Saad Shafqat March 25, 2010

Pakistan's moment of glory

The final images are a blur
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"As far as Pakistanis were concerned, all was well with the world" © Getty Images

Eighteen years ago today Pakistan scaled one of cricket's grand peaks when it lifted the World Cup trophy in Melbourne. It was the tournament's fifth edition and the first to be held in Australia and New Zealand. Pakistan's previous best showing had been the semi-finals, which they had reached in each of the previous three World Cups.

In 1992, the United States was a cricket wilderness and there were no easy opportunities for a cricket nut like me to follow the international game. Internet, satellite television, and even Cricinfo were in their infancy. I was a graduate student at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and quickly formed a support group with fellow fanatics. At a crisis meeting, it was concluded that our only real hope was a shortwave radio. We tested a few models but the background static left us unimpressed.

The tournament was fast approaching and emergency measures were required. I took the plunge and ran up my credit card debt purchasing a plane ticket to Karachi. School was in full session and my PhD advisor was aghast that I would be taking two weeks off in the middle of the spring semester. I made my excuses. He was a midwestern workaholic and didn't know cricket at all, but understood the pull of passion.

At Karachi airport, on the other hand, everyone was talking cricket. I told the immigration officer I had come to follow the World Cup and he told me not to get my hopes up. This is the Pakistani way of cheering on your team, and I felt at home right away. At baggage claim I overheard two porters talking about selection and couldn't help butting in. They were excited that Javed Miandad, who hadn't made the initial touring party, had been recalled and would be flying out to Australia.

Pakistan were one of the favorites leading up to the tournament but had suffered a string of round-robin losses and were facing elimination. Everybody was perplexed. With the exception of Waqar Younis, who was injured, it was a full-strength team led by Imran Khan. Wasim Akram was opening the bowling and Mushtaq Ahmed was there with his wrist-spin. Miandad and Saleem Malik were the batting anchors, supported by a newcomer named Inzamam-ul-Haq. We were in the middle of Ramadan, Islam's holy month of fasting, and the team's lackluster performance triggered profuse prayers and supplication.

We did not know it at the time, but something crucial had clicked into place. Perhaps it was all the prayer and meditation; perhaps it was Imran’s exhortation that his team should play like “cornered tigers,” which is now part of folklore. Regardless, a do-or-die game against Australia was won, and the national mood lifted.

One thing led to another. Inzamam found his form and Akram found his inner focus. The gods of cricket also pitched in. Pakistan’s entry into the semi-finals depended on Zimbabwe defending 140-odd against England, which miraculously they did.

We had organized a family get-together to watch that semi-final, beamed live from Eden Park. New Zealand racked up 262. Then Pakistan slumped to four-down for not too many and we were all shattered. Nobody had heard of Inzamam then. Even Miandad had no faith in him, signaling for Akram to come in instead as he anxiously waited at the non-striker’s end. But Imran gave the order, Inzamam stepped out, and a great career was launched.

By the time the final came, everyone in Pakistan was walking around in a fog of disbelief. This was utterly unfamiliar territory. At 24 for 2, Miandad walked out to join Imran. Derek Pringle was bowling lively swing and seam. Nerves were overwrought and a batting disaster seemed imminent.

But these two were riding the crest of Pakistan’s golden age and did not let anything get in the way. The final images are a blur. Akram bowled those two impossible deliveries, Mushy dismissed Hick and Gooch, Ramiz took the last catch, and Imran lifted the prize. As the players walked back to the pavilion, Miandad embraced Imran. As far as Pakistanis were concerned, all was well with the world.

I had left the US having made boastful predictions about Pakistan’s inevitable success. Our group of expatriates in the Durham area, which included self-appointed cricket pundits from all corners of the cricket world, had not taken to this lightly. To their credit, they received me with warmth.

It is easy to romanticise these events but we forget the reality of toil and conflict on which such extraordinary moments are founded. Years later, when I was interviewing Miandad for his autobiography, I asked him if he had batted in the final with a sense of destiny. “No, it was nothing like that” he said.

