Saeed Anwar and Virat Kohli are the only two centurions in the history of India vs Pakistan World Cup clashes. (Image credit: News Nation)
The marquee clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is finally here. It is time for India vs Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash. Amidst all the rain and abandoned games, there is still hope for the ICC Cricket World Cup to be remembered for the right reasons. The clash between India and Pakistan, one of the most storied rivalries in cricket history, will take place on June 16 in Manchester. The match has been sold out months in advance and fans at the venue will be promised a once in a lifetime experience. The nature of India vs Pakistan clashes is such that every milestone, every achievement is magnified because of the immense pressure placed on both sides due to the existing tensions.
India has emerged victorious in all six World Cup encounters against Pakistan and they will be gunning for a seventh. Such is the nature of India vs Pakistan contests that there have been very few batting and bowling achievements. The India vs Pakistan contests tend to shun individual brilliance for sheer team contribution. In six contests in the World Cup, there has been only two centurions and three five-wicket hauls.
The only two centurions in the history of India vs Pakistan World Cups has been Virat Kohli and Saeed Anwar. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad have never hit centuries in World Cups against each other. Thus, the feat by Kohli and Anwar is indeed laudable. Here is a look at the two World Cup centuries.
1) Saeed Anwar 101 vs India, 2003 World Cup Centurion
Saeed Anwar had always hurt India in ODIs. He smashed 194, the highest individual score in an ODI at that time in 1997 in Chennai. Out of his 20 centuries, he hit four against India. It came as no surprise that Anwar would hurt India on the big stage, this time in the World Cup. In the clash at Centurion in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, Pakistan chose to bat and they started off well with Anwar and Taufeeq Umar stitching a solid stand. The middle order got starts but none carried on to make a big score. Anwar held firm and he became the first batsman in India vs Pakistan contests to hit a century. Pakistan finished on 273/7 but Sachin Tendulkar’s brilliant 98 and Yuvraj Singh’s fifty helped India win by six wickets.
2.) Virat Kohli 107 vs Pakistan, 2015 World Cup Adelaide
Cometh the hour, cometh the big stage, cometh the man. Virat Kohli had already established himself as one of the modern-day greats in cricket and he showed that he was the man for the big occasion. Against Pakistan in Adelaide, Kohli and India put on a clinical show. The right-hander was assisted by some sloppy fielding from Pakistan as he shared a 129-run stand for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan. Kohli then shared a 110-run stand with Suresh Raina. When Kohli punched Shahid Afridi down the ground for a single, Kohli became the first Indian player to hit a century in World Cups against Pakistan. India won the match by 76 runs and continued their dominance against Pakistan in this tournament.