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India vs England: Head-to-Head in ODI World Cup

India and England have had neck-to-neck competition in the history of the ODI World Cup. Apart from the first edition in 1975, all other matches have been thrillers, with both teams trying to come on top of each other.

On that point, here’s a look at India’s ICC Cricket World Cup head-to-head record against England:

So far, India and England have played against each other in 9 World Cup matches. England defeated India 4 wins, while India managed to beat England in 4 matches. And 1 match ended in a thriller tie in the 2011 edition.

India vs England: All Results In ODI World Cups

June 7, 1975England won by 202 runsLord’s
June 22, 1983India won by 6 wicketsManchester
November 5, 1987England won by 35 runsMumbai
February 22, 1992England won by 9 runsPerth
May 29, 1999India won by 63 runsBirmingham
February 26, 2003India won by 82 runsDurban
February 27, 2011Match TiedBangalore
June 30, 2019England won by 31 runsBirmingham
October 29, 2023India won by 100 runsLucknow

1975: Lord’s

In the first clash, England decided to bat first and went on to score 334 runs in 60 overs. Later, Sunil Gavaskar’s (36* off 174) arduous knock during India’s run-chase of 335 proved controversial as India lost the match by a whopping 202-run margin.

1983: Manchester

India pulled off a big coup in 1983, defeating hosts England by 6 wickets in the semi-finals to set up a final against defending champions the West Indies at Lord’s. India’s bowling attack, led by captain Kapil Dev, skittled the English side for 213 runs. Yashpal Sharma’s 61 and Sandeep Patil’s 51* paved the way for India with an easy chase.

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1987: Mumbai

In the 1987 semi-final, Graham Gooch swept the defending champions out of their own party in front of a raucous crowd at the Wankhede Stadium. He scored a knock of 115 and helped England set a target of 255. While chasing, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and lost the game by 35 runs.

1992: Perth and 1999: Birmingham

India went on to lose another close game (by 9 runs) in 1992 before producing a remarkable comeback in 1999 when they knocked hosts England out of the competition with a 63-run victory in Birmingham.

Talking about the 1992 game, the Indian bowlers bowled pretty well, restricting the English side to 236 runs. While chasing the target of 237, Ravi Shastri and Krishnamachari Srikkanth provided a good start. Later, wickets kept falling, but Shastri stood on the other end. However, India lost the contest by 9 runs, as Shastri was the last man standing.

The 1999 game saw Indian bowlers dominating the England batters. After being asked to bat first, India put 232 runs on the board, with the top and middle order contributing crucial runs. In defence, India got a couple of wickets earlier, giving England no chance to make a comeback in the match.

2003: Durban

The 2003 World Cup match was a one-sided affair as Ashish Nehra stormed through the English batting order in Durban. Batting first, India posted 250 runs on the scoreboard, riding on the back of Sachin Tendulkar’s and Rahul Dravid’s half-centuries. The defence was similar to the 1999 game, as Nehra got quick wickets early on, helping India trounce England by 82 runs.

2011: Bangalore

But, perhaps, the best India vs. England World Cup match took place in 2011, when nothing could separate both teams after 8 hours of back and forth. Amazing scores from Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar (120 off 115) and English skipper Andrew Strauss (158 off 145), as well as a brilliant run of reverse-swing bowling from Zaheer Khan, resulted in a tie, and, as Ravi Shastri stated at the end, “no side deserved to lose the game.”

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2019: Birmingham

The 2019 match was a letdown due to a lack of intent from the Indian team as well as England’s power-packed batting showing. Jason Roy (66), Jonny Bairstow (111), and Ben Stokes (79) powered England to a huge total of 337 runs. Despite Rohit Sharma’s century and Virat Kohli’s half-century, India lost the game by 31 runs.

2023: Lucknow

On a tricky Lucknow surface, India was 40/3 at the end of 12 overs. Then India’s captain Rohit Sharma partnered with KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav to help India post a fighting total of 229 on the board. Later in the second innings, the Indian bowlers didn’t give a chance to the English batters to chase the target and uprooted them for 129, and India won the match by 100 runs.

Final Thoughts

The matches between India and England have established themselves as compelling chapters in the exciting saga of cricket’s ODI World Cups, attracting spectators worldwide. Reflecting on their vast history, it becomes clear that these fights are more than just contests, but moments carved in the annals of the sport.

Both sides have demonstrated exceptional skill, resilience, and sportsmanship, leaving fans across the world with amazing memories. The nail-biting victories, heartbreaking defeats, and awe-inspiring performances have turned these matches into legends, reminding us of cricket’s absolute brilliance. 

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