I wanted to probe. “You and Imran had unfinished business left over from the 1987 World Cup semi-finals,” I told him. “Surely your mind was focussed on this god-gifted second opportunity in Melbourne and the backdrop of what you and Imran had done to transform Pakistan cricket.”

“No, you fool,” he said, finally erupting with irritation. “The score was 24 for 2. I was defending my wicket. There was no room in my head for anything else.”

Saad Shafqat is a writer based in Karachi

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  • Sayed Hussain on July 20, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Great Article! I was a 9 year old boy living in London, This article sends shivers up my spine untill today!!!! thank you Saad Bhai

  • Vikas_indian on May 13, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Hi, this is one of the best article i have read in this site..felt as if i waz in karanchi and was living the life, the writer did! kudos to writer..i was somwhere around 8 yr old at that time,but i remember my dad watching the match and supporting pakistan team very much(they are his second fav,obviously after India) well,seems like it would have been a dream come true to a pakistani fan..i am also a fan of that paki team with so many greats..we need a strong pak team in world cricket, they bring the x factor in it.. Miss those great days!

  • Dr.sohail on May 11, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    dr sahib!u just left your hectic residency job and came here all way long north carolina, thats really amazing!!

  • CricFan on May 5, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    That is the best pakistani team pakistan ever had. However I would say 1983 worldcup won by India is the most historic event until now. I am by no means downplaying the pakistan's acheivement here. I am also reminding u of another historic event of similar, if not better, achievement. India entered the world cup as minors (not favorites). But they surprised every one on their way to winning the world cup. Such acheivements will not go away from memory. Can u imagine beating mighty westindies in finals in those days?

  • Maliks on April 30, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    IMRAN KHAN was the best ever captain and he possessed leadership qualities like AFRIDI, Hope Pak repeats this 50 over World Cup win!!!

    I really like this Commnt ... Go Green Tigers Go ... God Blesss You ....

  • Karrar Tariq on April 30, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    IMRAN KHAN was the best ever captain and he possessed leadership qualities like AFRIDI, Hope Pak repeats this 50 over World Cup win!!!

  • abdul qadir on April 23, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    inshALLAH we will repeat this great feat again

    yai mera game hai

  • Waqas Rao on April 21, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Really good article, enjoyed it a lot brought back a lot of memories and pride that we are Pakistani's. I was at that time I think in class 2 and understood cricket completely as played a lot of cricket with my younger brother. I remember after winning I was so happy that my head started spinning and I was breathless. Those were amazing days........

  • janet on April 10, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan and their sports stars. Some more blogs posted on different sites like www.dozensports.com have the posts regarding their victory.

  • jabbar on April 9, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    well done

  • Sayed Hussain on July 20, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Great Article! I was a 9 year old boy living in London, This article sends shivers up my spine untill today!!!! thank you Saad Bhai

  • Vikas_indian on May 13, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Hi, this is one of the best article i have read in this site..felt as if i waz in karanchi and was living the life, the writer did! kudos to writer..i was somwhere around 8 yr old at that time,but i remember my dad watching the match and supporting pakistan team very much(they are his second fav,obviously after India) well,seems like it would have been a dream come true to a pakistani fan..i am also a fan of that paki team with so many greats..we need a strong pak team in world cricket, they bring the x factor in it.. Miss those great days!

  • Dr.sohail on May 11, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    dr sahib!u just left your hectic residency job and came here all way long north carolina, thats really amazing!!

  • CricFan on May 5, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    That is the best pakistani team pakistan ever had. However I would say 1983 worldcup won by India is the most historic event until now. I am by no means downplaying the pakistan's acheivement here. I am also reminding u of another historic event of similar, if not better, achievement. India entered the world cup as minors (not favorites). But they surprised every one on their way to winning the world cup. Such acheivements will not go away from memory. Can u imagine beating mighty westindies in finals in those days?

  • Maliks on April 30, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    IMRAN KHAN was the best ever captain and he possessed leadership qualities like AFRIDI, Hope Pak repeats this 50 over World Cup win!!!

    I really like this Commnt ... Go Green Tigers Go ... God Blesss You ....

