"I think the India‑Pakistan game is always a big game, doesn't really matter where you are playing, and if you see both the teams, if you compare it to the '80s or the early '90s, you can say it has mellowed down a bit for the good of cricket," Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said in an interview to ICC website ahead of the match against Pakistan.
"You don't really see the same kind of action when it comes to the cricketing skills and the verbal skills, which I feel is good. And at the same time the intensity is still there," he added.
Yes, India‑Pakistan contest might have mellowed down to some extent over the years with the relations between the countries improving but for fans from the countries, the encounter is never like any other matches. It's much more than the Ashes.
The fact that tickets for the match were sold out in just 30 minutes when the ICC Champions Trophy tickets went online for sale in April this year speaks volumes.
India has qualified for the semi-final of Champions Trophy 2013 while Pakistan have been eliminated after two defeats but the contest on Saturday will be watched keenly by cricket fans from the sub-continent if not from other parts of the world. And Pakistan fans will forget the dismal performance of the team in the tournament if they beat India.
As fans eagerly wait for the game to begin on Saturday (15 June) at Edgbaston, Birmingham, we bring you India vs Pakistan past record and highlights:
- India and Pakistan have met 124 times out of which India won 49, Pakistan 71, and four no-results.
- India won all the four encounters against Pakistan in World Cup matches since 1992, while Pakistan have 2-0 win-loss record against India in Champions Trophy.
- In the last 10 meetings (ODI), the countries share 5-5 record.
- Indian and Pakistan played two ODIs in 2013, and won one game each.
- India is currently No.1 in ICC ODI ranking.
- Pakistan is at No.6 in ICC ODI ranking.
Main Performers this Tournament:
- Shikhar Dhawan scored back-to-back centuries in Champions Trophy 2013. All eyes will be on him on Saturday.
- Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq's knock of 96 against West Indies is the highest score by a Pakistani this tournament.
- Rohit Sharma scored back-to-back half centuries, while Dinesh Karthik scored a half century.
- Nasir Jamshed and Misbah-ul-Haq scored a half century each this tournament.
- Ravindra Jadeja is the highest wicket taker for India with seven wickets in two matches this tournament.
- Mohammad Irfan is the highest wicket taker for Pakistan with four wickets in two matches.