India Vs Pak, sans Sachin


Kolkata: India have played their arch rivals, Pakistan five times in the World Cup. Starting from 1992, if one keeps aside the venture of 2007, there has been two common factors in all the outings. First, India have won in all the matches it has played against Pak in the WC; and secodly, the other factor has been none other than the maestro, Sachin Tendulkar.

But this year, on Feb 15, the scenario will change. It will be Indo-Pak for one more time in the world cup no doubt, but there will be no Sachin Tendulkar. The ‘God of Cricket’ has retired from all formats of the game.

Five matches spanning across five World Cups played over a period of 23 years, and Pakistan still have to figure out a way to beat India at the showpiece event. But the sixth meeting at the Adelaide Oval in Australia will be strikingly different. The no Tendulkar factor is surely to bring a big relief to Pakistan.

Now it is to be seen whether the Pakistanis can turn the table or India keeps up their winning run at the WC against Pak without Sachin.