Pak­istan’s Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy win a re­peat of 1992 World Cup

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World - Sid­dharth Vish­wanathan sid­dharth.vish­wanathan

When one looks closely at Pak­istan’s path to vic­tory in the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy 2017 has sim­i­lar­i­ties with how they achieved glory for the first time dur­ing the 1992 World Cup.

In the 1992 World Cup, Pak­istan started their cam­paign badly when they lost their first three games. In the game against Eng­land in Ade­laide, they man­aged to sal­vage one point af­ter be­ing bowled out for 74 af­ter the game was aban­doned due to rain. Pak­istan won their re­main­ing games and even­tu­ally won the ti­tle.

In this tour­na­ment, Pak­istan needed to win all their re­main­ing games af­ter los­ing to In­dia. Rain helped them South Africa as they were ahead of Duck­worth-Lewis method. They beat Sri Lanka and stunned Eng­land in the semi-fi­nal. In the fi­nal, Pak­istan fi­nally broke the jinx against af­ter eight years.

In the 1992 World Cup, New Zealand were un­de­feated in their first seven games. How­ever, in their last league game, they lost by 7 wick­ets to Pak­istan. In the semi-fi­nal, both teams clashed again and beat New Zealand by four wick­ets to en­ter the fi­nal.

At the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy, Eng­land were the only un­de­feated team in the tour­na­ment. How­ever, Pak­istan pulled off a ma­jor sur­prise as they thrashed the hosts to knock them out.

A close look at Pak­istan’s suc­cess in ma­jor tour­na­ments re­veals that young­sters have led the charge in the team’s ti­tle suc­cess. In the 1992 World Cup, 23-year-old In­za­mam-ul-Haq ssssss­lammed 60 off 37 balls in the semi-fi­nal against New Zealand to help Pak­istan to vic­tory. In the fi­nal, In­za­mam chipped in with a vi­tal 42 off 35 balls to play a big role in Pak­istan clinch­ing the ti­tle.

The Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy 2017 saw the likes of 27-year-old Fakhar Za­man and 23-year-old Hasan Ali pro­pel Pak­istan to vic­tory. Za­man smashed 252 runs at an av­er­age of 63 while Hasan Ali’s 13 wick­ets made him the player of the tour­na­ment. The duo’s ex­ploits were the key to Pak­istan achiev­ing the

ICC treble.

The 1992 World Cup fi­nal is in­com­plete with­out Wasim Akram. With Eng­land on course to get past Pak­istan, Akram pro­duced two magic balls that de­railed Eng­land. He got rid of Al­lan Lamb with a leg-cut­ter while he snapped up Chris Lewis with a de­liv­ery that curled back in late at sharp pace. Those two balls proved to be in­stru­men­tal in Pak­istan win­ning the World Cup. At The Oval, Mo­ham­mad Amir proved to be the equal of Akram. In two overs, he ripped the heart of the In­dian bat­ting line-up. He got Ro­hit Sharma, Vi­rat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. His spell of 6-216-3 had de­liv­ered Pak­istan the ti­tle.

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Fakhar Za­man.

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