A showdown between traditional rivals India and Pakistan in the cricket field is the most exciting match for former Indian pacer Javagal Srinath.
“I had my fair share of success at the World Cups, but no match excited me more than the four showdowns against Pakistan (during World Cups). That we won all four matches makes it even sweeter,” Srinath wrote in his exclusive ICC column.
“Somehow or the other, we found a way to motivate ourselves that much more when we played Pakistan. In many ways, especially for the fans of both teams, it was the final of the tournament, no matter even if it was just a pool fixture,” he added.
“Every match was high-energy, high-octane stuff, with needle such as the Javed Miandad-Kiran More incident at the SCG in 1992, the Aamir Sohail-Venkatesh Prasad face-off in Bangalore in 1996, and Sachin Tendulkar’s demolition of Shoaib Akhtar in Centurion in 2003.”
“In contests such as these, both the winner and the loser is remembered for long, but for entirely different reasons, of course!
“I see no reason why the India-Pakistan match in Adelaide in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be any different. The strengths of the two sides are immaterial when the two sides face each other. The keenness to win lifts the games of the players collectively, that will be the match to look forward to at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.”
India’s most successful fast bowler at the ICC Cricket World Cup along with Zaheer Khan with 44 wickets, Javagal Srinath played in four ICC Cricket World Cups (1992-2003). In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, he took 16 wickets while the 1999 event yielded him 12 wickets. Srinath is now a member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and has supervised 33 Tests, 147 ODIs and 46 T20Is. Courtesy ICC