Rivalries in sport mean a lot to the players as well as the supporters as they see the pride in it. Some of the famous sporting rivalries include Mohammad Ali vs Joe Frazier, John McEnroe vs Bjorn Borg, El Clasico battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona, Brazil vs Argentina and the modern day battle Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal. Here is the list of the top five rivalries in cricket.
While speaking about the rivalries in cricket, nothing can come near the rivalry between England and Australia. The rivalry dates back to the late 19th century and have named the series as Ashes because of the actions of few angry fans at The Oval who burnt the bails and took that Ashes as a remembrance of that Test match which England lost. The very next day, British newspapers stated that the English cricket was dead at The Oval and the ashes were taken to Australia. Since then, both the teams play against each other in a five match series every two years and the series is called Ashes cricket, where the players play to regain the pride of their nation. Australia shammed England 5-0 in the previous Ashes series back home and will fly to England in 2017 for yet another battle.
If Ashes is considered as the most intense rivalries in cricket, the Indo-Pak matches are called as the Mother of All Battles. The cross-border rivalry is one of the most intense clashes in the sporting world. Whenever India and Pakistan play against each other, there will be tensions all around among the players as well as the fans. The players from either sides give all they could to get the better of opposition. The rivalry was at its best in the late 1980s and early 1990’s but came to a halt for few years due to the political issues between the countries. It was again restarted in 2004 and currently both the teams play each other quite regularly.
The rivalry between the Trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand is one of the most exciting rivalries in the world of cricket. Just like the Indo-Pak rivalry, the Trans-Tasman battle is a clash between the neighbouring countries, but the intensity in these matches can’t match the Indo-Pak battles. Like every other rivalry, both the teams play a bilateral series once in two years and the trophy they play for is called as the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. The trophy name is coined as a token of respect for the Chappell brothers and Hadlee brothers.
The India-Australia, which is also called as the Warne–Tendulkar rivalry by the fans in the 1990’s was started way back in the 1980’s but became more and more intense in the early 1990’s when Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath made their international debuts. Both India and Australia play test series once in two years for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the trophy which is named afterthose two legendary cricketers from either sides. India defeated Australia 4-0 the last time both the teams met. India are scheduled to tour Australia later this year for a 5 match test series. It is expected that the series will be more focussed on the battle between Aussies’ lethal speedster Mitchell Johnson and India’s champion batsman Virat Kohli.
The rivalry evolved in the last decade and has become the most interesting rivalry at present. The rivalry is the battle of two modern day heavyweights who give everything they can for a victory. The rivalry might be battle for pride such as the Ashes or Indo-Pak series, but the quality of cricket they produce makes them one of the most interesting battle.