  • Karrar Tariq on April 30, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    IMRAN KHAN was the best ever captain and he possessed leadership qualities like AFRIDI, Hope Pak repeats this 50 over World Cup win!!!

  • abdul qadir on April 23, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    inshALLAH we will repeat this great feat again

    yai mera game hai

  • Waqas Rao on April 21, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Really good article, enjoyed it a lot brought back a lot of memories and pride that we are Pakistani's. I was at that time I think in class 2 and understood cricket completely as played a lot of cricket with my younger brother. I remember after winning I was so happy that my head started spinning and I was breathless. Those were amazing days........

  • janet on April 10, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan and their sports stars. Some more blogs posted on different sites like www.dozensports.com have the posts regarding their victory.

  • jabbar on April 9, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    well done

  • Dr. Aamir Yousafzai on April 8, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    A great article to read and cherish the memories of 1992 world cup. I was a school boy but i still remember every match of it mostly the important ones. It was unbelieveable recovery and then win. Imran is a true leader and he showed it to the world. The team had a believe in him and they delivered. If you remember he took the step by coming early in the final innings despite a sore shoulder and being a bowler/all rounder. He had a commitment and motive in his mind and that worked for him. I dont know if current team has any thing like that. I still wish them good luck. Regards Dr.Aamir

  • Omkar on April 8, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Great article. i remember i was in 3rd standard and had come running back from school. India was eliminated and the sub continent hopes were with pakistan. Wasim Akram bowled those dream deliveries but i was sure pakistan would win after imran and javed miandads stand. they seem destined to win. great match and a great world cup. Wish th pakis get their act together very soon. world cricket without their wonderful presence isnt much fun.

  • waterbuffalo on April 8, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    It was Australia beating the Windies that got Pakistan into the semis. Try to get it right next time.

  • Uday on April 7, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    perhaps the biggest moment in pakistan cricketing history given by legendary Imran Khan. I was five then not much i remember, inzy's innings , jonty's spectacular run out , Imran's allround few stuck into memory listening 1992 WC.

  • Jonathan on April 7, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    All this talk about chance and Aus beating WI, Zim beating Eng in the last few games, but actually Pakistan's progression depended on every point they had, even the completely unearned no result after the rain washed away the slender total of 75 against England. Such is life...

  • Naveed Malik on April 5, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    After reading the article it reminded me of the days when this all happened. I was a young teenager in Islamabad. After watching the match we all took onto the streets, cars were honking, music was blasting, people were dancing on the street and for a moment it felt like everything was awesome! Thank you team 92' for giving us all the moment of pure joy!

  • kamran on April 5, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Pakistan's hopes depended on Australia beating the West Indies and not Zimbabwe beating England. Some interesting bits: Whenever Qadir played, the Lahore-Karachi issue was brought up by the Karachi press. Imran basically believed in leg-spinners. Pakistan's front-line spinner for the season had been Lahore' off-spinner Akram Raza. Imran dropped him to include Karachi's Iqbal Sikander for the World Cup. During one of the side games, when a youngerster called Darren Lehmann came in to bat (remember him?), Pakistan immediately had two gullies - Imran's Pakistan knew he loved to cut. Imran would routinely open with two to three slips for his fast bowlers - seriously aggressive stuff. Madness in today's world of dead wickets and armoured batsmen. Aamir Sohail once said that Imran had told him that he'll play him in all the games and even if he got 9 ducks, he'll play the final - tells you about Imran's class and the belief he had.

  • Asad Khan on April 5, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Saad great article, How are you?I was one of the residents at AKU when you were a student there. I watched this match in Doctor's Mess in a UK Hospital, sitting amongst all "English" audience.I was the only pakistani in that room. At the end of the match I was the only person left in the room. I cannot tell you how elated I felt. Pakistan cricket needs stalwarts like Imran, Miandad and Inzimam.

  • Waqas Ahmed on April 4, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    I was just 7 at that time but it still sounds but it is still so fresh in my memories. Indeed the greatest glory the nation ever witnessed.

