Originally Posted by subshakerz
Not quite true. Anybody who consistently watched India-Pakistan matches in the 80s or 90s can attest that nothing quite matched their political-fuelled intensity, not even the Ashes. But part of what added to that drama is that you had great players on both sides.
Since 2004, this rivalry has waned and dwindled. One reason is that they simply played too much cricket against each other (annual test series in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, as opposed to the Ashes which takes place every two years, and innumerable ODIs). The other reason is that while India's stock has risen, Pakistan is no longer the side they once were a decade ago. Evenly-matched sides make for better cricket.
Since 2004 test record is 4-3 to India and 16-15 to Pakistan in Odi's. In 80's and 90's it was 5-1 Pakistan in tests while in odi's I don't have the figures but I guess it must be a huge advantage to Pakistan. So the gap between two sides was more during the last two decades then this one where it has been pretty even with I say a slight edge to India since they have done better in the bigger games.