8 Must Know – Unknown Facts About Coming Ind Vs Pak Match – The Greatest Rivalry in World Cup

By Akarshi Srivastava | 4 min read

World Cup - Ind Vs Pak

Ind Vs Pak? Even a 10-year old kid can tell you how crazy this rivalry has always been and still is. The suspense for this match remained the same over decades. Be it the great era of Virendra Sehwag, Shahid Afridi, Sachin Tendulkar, Shoaib Akhtar, or MS Dhoni or be it the modern era of Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam, the cricket fans were, are, and will always be equally excited for every Ind VS Pak to come in the world cup.

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All of us are so much excited for the match day that it becomes really difficult to kill the waiting time period. But you don’t have to do something else while waiting for the match because Mad4India listed some amazing facts about this Ind VS Pak rivalry in world cup over the years that nobody told you before!

Read further to know more.

Ind VS Pak on 14th Oct, 2023 – An expected thrilling Saturday

The craze of both the teams competing in world cup is always unmatched as it has a separate dedicated fan base. The Narendra Modi Stadium will be completely packed and screens at homes are surely not going to switch channels for the whole Saturday. As exciting as the match is going to be, here are some facts about this face-off that you would be shocked to know!

1. 7 Year wait of Pakistan Team to play on Indian Soil

The Pakistan cricket team landed in India after a 7 year wait to play the world cup on Indian Soil. The last time they were here was back in 2016 for the T20 World Cup. Since then, so many things changed between both the nations politically, but to keep up the spirit of the international tournament, the men in green landed in Ahmedabad for the big series.

World Cup 2023 Pak team
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No one on the present 15-men squad of the Pakistani Team has ever played an international match on Indian Soil. In addition, only two players, Mohammad Nawaz and Salman Ali Agha have been to India previously. Experiencing the ground for the first time might be challenging for them but we always wish for a great competition between both the teams in World Cup.

2. Ind VS Pak never happened in the first 4 world cups!

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For the first four world cup matches, India and Pakistan never faced each other in the whole tournament. Both were co-hosts in 1987 and the teams were supposed to play finals facing each other for the first time in the world cup, but each fell in the semi finals.

3. Team India never lost to Pakistan in World Cup

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After the first four world cups, Sydney, in 1992 witnessed the first match of the greatest rivalry – Ind Vs Pak in World Cup. Team India won that match and ever since, has competed seven times with Pakistan in the tournament and won all the seven matches. This 14th Oct, we are competing for the 8th time against Pakistan, what is your guess for the match? Let us know in the comments!

4. Semi finals in 2011 dragged the PM’s of India & Pakistan to the stands

Till date, India reached the semi finals of the world cup 6 times and lifted the cup twice. So, a semi finals for Indian fans was always special. But as the craze of playing against Pakistan has its own hype, the 2011 semi finals were played in a packed stadium with two most special personalities.

Yes, you guessed it right. The former Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gillani, the Pakistani Prime Minister enjoyed the match together from the stands of Mohali.

5. Broke the viewership record in 2011 and onto 14th oct, 2023 as well

In the history of cricket, the 2011 World Cup semi finals between India and Pakistan was the second-most watched game with a viewership of 485 million people worldwide. Even the finals were not this packed because it was not about the finals or semi finals, it was about the competing teams.

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This year as well, the cricket fans are all set with the same thrilling excitement. Narendra Modi stand in Ahmedabad has a capacity of 1 lakh 30 thousand people and the tickets are all sold out two days before the match. A Mumbai native bought the tickets for the upcoming India Vs Pakistan on 14th Oct, 2023 in August only for Rs. 2500 but due to some change in his plans, he resold the ticket recently and earned Rs. 22,000 from it. This is the fanbase this rivalry holds!

6. India VS Pakistan in World Cup 2023 spiked the Gujarat tourism

Ind Vs Pak in Gujarat
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Gujarat tourism was always in headlines for its amazing campaigns like ‘Khushboo Gujarat ki’ but the world cup 2023 boosted the tourism industry even more. Ever since the start of world cup 2023, the craze for travelling to Gujarat was insane which grew rapidly for the upcoming India vs Pakistan match. The hotels doubled their rates but still the room traffic rised by 200% and the flight tickets too increased rapidly.

So, what are your plans of contributing to this tourism hike? I would say “Kuch din to guzaro Gujarat me!”.

7. First World Cup without the legendary ‘Thala’

It’s been three years since MS Dhoni took retirement from the 50-overs format and many would say it is enough to get over the fact that he will not be on field anymore in the world cup. But only MSDians know the real pain. 2023 is the first time when Former captain of the Indian Cricket Team will be not be a part of the playing 11.

Ind Vs Pak - MS Dhoni
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Mahi has a fastest record of stumping in 0.08 seconds. How can somebody’s reflexes be so quick in a pressurized situation? Team India and the crazy cricket lovers will surely miss their “Thala’s” presence on ground but he will always be there for them. It was true when people said “Tha ek jo wickets ke peeche se game badal deta tha!”.

8. 11 Thousand Security Personnel will be deployed

On the coming Saturday, 11 Thousand security officials will be there in the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad to manage the crowd well for this biggest rivalry of the tournament.

Did you know these amazing facts about the biggest rivalry between India and Pakistan? Let us know in the comments below!

Wishing both the teams luck for the 8th face off, we await a healthy competitive match. Where India hopes for a 8-0, Pakistan must be all prepared for 7-1. Let’s wait for the D-day to find out which country will have the victory in their plate.

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