a far superior side compared to their arch rivals.
The hype around India-Pakistan matches has always been high. The arch-rivals are set to lock horns again on June 4 in Birmingham. The entire cricketing world will witness the ‘mother of all clashes’ – India vs Pakistan
The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, tried to play down the hype by calling it “just another game of cricket “.This Sunday in Birmingham, amidst the blue ocean, will also be the green patches cheering for their respective countries. Fans back home will be glued to the television sets, sports bars will buzz with aficionados and the game of cricket will be a communal life experience. Or, will it be “just another” memorable thriller?
India has historically dominated Pakistan in ICC tournaments. India has won all its matches against Pakistan in World Cup as well as the World T20s. But the only two losses that India has had to suffer vis-à-vis Pakistan in ICC tournaments have come in the Champions Trophy itself.
Champions Trophy, Pakistan have a 2-1 head-to-head record in their favour. India lost to Pakistan for the first time in an ICC event at Edgbaston on September 19, 2004. Five years later, India lost their second consecutive CT tie against Pakistan, at Centurion (SA) in 2009.
India have had the upper hand in meetings between the two sides in recent years and the head to head records clearly shows India are favorites to win the match in England on June 4. Pakistan have fallen behind, the last five “big” matches between these sides – 2012 World T20, 2013 Champions Trophy, 2014 World T20, 2015 World Cup 2015 and 2016 World T20 – have been quite one-sided.
The June 4 encounter has generated a lot of hype, like all Indo-Pak encounters do. The current expectations of people of both countries notwithstanding, both skippers Virat Kohli and Sarfaraz Ahmed have tried to keep the focus on cricket.