Indo-Pak combined all-time ODI XI
In the last 12 years, India has hosted Pakistan for a bilateral series only once. Both countries take the field against each other only in ICC events and Asia Cup.
Published - Jun 18, 2020 12:33 pm | Updated - Jun 18, 2020 9:15 pm
The Indo-Pak rivalry in sports is the one cricket fans throughout the world look up to. Though other contentions exist between various countries like the trans-tasman rivalry between Australia and New Zealand, none of them matches the zeal and vigour of fans when the subcontinental neighbours take on each other. Players from both sides are especially geared up to take on each other for the marquee event.
Ever since 2008, ties between the neighbouring countries have been strained leading to decreasing cricketing engagements between them. In fact, in the last 12 years, India has hosted Pakistan for a bilateral series only once. Both countries take the field against each other only in ICC events and Asia Cup.
The reduced cricketing action between the two nations thus hypes up the limited matches between the countries. The fans have started looking forward to their encounters in the ICC events more than ever before. Both countries have produced exceptional cricketers who have taken the world by storm.
Here we discuss the All-time combined ODI XI of Indian and Pakistani players:
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Any list involving Indian players is incomplete without the presence of the ‘Master Balster’. Considered as the ‘God of Cricket’ by many fans and experts alike, Tendulkar was the one who made cricket a household sport in India. Few people had more impact than Sachin in attracting Indian youth to the sport.
Throughout his career, Sachin has made innumerable records, some of which are so daunting that experts think they’ll never be broken. A man who has completed a century of centuries in international cricket deserves no less. Sachin also has a more than impressive record against Pakistan scoring 2526 runs in 69 matches with 5 hundreds and 16 half-centuries.
In his ODI career, Sachin took the field in 463 matches scoring 18, 426 runs at an average of 44.83. This included 49 hundreds and 96 fifties. Apart from this, he left his legacy in 2010 when he became the first male cricketer to score a double hundred in ODIs. In this playing XI, the Mumbai-born batsman will open the innings.