  • hasan on April 4, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    lets be honest...Pakistan were lucky! Not often it happens in World cups of any sport that your progress in the tournament is depending upon unexpected results of other teams. We could have so easily be out of the tournament in the round robin. We were dam lucky as all the cards came down right, not becauz of our efforts but something else which cant be explained. The members of the World Cup winning Pak Team will be the first to admit that they by far, throughout the tournament, were not the best team. It was only in the last few matches where you could see thier fire but other than that, it was very ordinary.

  • sameer on April 4, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    it just feels like yesterday. i was in my 10th grade and was attending school at the time of match. but our restlessness forced our school management to put a huge tv in school auditorim and alomst the whole schhol watched the match live . it was such a great experience. Inzi making some 60 odd in just 30 odd balls. Man we enjoyed it like anything.

  • Zain Sattar on April 1, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    only if could get an other Captan like IMRAN KHAN in the pakistani team now =(

  • ROHAIL KHAN on April 1, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    InshahALLAH we pakistanis will rise again and world will see the glourious time once again. LONG LIVE PAKISTAN

  • Nabill Iqbal on April 1, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    What a classy post. The memories just flooded back in my mind like it was just yesterday. I was 8 at that time when the World Cup happened but still I remember it ball by ball. The two magic deliveries from the Sultan of Swing, the great counter-attack innings from Inzimam, the running low catch of Aqib to dismiss Gooch, Mushi foxing Hick with a nice googly, and most of all the players doing Sajda after winning the World Cup. What a site that was.

  • Janian on March 31, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Don't foget that Pakistan won the world cup only by chance..Had not Australia defeated W.I or Zimbabwe would not had scored 140 , Pakistan was almost out...But yes We do believe ..Fortune favours the braves only...

  • Mukesh on March 31, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Amazing piece of work!! It sounds miraculous...I was very young that time and not a very cricket frenzy and honestly i dont remember anything from that period but when i read it now it sounds beautiful...good work Mr. Shafqat

  • Mike Borchardt on March 30, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Very nice article, I am a South African supporter with my second team being Pakistan. I am always amazed at the raw cricketing talent that comes out of Pakistan. Fast bowlers, wrist spinners awesome batsmen the whole spectrum just seems to be always coming out of an apparently disorganized domestic game. I for one eagerly await the day that Pakistan just gets their whole act together and takes its rightful place as one of the super powers of cricket. Cricket needs a healthy Pakistan. Come on Pakistan, be of good cheer we love your passion and support you.

  • Pushkar on March 29, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Great article. Wish I get a chance to visit India next year to see India winning the World Cup and perhaps write a similar article 10 years down the line. Hope my adviser allows me to :)

  • Hashim N. Malik on March 27, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Pakistan's fate was dependent on Oz beating the Windies for the latter had 8 points before the game against the hosts..

  • Hassan on March 27, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    great memories !!! I lost hope in the semis because Imran and Miandad took it too far from comfort zone and it was getting difficult for themselves too. Imran got out trying to score quickly and Miandad was also trying to score quickly but unsuccessfully and then came out the man who in my view is the best ever batsman produced from Pakistani soil " Inzamam ".... A TRUE MATCH WINNER on his own. there have been many players who hold the innings together but when the time comes to score quick runs have to rely on others. Inzamam was different he was full of strokes and yet reliable with the ability to keep his head UNDER pressure and that sets him apart. Thanks Inzi for serving Pakistan cricket like no one did ............

  • Ammar Ashraf on March 27, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Great article it brings back so so many happy memories! I was 19 at the time and had acquired a small radio so i could hear the match at work. The reception was really bad, however, had to tape the radio to a shelf on the confectionery aisle. I stood for 3.5 hours at the same place listening to Pakistan overcome England in the final. I even had my Pakistan cricket top on and even to this day I believe I was the first person in Glasgow, Scotland to wear this bright lime shirt. I was concerned that Fairbrother could take England all the way but once he was out i knew we could do it and we did! Sack the BOARD not the PLAYERS! Long live Pakistan Cricket!

  • Muhammad Adnan on March 27, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Great article,but its now past .......What about the "Future"

  • Shahzad Tirmizi on March 27, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Nice article & Pakistani fans want to see their team winning World Cup once again. Though Younis Khan & team won T20 World Cup but we are still waiting for a captain as good as the great Imran Khan.

