Flashback March 25, 2017

Imran's tigers: The story of Pakistan's 1992 triumph

Illustration by Girish TS
It's 25 years since Imran Khan lifted the World Cup in Melbourne. Here's a quick recap of the successful campaign down under
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  • harshthakor on March 27, 2017, 17:50 GMT

    Pakistan ressurected themselves from the grave with the spirit of an army batallion creating one of sport's most dramatic reversals ever.Although England were the more balanced team Pakistan triumphed because they had more match-winners,Imran led in the manner of a military general showing mental resilience ,grit and intensity at it's highest zenith.WasimAkram and Inzamam were the chief catalysts of the triumph with Imran and Javed playing the perfect supporting role.Imran instilled a spirt into Pakistan like few captains ever did enabling Pakistan to pull off a Houdini act.and carve a permanent niche in sport's hall of fame.

  • harshthakor on March 27, 2017, 17:13 GMT

    It was a fitting tribute to Pakistan who were till then the unluckiest side not to win the title .Both in 1975 and 79 they came within touching distance of beating eventual champions West Indies.Man toan they possesses the strongest batting line up in 75 and 79 and were the best team in 1987. No team illustrated the point of peaking at the right time as Pakistan did.What won it was there blending their powerhouse of talent with iron determination .The sem -final was a total reversal of that of 1987.The moral turning point was Inzamam 's 60 In the semi. -final which created a total reversal in the plot.His stand with Javed was like an executioner and architect batting together.The talent and match-winning flair of Pakistan overcame a more professional and balanced English side.

  • cricfan01835720 on March 27, 2017, 11:47 GMT

    Had we won the 1999 WC that would have been my happiest memory of Pakistan's cricket, it was the complete opposite of 1992, where we started poorly and caught fire to win win and win! In 1999 we were hot from Day one but could not sustain it.

  • siddiqimali on March 27, 2017, 6:48 GMT

    @WARLOCK786: The 1992 world cup was the most evenly played world cup as all teams played with others and then the four best played the semi finals. Pakistan won against Zimbabwe, Srilanka, Australia and New Zealand and also got one golden point by virtue of no result with match against England. Pakistan finished 4th after round robin matches and went out to defeat New Zealand and England to lift probably the most popular and celebrated world cup.

  • Warlock786 on March 27, 2017, 6:33 GMT

    After losing 5 games and winning only 3 how can you reach the final, clearly a flawed points system. Also our strongest team was the team of 96. With both wasim and Waqar and a strong abtting lineup. Unfortunate we lost the final to Australia. Pakistan was easily the strongest ODI side then along with the West Indies.

  • cricfan84069930 on March 26, 2017, 21:59 GMT

    Well in 87 javed became keeper saleem yousaf injured mudassar nazar injured before the game miandad dropped a catch however that is also history our haters still remind us of our luck what people remember is pakistan won in 92 and them 2 balls from Akram the rest is history

  • cricfan61646232 on March 26, 2017, 16:29 GMT

    @ KHANLALA your favorite super captain Imran cost two semi finals loses to Pakistan in 1983 and 1987. In 83 he selected Ijaz Faqih and Shahid Mehboob as alrounders when Mudassar and Waseem Raja were already in team. His two proteges Faqih and S Mehboob failed with bat. Bowling resources were so thin even Zaheer and Mohsin bowled 5 overs between them. WI chased Pak total with 8 wickets standing

  • anserazim on March 26, 2017, 16:11 GMT

    Clive and Vivian Richards team and the first two world cups wins is all time best

  • Waqas.Norway on March 26, 2017, 16:07 GMT

    Most memorable & historic World Cup victory in history of cricket. Pakistan came back from a position where all other teams would have gone back home after league matches. People can talk as much as they would like to but the fact is that we won 1992 Cricket World Cup while other 8 participating countries lost.

  • cricfan61646232 on March 26, 2017, 15:59 GMT

    Two much stronger Pakistani teams had lost two world cups in 1983 and 1987 due to his poor captaincy. Specially the 87 semi final against Oz in Lahore where the super captain miscalculated the ability of SR Waugh and bowled out himself, Qadir and Akram. In last over of Saleem Jaffer SR Waugh plundered 18 runs. S Jaffer leaked 57 runs in 6 overs. When Pakistan batted the super captain promoted himself (58 in 84 balls) and Waseem Akram over Ejaz Ahmed the in form batsman. This allowed Tim May and Border to sneak in 10 over at only 60 runs. When Ejaz walked in match was already over due to impossible run rate.