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Top 10 Most Known Cricket Rivalries of All Time

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Welcome cricket fans, as Asia Challenge is going on and World Cup is coming the way, I have decided to create a list of the Top 10 Most Known Cricket Rivalries of All Time in the history of cricket.

This is not an official Top 10 list, but you can comment on your favorite rivalry. If you know any other great rivalry then feel free to mention it too.

The Ashes (England vs. Australia)

The Ashes rivalry began in 1882 when Australia defeated England at The Oval. A mockery in The Sporting Times stated that English cricket had died, and “the body will be cremated, and the ashes taken to Australia.” – too dramatic of them don’t you think

Format: The Ashes series consists of Test matches played alternately in England and Australia.

Notable Moments: The 2005 Ashes series, known for its thrilling cricket and England’s narrow victory, is often cited as one of the greatest Ashes series.

Historical Significance: The Ashes series is steeped in history and tradition, with a rich legacy of cricketing legends from both countries.

Intensity: The matches between Australia and England in The Ashes are characterized by fierce competition, intense rivalry, and passionate fan support.

Iconic Matches:

The “Bodyline Series” in 1932-33, where England employed aggressive leg theory tactics, and the 2005 Ashes series, featuring England’s thrilling win at Edgbaston.

Notable Players: Sir Don Bradman’s exceptional career and Shane Warne’s ‘Ball of the Century’ to dismiss Mike Gatting in 1993 are memorable moments.


India vs. Pakistan (Ah, this Iconic Rivalry)

Beyond cricket, this rivalry is deeply influenced by the historical and political tensions between India and Pakistan since their partition in 1947.

Bilateral Series: Due to political issues, bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan have been irregular. Most of their encounters have occurred in ICC events or the Asia Cup.

High-Stakes Encounters: Limited-overs matches between India and Pakistan have been highly anticipated, featuring thrilling contests in ICC events and the Asia Cup.

T20 World Cup: The inaugural ICC T20 World Cup in 2007 saw India and Pakistan face off in a thrilling final, won by India.

Iconic Matches :

1992 Cricket World Cup Final: Pakistan’s victory in the final over India in front of a global audience.

2007 ICC T20 World Cup Final: India’s triumph in the inaugural T20 World Cup against Pakistan.

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West Indies vs. Australia

During the 1970s and 1980s, the West Indies cricket team, led by legendary figures like Clive Lloyd and Vivian Richards, dominated world cricket. Australia’s batting prowess often clashed with the West Indies’ fearsome fast bowlers, creating iconic duels.

Iconic Moments: The tied Test match in 1960 and the 1984-85 series, featuring Malcolm Marshall and Dennis Lillee, are memorable to old cricket fans.

Dominance in Limited-Overs: In the 1970s and 1980s, West Indies’ dominance extended to limited-overs cricket, where their powerful batting and fast bowling were well known.

Iconic Matches:

The 1979 Cricket World Cup final, where West Indies defeated Australia, is a landmark moment in this rivalry.

Tied Test (1960): The first-ever tied Test match in cricket history during the Brisbane Test.

1984-85 Series: Featuring fast bowlers Malcolm Marshall, Jeff Thomson, and Dennis Lillee.

India vs. Australia

This rivalry has grown in significance, especially in Test cricket, with competitive series in Australia and India. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is a prestigious Test series contested between India and Australia, often producing thrilling cricket. With that India’s historic Test series win against Australia in 2020-21 marked a significant moment in this rivalry.

Iconic Matches:

2001 Kolkata Test: India’s historic comeback after being asked to follow on, with VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid’s epic partnership.

2020-21 Test Series: India’s remarkable Test series win in Australia, despite injuries to key players.

South Africa vs. Australia

Both teams have consistently been among the top-ranked sides, leading to closely fought Test series and ODIs. Australia and South Africa have had competitive limited-overs encounters, known for high-scoring matches and thrilling finishes. Their clashes in Cricket World Cups and bilateral series have often produced nail-biting contests.

Iconic Moments: The 1999 Cricket World Cup semi-final, where South Africa edged Australia, is one of the most memorable clashes.

Iconic Matches:

1999 Cricket World Cup Semi-Final: South Africa’s thrilling victory over Australia.

South Africa’s famous “438-game” in 2006, where they chased down 434 against Australia, is one of the most iconic ODIs in history.

Test Series: Competitive series featuring greats like Shane Warne, Allan Donald, and Jacques Kallis.

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