  • Yasar on March 27, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Suhail Khan is correct in his observation. Pakistan must that Winston Benjamin for running out Brian Lara which resulted in WI losing to Australia and a passage for Pakistan to enter the semi-final stage.

  • Junaid on March 27, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Yes. That's nostalgic. Extremely nostalgic, particularly in the present times when Pakistan's cricket is in tatters. I for one still believe that Pakistan is the most talented cricket team on the planet. Yet the most indisciplined one. Let's hope that they come out of their recent troubles and come out as a unit. I promise you they would be unbeatable, but the big question is: Will they unite.

  • sajjad on March 27, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    I am delighted to hear from Miandad “No, you fool, The score was 24 for 2. I was defending my wicket. There was no room in my head for anything else.” It is destiny which someone gets, if he give his best.

  • Prahlad on March 27, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    Great article! I was 10 at the time, and this brings back some fond memories of Akram, Mushtaq Ahmed, and even Aquib Javed playing so well.

  • Shahid on March 27, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    Yes those were the wonderfull years of Pakistan cricket. There were so many big names, Imran, miandad, Malik, Ramiz, Wasim, Waqar, Mushtaq and some more just before them, the likes of Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Asif Iqbal and the Mohammads. Even if they had their internal differences, they still had a superstar status. World cup was a fitting reward as they were the only team who always would stand up to the might of WI. I still remember watching those wonderfull innings of Inzimam and heart-breaking bowling by Akram.

  • MUHAMMAD NAEEM on March 26, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    WE PROUD ON THAT TEAM, STILL FRESH THE GOLDEN MEMORIES. HOPE WL C PAKISTAN VICTOURIOUS AGAIN.

  • Muhammad Noman on March 26, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I believe Pakistan's progress to semi final depended on Australia beating West Indies and not Zimbabwe beating England as mentioned above.

  • Muhammad Noman on March 26, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    I believe Pakistan's progress to semi final depended on Australia beating West Indies and not Zimbabwe beating England as mentioned above.

  • JWT on March 26, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    That was a magical day for PAK cricket...Once we had lions like Imran/Miandad/Wasim now we have snakes and back-stabbers running the team and playing for it (Mr Shoaib malik ). Even the world T20 win in England was a great day only for it to prove a false dawn as our only credible leader (Younis) was removed and banned. But us fans still persevere and support you PAK...If only we had the infrastructure and professional administration of the PCB, we have the talent to be unstoppable in all forms of the game....instead sifarishy players enter the team and the rot continues.

  • nain tara on March 26, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Great article ! I really like it . Wen u start reading it u really want to finish it till the end . hah dose golden days of pakistan cricket .... miss dem a lot . I wish n hope anothr imran khan comes n change the fate of pak cricket . It so worse now , evri thng z ruined , hard work of miandad n imran has been swept away with water . But i hope it can stand again . Any waz gud article n keep it up

  • Anees Razzak on March 26, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    great article! lets hope such glory days can be repeated such that we can reproduce warriors in the form of imran khan and talents like wasim, waqar and inzi! Its sad that T20 has taken over because in my opinion, 50 over matches were the best!

  • Hassan Farooqi on March 26, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    The photo is quite symbolic. You see "him" holding the cup, no team members nor any Pakistani flag visible. You can hear him say it was "his" achievement (not team's, not country's) because of "his" dream (and probably "his" efforts"). It was all about him (still is), not about the team and country. Your caption should have been, "Imran's moment of glory".

  • Syed on March 26, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Magical moment...

  • Syed Hadi Abbas Rizvi on March 26, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    I m based in London now time has changed since 1992 but the passion to support your nation is still the same.

    This is one of the best blog about love and passion of cricket I have come across. I salute those countrymen who love their country success with so much intensity and passion.

    The moment of 1992 world cup would never be forget. I was just 13 years old at that time now I am 31 and I am witnessed of both the great win by our PAKISTANI team one in 1992 and other in 2009. Both the wins are very dear to me because in first win I was in Pakistan an second win I was in London the place which allowed KING OF CRICKET to get back their crown.

