After winning the World Cup, India took their first steps to financial world domination of cricket by co-hosting the event. When India and Pakistan made it to the semi-finals, many thought a dream final between the old rivals would be the outcome. Unfortunately for the home fans, it was a face-off between two other old rivals - England and Australia - that came to pass. Allan Border went on to lift the trophy for Australia and kick off an era of Australian domination on the field.
|GA Gooch (Eng)||8||471||115||58.87||70.29|
|DC Boon (Aus)||8||447||93||55.87||76.67|
|GR Marsh (Aus)||8||428||126*||61.14||68.26|
|IVA Richards (WI)||6||391||181||65.16||107.41|
|MW Gatting (Eng)||8||354||60||50.57||95.93|
|CJ McDermott (Aus)||8||18||5/44||18.94||4.67|
|Imran Khan (Pak)||7||17||4/37||13.05||4.45|
|BP Patterson (WI)||6||14||3/31||18.07||4.51|
|Maninder Singh (India)||7||14||3/21||20.00||4.00|
|EE Hemmings (Eng)||6||13||4/52||21.07||4.60|
The sporting Mr Walsh Off the very last ball, with Pakistan needing two to win, Saleem Jaffar, the non-striker, could have been run out after he backed up too far, but in a fine gesture, Courtney Walsh, the bowler, refused to do so and Pakistan were reprieved. They eventually escaped with a thrilling win, as Abdul Qadir squeezed out the remaining runs. The result put West Indies' chances of a semi-final place in jeopardy, though Walsh was deservingly commended for his sportsmanship.
Veletta's unorthodox but effective late-order blitz was instrumental in taking Australia to 253 in the final. He and Allan Border added 10 runs in quick time after Boon's dismissal, Veletta employing sweeps, deflections, quick running and improvisation against the spinners. "The gods were smiling on me," he said later.