The beauty of cricket is that it has got a reputation of being highly unanticipated.
Presenting to you 10 Most exciting India Pakistan matches of all time
1. When India was crowned WT20 Champions (2007)
The first T20 World Cup held in South Africa.
India Pakistan are some of the cricket giants according to icc ranking. In one of the most breathtaking match ever, Pakistan required 13 runs out of 6 balls to win the Cup. Misbah-ul-haq was looking forward to smashing his team to victory. At this essential moment, Indian captain took a gamble by placing the unproven Joginder Sharma to ball for the final over. And in the most dramatic ending, Misbah-ul-haq tried to hurl the ball into the stands which ended up into an Indian player’s hand. As a result Indians were the first T20 champions.
2. Bowl-out (2007)
The opening of ICC T20 World Cup (It was exciting, funny, entertaining)
In order to break the tie, a bowl-out session was needed. 5 bowlers were selected from each team who had to hit the stumps. Indian knocked-off thrice while Pakistan performed miserably.
3. The Unexpected (1984)
The beauty of cricket has got a reputation of being highly unanticipated
India could Score only an upsetting 125 runs. The end was kind of known, there was no stopping the Pakistani team. From a chance of having a straight win, the entire Pakistani team got wrapped up at an embarrassing 87.
4. Javed Miandad memorable sixer (1986)
Austral-Asia Cup final was a crucial moment in the career of Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad. Batting first, India scored a decent 245. Miandad came early on and held steady while his partners could not survive. Towards the end, nine wickets down Pakistan needed four runs to win. Miandad was on strike and did not miss the chance to send the ball flying to the stands.
5. Kumble Scoring an astonishing 10 on 10 (1999)
Feb 8th 1999 Delhi, Pakistan had a good start things seemed to be smooth. This is when team’s premier leg spinner Anil Kumble unleashed a torrent of harsh attacks. In one thrilling bowling spell Kumble wrapped up the whole batting line-up single-handedly and unneeded to say, Indian won the match.
6. Smashing Afridi -102 off 46 (2005)
During the 2005 six match ODI series Indian began to lead at 2-0. India scored 249 thanks to Naved-ul-Hassan’s gleaming efforts. Pakistan started with Afridi wasting no time in breaking Indian cricket strategy and smashing the second fastest century in ODI history. Even though Afridi dismissed at 131, Pakistan was already on a straight way to victory.
7. Saleem Malik rocked the Eden Gardens (1987)
Following Krishnamachari Srikkanth incredible century, India managed to score a 238 for the opponent to run after. But Srikkanth’s effort went drab when Saleem Malik took up batting. Pakistan, having scored only 161 and was five wickets down, Malik began smashing boundaries, becoming a bowlers nightmare. Scoring 72 of 36 balls with eleven fours and one six was enough for Pakistan’s victory.
8. Jumping jack -Javed Miandad (1992)
One of the most unforgettable moments in cricket came up during the 1992 World Cup. Pakistani batsman Javed Miandad jumped in front of Kiran More. It was a bewildering moment for fans and photographers alike. Unable to stand nonstop appeals by the Indian Wicketkeeper – Kiran More, Javed stopped the bowler midway, turned to More and had a heated conversations. A few moments later, after playing a ball, Miandad started jumping up and down comically mimicking More’s gestures. Experts laugh it off and Miandad did not have to face any punishment.
9. Roller coaster ride for 465,000 spectators (1999)
Some extraordinary performances on the field, (Saeed Anwar’s 188, Shoaib Akhtar’s 4/71, etc). But the match is known for something else. The second innings turned chaotic when Sachin Tendulkar was declared run-out. The crowd at Eden Gardens reacted crazily. This ensued chaos, riot and police had to clear-off the stand. However the match continued and Pakistan won the test by 46 runs.
10. Sachin-Dravid-Yuvraj to the rescue (2003)
Sachin Tendulkar played a dazzling inning, scoring 98 of 75 balls. India was still in need of 100 more runs to win. After Sachin was gone, Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj together scored a 99 run partnership.