    Hope we will see some more glory this year INSHALLAH.

  • Syed Hadi Abbas Rizvi on March 26, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    I m based in London now time has changed since 1992 but the passion to support your nation is still the same.

    This is one of the best blog about love and passion of cricket I have come across. I salute those countrymen who love their country success with so much intensity and passion.

    The moment of 1992 world cup would never be forget. I was just 13 years old at that time now I am 31 and I am witnessed of both the great win by our PAKISTANI team one in 1992 and other in 2009. Both the wins are very dear to me because in first win I was in Pakistan an second win I was in London the place which allowed KING OF CRICKET to get back their crown.

    Hope we will see some more glory this year INSHALLAH.

  • muhammad bilal javaid on March 26, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    very nice , i expect more from u.

  • shafiq on March 26, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    it was yesterday, i was just 12, just in 7th class final examination, how can i forget, waking up at 3am and start praying for Pakistan till, last ball of the wc. It was a once in a life story. Those two balls, Ah only God knows the, created stir in the nation. Only God knows the feeling when Javed embraced Imran, every jelled from Karachi to Khyber.... Only God knows what we felt, when the Great Khan lifted the trophy...! The music still lifts the nation.

  • Shayan on March 26, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Nice article. There is a correction required, Pakistan's semi final place did'nt depend on the match you mentioned. It depended on the match played between Australia and West Indies and Pakistan's entry in semi finals depended on Australia beating the West Indies which they did coutesy Brian Lara getting run out at a crucial time. Regards.

  • Ashok Sridharan on March 26, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Fantastic article Mr. Shafqat, thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I imagine '92 must have been a fantastic time to be a Pakistani fan.

    While I Can't honestly claim to remember the 92 world cup, much less the finals, I still remember the countless unplayable deliveries Akram and Waqar produced seemingly at will in the 90s. Pity there are none like them around anymore!

  • Atif on March 26, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Golden Moments!!!

    Insha-Allah we pakistanis will rise again. The 'Cornered Tigers' spirit is required.

  • Yasir Hasan on March 26, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Sweetest memory in otherwise troubled Pakistani history...

  • Samad on March 26, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    That final was truly a blur. You describe it beautifully! ahh the good ol' days.

  • S.R.KHAN on March 25, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    I GOT GOOSBUMPS READING THIS ARTICLE. I REMEBER I WAS IN 9TH GRADE AND STAYED UP AL NIGHT TO WATCH THIS MATCH IN VIRGINIA, USA. SURELY THE GOLDEN TIME FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET. I DOUBT ANY PAKISTANI WILL EVER FORGET THE JOY WE FELT THAT DAY. I CHERISH THAT WORLD CUP VICOTRY EVEN MORE TODAY BECAUSE OF OUR CURRENT CRICKET ENVIRONMENT. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

  • gudu1 on March 25, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Imran was the best captain Pakistan has ever had. The way he bated in the final was the key in winning this final. I could see even Miandad was very very nervous. But Imran Khan played an inning which set up the great victory for Pakistan. Waeem's bowling was also an important factor in getting England all out.

  • Rizwan Younus on March 25, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Salam Namaste to all brothers and sisters. Thankyou very much saad wow what memories imran hitting illingworth way into the crowd over long on for 6! inzamam walking down the pitch and hitting botham through square leg like he was nothing, Wasim coming in at the death overs and hitting it all over the MCG. Mushy leaving hick clueless with a googly, Gooch being brilliantly caught by aaqib at deep square leg and of course the two greatest deliveries of all time by the left arm of god. What brilliance. Khuda Hafiz.

  • Shahab on March 25, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    I remember running home to watch the end part of the semi after finishing my paper in 1hr.i was in class2 and all thru the exam,i was thinking abt chasing 260+

  • Rushdi Shams on March 25, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Very well written. I became a fan of Pakistan cricket since their lift. However, "Pakistan’s entry into the semi-finals depended on Zimbabwe defending 140-odd against England, which miraculously they did."- I think Pakistan's chance to reach to the semis depended on the match between Australia and West Indies. Wasn't it? England already reached the semis, so I think they did nothing to with their loss to Zimbabwe. Pakistan's competitor was West Indies who lost to Australia (and Aussies were out of the tournament before this match).

