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India vs. Pakistan: ICC Cricket World Cup

India vs. Pakistan: ICC Cricket World Cup

The India–Pakistan cricket rivalry is one of the most extreme and intensified sports rivalries in the world. The arch-rival relations between the two nations, resulting from bitter diplomatic relationship and conflict that marked the Partition of British India into India and Pakistan in 1947 and the subsequent Kashmir conflict, laid the foundations for the emergence of an intense sporting rivalry between the two nations who had otherwise shared a common cricketing heritage.

It is without a shadow of a doubt the biggest match in the world of Cricket. The rivalry of these two cricket neighbouring nation has lots of history in itself, and a cricket match between these two nations is enough to make any casual sports fan invest on the game of cricket. There have been many close games between the two rivals. In fact, this cricket rivalry has taken cricket to the whole next level.

The first Test series between the two teams took place in 1951–52, when Pakistan toured India. Head to head Pakistan has had an edge over India in ODI cricket with 73 wins vs India's 54 and 12 wins in test as opposed to India's 9. India toured Pakistan for the first time in 1954-55. Between 1962 and 1977, no cricket was played between the two countries owing to two major wars in 1965 and 1971. The 1999 Kargil War and the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks have also interrupted cricketing ties between the two nations.

Tickets for the India-Pakistan match in the 2015 World Cup in Australia sold out in 11 minutes after they went on sale. India-Pakistan cricket matches are some of the most watched television broadcasts in both countries. The 2011 World Cup attracted an average audience of nearly 135 million in India alone. The 2015 World Cup opening match between India and Pakistan had a 14.8% TV rating (TAM data M15+ ABC) in India, with a live reach of 288 million. In total, the match is estimated to have drawn over 1 billion viewers worldwide. The approximate number of viewers for the India vs Pakistan encounter at the T20 World Cup in 2016 was more than 83 million.

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