The 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand
Pakistan’s Imran Khan and his boys lifted their first World Cup trophy in 1992, the year which also marked the advent of coloured clothes and floodlights in cricket.
With nine teams competing this time, the group stage was converted into the league stage from which four teams, namely New Zealand, Pakistan, England and South Africa moved into the semis.
New Zealand batsmen braved fierce Pakistani bowling attack to put up 262 runs on their board. Pakistan however, had no issues in chasing down the target, thanks to surprise performer Inzamam-ul-Haq. For South Africa, it seemed that destiny had entirely opposite plans. They needed 22 runs off 13 balls when it started raining. As the rain stopped, the revised target needed them to get 21 off one ball. England thus, by default, won the match by 19 runs.
In the final, Pakistan posted a highly competitive 249 against England, thanks to some superb display of cricket by Imran Khan (79), Javed Miandad (58) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (42). Bowlers Wasim Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed defended their target well enough as they claimed three wickets each to help Pakistan win the final by 22 runs and lift their first ever World Cup trophy.
India at 1992 World Cup
This World Cup introduced coloured clothing into the tourney and also did away with the ‘pool’ system. The idea was simple, all teams were to play all others and the best of the lot would go to the semifinals.
It was not that simple for Azhar led Indian line-up as they mustered just two wins, one against arch rivals Pakistan and another one against Zimbabwe. Apart from that, it was one agony after another as New Zealand, Australia, West Indies and South Africa beat India comprehensively.
- India ended the tournament with eight losses and two wins while Pakistan, led by the charming Imran Khan were crowned the new champions.