Cricket World Cup 2019 hosts one of the biggest matches we’ve seen in a long time: India vs Pakistan. As the two arch-rivals face off, an interesting statistic is at play – a record that Sachin Tendulkar has held over the years might be at risk! Virat Kohli has been hailed as the successor to Tendulkar in the Indian side, and he might just stake his claim tonight.
The record he might be about to break over the years is that of winning the most man of the match awards against Pakistan at the World Cup.
India vs Pakistan: A History of World Cup Man of the Match Awards
Since the year 1992, India vs Pakistan has happened at every world cup event apart from the 2007 cricket world cup where both the teams got knocked out early on in the tournament. Here’s a list of everyone who won the MoM award at the match:
- 1992: Sachin Tendulkar
- 1996: Navjot Singh Sidhu
- 1999: Venkatesh Prasad
- 2003: Sachin Tendulkar (2)
- 2011: Sachin Tendulkar (3)
- 2015: Virat Kohli
Will Kohli Break Sachin’s World Cup Record?
If Virat Kohli, who already has an impressive performance at every world cup he has been a part of, can pull off a magnificent one tonight as well, he is going to win his second World Cup Man of the Match award in an India vs. Pakistan match.
Given that he plays for another four years and wins another award, he will equal Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 3 man of the match awards against Pakistan. And if he does it for the fourth time, he will break Sachin’s record!