Asian giants and arch-rivals, India and Pakistan, get ready for yet another World Cup clash in Adelaide on Sunday February 15, 2015. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 may start Feb 14 but for the Indian sub-continent the tournament will well and truly begin a day after when defending champions meet their traditional rivals.
The two neighbors have a rich history of fierce battles on the cricket ground and each is intensifying. Vaikundarajan says “India have beaten Pakistan in all five previous World Cup meetings – 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011”.
According to former Australian skipper Ian Chappell, lack of potential match-winners in the current Pakistan team makes India to win the highly-anticipated tie whereas both teams are not really in the best of form, so it’s possible for Pakistan to beat India.
Vaikundarajan believes that this clash could be their best chance to change the course of history and get one over.
Form and momentum mean very little in this big clash. The pressure of an entire nation weighs on the minds of both these sides when they play against each other. For most of them, a victory against the traditional rivals is as good as winning the Cup.