ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 Schedule Announced: India and Pakistan Set for Epic Clash
In a much-anticipated announcement, the fixture between cricketing arch-rivals India and Pakistan has been confirmed for the upcoming ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023. The thrilling encounter is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 15, at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
This clash holds tremendous significance as it marks the eighth meeting between the two nations in the history of the men's World Cup. Previous face-offs occurred in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2015, and 2019, with India emerging victorious on each occasion.
The 2007 World Cup was the only exception when these cricketing giants did not lock horns due to early exits from the tournament. However, the forthcoming match promises to be a fiercely contested battle as both teams seek to claim victory in this prestigious tournament.
India has enjoyed a dominant record against Pakistan in World Cup encounters, including a memorable triumph in the 2011 semi-final held in Mohali. Sachin Tendulkar's impressive 85 and India's collective bowling effort secured a thrilling 29-run win, advancing them to the final. The last World Cup clash between the two teams in 2019 saw India post an imposing total of 336/5, courtesy of Rohit Sharma's scintillating 140 runs. Pakistan's chase was hampered by rain, resulting in a defeat by 89 runs (DLS method).
While India has consistently held the upper hand, Pakistan will be eager to rewrite history and clinch a victory in the 50-over format. Their recent success against India in the T20 World Cup has given them renewed confidence, and they aim to replicate that performance in the longer format.
The Narendra Modi Stadium, renowned for its colossal seating capacity of 132,000, is expected to be packed to the brim for this high-stakes encounter. Notably, this grand stadium will also host the World Cup's opening match on October 5, as well as the final showdown on November 19.