January 17, 2011

The 1992 World Cup also known as Benson and Hedges Cup was held from 22 February to 25 March in Australia and New Zealand. It was won by Pakistan who defeated England in the grand finale. The World Cup was the first to feature colored kits, white cricket balls and various matches were played under the flood lights. The teams that entered in the World Cup were: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

Pakistan against all odds picked up the 1992 World Cup Trophy with victory over England in the final. It was a self believed game unleashing all obstacles. The day of celebration was 25th March, 1992 where Pakistan won by 22 runs against England at Melbourne. The stadium was filled with 90,000 in attendance where Imran Khan’s brilliant team players trebled the Englishmen.

The spot light was on the legendary left-arm fast bowler Wasim Akram who had shown his magic with the ball and led himself to be man of the match. He contributed on twin dimensions, batting and bowling. Pakistan had set a target of 249 runs and it Wasim Akram’s big time hitting scoring 33 runs from 19 balls with four boundaries. This had helped Pakistan reach a massive score.

When England came to bat, Wasim Akram presented figures of 49 runs in 10 over s’ with 3 wickets. His victims were Ian Botham, Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis. He removed Lamb and Lewis on consecutive deliveries shaking the foundations of Englishmen.

Wasim Akram has been always remembered for his 502 ODI wickets to his belt being the highest wicket taker. He had played a vital role in 1992 World Cup notching Pakistan with victory. He has been one of the finest captains Pakistani cricket team has received. He is a motivator, a mentor, a coach, a brother and an inspiration for all current Pakistani players and those yet to come.

He had rescued Pakistan with his mastery in reverse swing bowling on many occasions and one of them is the grand finale of 1992 World Cup. Wasim Akram has always been an important source creating pinnacle in Pakistan cricketing history. The high point of his captaincy was the 1996-1997 victory in the World Series Cricket in Australia, and two Test match wins in India in 1999. Later in 1999, he led Pakistan to the brink of victory in the World Cup before they capitulated and were defeated by Australia in the final.

Written by: Sehban Sehti
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