A look back at one of the Cricket World Cup's most notable rivalries.
They’re the top two sides in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings and tomorrow, England and India start their three-match ODI series.
The two giants of international cricket have met on 96 occasions in the one-day format, with India holding the upper hand in terms of wins; 52 to England’s 39.
Seven of those ODIs have been at the ICC Cricket World Cup, where they have a level head-to-head record: three wins apiece and a tie.
So, to mark the upcoming ODI series, we look at England and India’s meetings at Cricket World Cups gone by.
7 June 1975 (Lord’s)
England won by 202 runs
England and India met on the first day of the very first Men’s Cricket World Cup, and it couldn’t have been a more convincing victory for England.
Lord’s was the host for the sides’ first World Cup meeting, as England racked up a total of 334/4 from their 60 overs, thanks mainly to 137 from opener Dennis Amiss.
India fell 203 runs shy of their target, but only lost three wickets, Sunil Gavaskar famously carrying his bat and ending on 36* from 174 balls at the end of India’s 60 overs!
22 June 1983 (Manchester)
India won by 6 wickets
India got their own back in the 1983 when they beat England at Old Trafford to book their spot in the final.
Captain Kapil Dev led from the front with the ball, finishing with figures of 3/35 from 11 overs as India bowled England out for 213.
In response, Yashpal Sharma (61) and Sandeep Patil (51* from 32 balls) both made half-centuries, and with support from Mohinder Amarnath (46), helped lead India into their first World Cup final.
5 November 1987 (Mumbai)
England won by 35 runs
The sides met at the semi-final stage again four years later, but this time it was England who came out on top.
Graham Gooch top-scored for England with 115 from 136 and was able supported by his captain, Mike Gatting, who ended up on 56 from 62 balls as England finished on 254/6.
In reply, off-spinner Eddie Hemmings starred, taking 4 wickets as India were bowled out for 219 in 45.3 overs.
22 February 1992 (Perth)
England won by 9 runs
Robin Smith scored 91 for England as they beat India in a tight affair at the 1992 World Cup.
Batting first in their opening game, England finished on 236/9, with Graham Gooch adding 51 to Smith’s 91.
In reply, current India coach Ravi Shastri top-scored with 57, but they were bowled out for 227 in the final over, ten runs short of the target.
29-30 May 1999 (Birmingham)
India won by 63 runs
England and India’s last Men’s World Cup meeting in England came at Edgbaston in 1999, the same venue where they’ll meet at next year’s tournament.
India were the victors last time out, coming out on top in a rain-affected game which stretched over two days, booking their spot in the Super Six stage in the process.
Rahul Dravid (53) top-scored for India as they made 232/8 from their 50 overs.
Following his knock of 40 in India’s innings, Sourav Ganguly starred with the ball, finishing with figures of 3/27 as England were bowled out for just 169.
26 February 2003 (Durban)
India won by 82 runs
Ashish Nehra took the best-ever figures by an Indian at the ICC Cricket World Cup as India beat England at the 2003 edition.
Nehra took the wickets of Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain, Alec Stewart, Paul Collingwood, Craig White and Ronnie Irani to finish with figures of 6/23 from ten overs.
Nehra’s spell helped bowl England out for 168 in response to India’s 250/9.
Sachin Tendulkar (50) and Rahul Dravid (62) both passed fifty to help India make a match-winning total.
27 February 2011 (Bengaluru)
England and India played out a World Cup classic in 2011, with their clash in Bengaluru finishing in a tie.
Sachin Tendulkar shone once again, scoring his 5th World Cup century. Tendulkar finished on 120 and was supported by half-centuries from Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh as India finished on 338.
In response, England captain Andrew Strauss led from the front with a sensational 158. Despite Strauss’ century and 69 from Ian Bell, England couldn’t get over the line, and finished level on 338/8 at the end of their 50 overs.
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