The rivalry between the Indian Cricket Team and Pakistan Cricket Team has been old age and the fans from both countries love to see the battle between the two great teams. They wait for the game to be played between the Indian Team and the Pakistani Team and the build-up before the game is always enormous.
Both, the Indian Cricket Team and Pakistan Cricket Team have a rich history in the game and we have seen so many great players from both teams playing for their respective teams. Today, we will talk about both teams and analyze which team is better and why.
Head to Head (Indian Team vs Pakistan Team)
If we saw head to head between the Indian Cricket Team and Pakistan Cricket Team in test cricket, the two teams have played 59 games against each other. Out of which, Team India has won 9 games while Pakistan Cricket Team has managed to win 12 games. 38 games have ended in a draw or no result.
The two teams played the last test series in 2007 in India. Team India won the 3-match series by 1-0. Two tests have resulted in a draw. They played their first-ever test series in 1952-53. Team India won that series as well by 2-1 while two tests ended in a draw.
The two teams have played the first-ever ODI series in 1978. It was a three-match series and Pakistan Cricket Team won the series by 2-1.
Overall, both teams have played 132 ODIs against each other. Out of which, Pakistan Cricket Team is clearly ahead of the Indian Team. They won 73 matches and the Indian Cricket Team managed to win 55 games. 4 games have been a tie or not resulted.
They played the last ODI series in 2012 in India where Pakistan won the three-match series by 2-1.
Now, both the teams only played in the ICC tournaments and no bilateral series was conducted since 2012.
Both teams have played 12 T20Is against each other. India is ahead in the shortest format with 8 wins. Pakistan has won just 3 games while one game ended with no result.
In ICC tournaments
Team India is dominating when it comes to the numbers in ICC tournaments. Let’s see the stats in different ICC tournaments.
ODI World Cups
Team India has won all 7 games they have played against Pakistan in ODI World Cups. They played the last ODI WC game in 2019.
T20 World Cups
In T20 World Cups also, Team India is ahead with 6 wins against just one win by Pakistan Cricket Team.
It was the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup in UAE when Pakistan won the first-ever T20 game against India in T20 WC. They chased down the target of 150+ without losing any wickets. The partnership between Babar Azam and M Rizwan got the Pakistan team home.
In Champions Trophy
Pakistan Cricket Team is marginally ahead in the ICC Champions Trophy with 3 wins in 5 games. Indian Team won two games in the tournament against Pakistan.
The last game in the Champions Trophy between the two teams in the final of the 2017 tournament where Pakistan won convincingly. They made 338 in the first inning and bowled India out for just 158, winning the first-ever Champions Trophy by 180 runs.
Overall, the two teams have played 19 games in the ICC tournaments and India won 15 games and Pakistan won 4 games. So India is ahead when it comes to ICC tournaments.
Indian cricket team has grown over the years
Both teams have played 203 games against each other. The Indian team has won 72 games while the Pakistan team has won 88 games. 43 games have been Tie/Draw/Not resulted.
So if we saw the numbers, Pakistan is ahead of the Indian team. They also won more games in Tests and ODIs. But, a lot has changed in the last 15-20 years in Indian cricket. Indian cricket has grown up and the Pakistan team’s performance has also gone down in that period.
It is a loss for Indian cricket that the two teams are not playing bilateral series anymore due to the relations between the two countries. The Indian team would have bettered the stats in that period.
ICC tournaments won by both the teams
Also, Team India has won 4 ICC titles. They have won two ODI world cups (1983 and 2011), one T20 World Cup (2007), and one Champions Trophy (2013).
On the other hand, Pakistan has won three ICC titles. They won one ODI World Cup (1992), one T20 World Cup (2009), and one Champions Trophy (2017).
So the Indian team has also won one ICC title more than Pakistan. In Asia Cup, Team India has won 7 Asia Cups across different formats while Pakistan has just won two. Pakistan has won one Asian Test Championship.
Conclusion: Which team is better?
So, if we go for the numbers overall, Pakistan is ahead of Team India. But in the current scenario, the Indian cricket team is better than Pakistan. Also, they won more ICC tournaments and played the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final as well.
So this is it for today. What do you think? Which team is better according to you? Comment your answer below.