They call this the 'Mother of all rivalries'. The die-hard cricket fans from the sub-continent are gearing up for yet another mouth-watering blockbuster clash between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan as the two teams will lock horns against each other in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. This will be the seventh World Cup meeting of both sides. The Men In Blue will look to maintain their supremacy over their neighbours with another victory and thereby, continue their unbeaten run in the quadrennial event while Pakistan will be hoping to register their maiden World Cup win over India. Nonetheless, when it comes to head-to-head ODI records, Pakistan are ahead with a 73-54 victory margin.
Meanwhile, there are political tensions between both countries which has been happening for a long time now. Therefore, former Pakistani pace legend Wasim Akram has come forward and urged the fans of both the countries to stay calm as the two fierce teams will be taking to the field on Sunday. Akram was also of the opinion that the fans should enjoy the match rather than complicating the situations even further. At the same time, the ex-skipper also added that at the end of the day, one team will win and one team will lose and has urged the fans to stay graceful. Akram further added that those who look at the cricket match from a war perspective are not true cricket fans.
Akram was a part of the Pakistan squad that had lost to India in its four World Cup encounters in 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003 respectively. However, he did not take part in the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium where he was captaining the Pakistan side as he pulled out just moments before the toss citing an injury and Aamir Sohail was made the stand-in captain.
The 1992 World Cup-winner is also confident that the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side will break their World Cup jinx against India and register their maiden win in the quadrennial event against their fierce rivals.
Even though India are undefeated against Pakistan in World Cups, it was the Men In Green who got the better of Virat Kohli & Co. in the last ICC tournament. They had registered an emphatic 180-run win over India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final.