The Indian cricket team couldn’t have kicked off their T20 World Cup against a better opponent than archrivals Pakistan. The banter, the bragging rights and the rivalry will come alive once again when the Men in Blue take on the Men in Green at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24, Sunday.

Though the host country will see the extravaganza unfold thousands of miles away from their beloved nation, MPL has ensured that the fans’ vibes remain with Team India throughout.

Team India’s new Billion Cheer Jersey is woven with of billions of fans cheering for Team India throughout their historic World Cup-winning occasions of 1983, 2007 and 2011. The soundwave design, imprinted on the jersey, signifies the roar, blessing and most importantly, the passion that the Indian cricket fans have nurtured for decades.

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The unique design of the brand new jersey comes with extreme comfort as well.  Manufactured in a world-class facility, the high-end performance jacquard fabric used in it gives better breathability and longevity, thus making it the ultimate gear for the fans to wear during the epic encounter on Sunday. You can order your India cricket team jersey from here.

India vs Pakistan in T20 World Cups

Though the T20 World Cup has seen numerous high-octane encounters over the past six editions, nothing could match the intensity of the India vs Pakistan encounters that made the 2007 T20 World Cup memorable. The archrivals had clashed twice in the inaugural edition with both the match going to the wire.

Though both Pakistan and India have one T20 World Cup title each to their names so far, the Men in Green are yet to win a match against India on the big stage. Both the teams have faced each other five times in T20 World Cup matches, with India emerging victorious on all five occasions.


Date

Venue

Result

September 14, 2007

Durban

India beat Pakistan in a bowl-out

September 24, 2007

Johannesburg

India beat Pakistan by 5 runs

September 30, 2012

Colombo

India beat Pakistan by 8 wickets

March 21, 2014

Dhaka

India beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

March 19, 2016

Kolkata

India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets


India and Pakistan at T20 World Cup

Interestingly, four of the six T20 World Cup final matches have featured at least one Asian team in them, with India and Pakistan appearing in three of them. Despite the likes of Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa boasting of T20 talents over the years like David Warner, Kevin Pietersen, Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers and more, it is India and Pakistan who are among the top four performers in T20 World Cup.

The Indian cricket team has a win percentage of 64.06 across six editions, where they have played 33 matches and won 20 of them. Though Pakistan trail India with a win percentage of 57.35, no one is closer to the Men in Blue than their neighbours. Pakistan have won 19 matches out of the 34 that they have played.

Interestingly, Pakistan have been more consistent in the T20 World Cups than India, reaching two semi-finals, one final and becoming a title-winner once. India, on the other hand, have reached one semi-final and one final since becoming the champions in 2007.

What has happened since India last faced Pakistan in a World Cup

The Pakistan cricket team had received a lot of backlash following their 89-run loss to India in the 2019 ODI World Cup, with the former cricketing giants seeing a massive overhaul in their squad in the last three years. Fifth-ranked T20I team, Pakistan come to this T2o World Cup riding on the form of Babar Azam, the second-ranked T20 batsman in the world, and the seventh-ranked Mohammad Rizwan.

Babar Azam had created headlines earlier this year when he overtook Indian captain Virat Kohli in the T20I and ODI rankings, thus making Sunday’s clash an epic encounter between two of the best batsmen in the world right now. Improving Pakistan’s poor record against India will also be a huge incentive for them to give their all.

India, on the other hand, come to this World Cup as the second-ranked T20I team and one of the prime title contenders. A month of IPL has further provided them extensive knowledge about UAE’s playing conditions, which is expected to work in India’s favour.

With MS Dhoni as India’s mentor, Kohli playing his last T20 World Cup as the captain and the Indian team having numerous matchwinners in the side, the 2021 T20 World Cup will be India’s to lose. And although Pakistan haven’t been India’s toughest contemporary in recent years, India definitely know what’s at stake.