  • naqeeb alvi on March 25, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    i cant forget this moment i was just 7 year old and i m big fan of pakistan cricket team specially imran khan and wasim akram 2 amzing bowl bowled by akram to lewis and lamb and inning of imran and javed it was holy month of ramdan .i prayed lot for pakistan team . i belive pakistan won 1992 world cup because of prayer they were not playing good cricket ,the match against england saved by rain help him in winning world cup .

  • Suhail Khan on March 25, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    I was just 15 at that time but still remember following info to be incorrect "Pakistan’s entry into the semi-finals depended on Zimbabwe defending 140-odd against England". Pakistan's entry into semi-finals depended upon West-Indies beating Australia, which they did. WI and AU ended with 8 points each and Pak ended with 9 points.

  • AmmarB on March 25, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    What a day, so many memories, Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Himayun Mirza on March 25, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    This takes back several decades. Cricket news was not easy to get in the US. In particular it reminds me of a poetry recital in Boston in early 80's. There was a great poet Iftikhar Arif, who had been an icon on general knowledge program on Pak TV. He was on a tour of the US & during the break he asked me, "What do you do in your spare time?" I replied; try to keep myself informed about the current affairs. Being a cricket fan, he asked me about the result of the first test between Australia and Pakistan in Pakistan. I told him that Pakistan has won and the score in the second test till today is this! This indicates the extent to which people were deprived of the cricket news in USA. I distinctly remember a Sunday morning; I was watching a local Indian program on Boston TV. I called them and told them, do you know it is a great day for India, they are the world champ. She announced it right away with pride. I do remember my SW radio by my bedside. Since 1980 and being connected. The good old set still there & I use it almost daily!

  • Farrukh on March 25, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Well i hope to see again Pakistan at No 1 in world Cricket. Best of Luck to all Pakistani Team

  • Hassan Farooqi on March 25, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Yes I remember the moment. I also remember how Imran Khan used the word "I" instead of "we" declaring the world cup his personal victory due to his personal efforts. 18 years later, he is still full of himself and it is always about him. No wonder he is the only known leader of his party :)

  • Bilal on March 25, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Loved miandad's response :D

  • sony on March 25, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    lots of thanks u r realy great than

  • Shahnawaz Ali on March 25, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    lmao!! Javed bhai's comment is great!! Very good piece of work ... brings back fond memories of pride and elation i'm too young to remember the victory, the match all i remember is everyone jumping around with joy and wasim celebrating after the two wickets!! Long live Pakistan Cricket!!

  • Shahnawaz Ali on March 25, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    lmao!! Javed bhai's comment is great!! Very good piece of work ... brings back fond memories of pride and elation i'm too young to remember the victory, the match all i remember is everyone jumping around with joy and wasim celebrating after the two wickets!! Long live Pakistan Cricket!!

  • Ayaz Hyder on March 25, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Great story. I was a 7 year old kid living in Karachi at that time. We had a family gathering for the Finals. I remember having a Math exam scheduled for the next morning.

    I remember going out and buying and buying a shirt that said "Thank You Australia" after they defeated West Indies in pool play and gave Pakistan a chance to advance.

    What a great time. What great memories.

  • Gohar on March 25, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    What moment that was!! I remember those days!! i was 9 at that time and we all felows rushed to home during break to witness the great Inzimam. We didn't belive what he has done for Pakistan Cricket. Than the great final..and two mind-boggling deliveries by wasim. All these memories were about to fade.. untill BOOM BOOM struck twice in T20 SemiFinal and we were on Road to glory again..... Long Live Pakistan Long Live Pakistan Cricket

  • Abdullah AbdulRaheem on March 25, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Saad am I the only one who sees the irony in you--a Muslim--thinking back about how you prayed in Ramadan, and then using the terms "gods of cricket"? What happened to "there is no god except Allah", the fundamental basis of Islam? Tsk

    That said, the ending to this article was hilarious. InshaAllah Pakistan can go back to the good years

  • Tariq Sardar on March 25, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Your description of the 1992 world cup have taken me back to the golden era of Pak cricket. I was living in Dallas Texas, where we went through more or less the same experiences.We we were lucky, a local Indian motel owner had a satellite dish and he forced us to rent a room (business is business). Whenever a wicket fell, you could hear the hotel shaking with cheers. Those two deliveries of Waseem Akram, when he clean bowled Alan Lamb & Lewis are still fresh and no one ever came close to matching them. Shuaib Akhtar came close, when he bowled two of India's best batsman Dravid & Sachin in Calcutta. Let's hope there are more moments like that.

  • Omer on March 25, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    the blog is good and make you relish the past but the real thing is in the last paragraph, the conversation between Saad And Miandad. A beautiful ending. CHEERS

  • mcphisto on March 25, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    nostalgia ! love love love this blogpost Dr sahab !

  • AminZ on March 25, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Great article. It brings back so many good memories. What a time that was. We touched another (rather small) peak last year with the T20 World Cup. Pak Cricket is in turmoil since then. But lets see what magic does Afridi and his boys can show in the Caribbeans this year.

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  • AminZ on March 25, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Great article. It brings back so many good memories. What a time that was. We touched another (rather small) peak last year with the T20 World Cup. Pak Cricket is in turmoil since then. But lets see what magic does Afridi and his boys can show in the Caribbeans this year.

  • mcphisto on March 25, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    nostalgia ! love love love this blogpost Dr sahab !

  • Omer on March 25, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    the blog is good and make you relish the past but the real thing is in the last paragraph, the conversation between Saad And Miandad. A beautiful ending. CHEERS

  • Tariq Sardar on March 25, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Your description of the 1992 world cup have taken me back to the golden era of Pak cricket. I was living in Dallas Texas, where we went through more or less the same experiences.We we were lucky, a local Indian motel owner had a satellite dish and he forced us to rent a room (business is business). Whenever a wicket fell, you could hear the hotel shaking with cheers. Those two deliveries of Waseem Akram, when he clean bowled Alan Lamb & Lewis are still fresh and no one ever came close to matching them. Shuaib Akhtar came close, when he bowled two of India's best batsman Dravid & Sachin in Calcutta. Let's hope there are more moments like that.

  • Abdullah AbdulRaheem on March 25, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Saad am I the only one who sees the irony in you--a Muslim--thinking back about how you prayed in Ramadan, and then using the terms "gods of cricket"? What happened to "there is no god except Allah", the fundamental basis of Islam? Tsk

    That said, the ending to this article was hilarious. InshaAllah Pakistan can go back to the good years

  • Gohar on March 25, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    What moment that was!! I remember those days!! i was 9 at that time and we all felows rushed to home during break to witness the great Inzimam. We didn't belive what he has done for Pakistan Cricket. Than the great final..and two mind-boggling deliveries by wasim. All these memories were about to fade.. untill BOOM BOOM struck twice in T20 SemiFinal and we were on Road to glory again..... Long Live Pakistan Long Live Pakistan Cricket

  • Ayaz Hyder on March 25, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Great story. I was a 7 year old kid living in Karachi at that time. We had a family gathering for the Finals. I remember having a Math exam scheduled for the next morning.

    I remember going out and buying and buying a shirt that said "Thank You Australia" after they defeated West Indies in pool play and gave Pakistan a chance to advance.

    What a great time. What great memories.

  • Shahnawaz Ali on March 25, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    lmao!! Javed bhai's comment is great!! Very good piece of work ... brings back fond memories of pride and elation i'm too young to remember the victory, the match all i remember is everyone jumping around with joy and wasim celebrating after the two wickets!! Long live Pakistan Cricket!!

  • Shahnawaz Ali on March 25, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    lmao!! Javed bhai's comment is great!! Very good piece of work ... brings back fond memories of pride and elation i'm too young to remember the victory, the match all i remember is everyone jumping around with joy and wasim celebrating after the two wickets!! Long live Pakistan Cricket!!

  • sony on March 25, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    lots of thanks u r realy great than