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World Cup Nostalgia: When Wasim Akram overshadowed Melbourne sky

Wasim Akram's form in the first part of the 1992 World Cup was patchy.Inspired by skipper Imran Khan to play like “cornered tigers”, Pakistan made a strong comeback to qualify for the semi-final of the

India TV Sports Desk [ Updated: January 13, 2015 10:54 IST ]
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world cup nostalgia when wasim akram overshadowed melbourne sky

Wasim Akram's form in the first part of the 1992 World Cup was patchy.

Inspired by skipper Imran Khan to play like “cornered tigers”, Pakistan made a strong comeback to qualify for the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992. It got past an impressive New Zealand side that was playing on home ground, to reach the final – where England awaited.

 
Boosted by Imran Khan's statement in the media, Akram gathered momentum towards the business end of the tournament and produced one of the best all-round performance in a World Cup final.

Imran Khan was wearing a t-shirt with a tiger's picture on it at the toss and said, “If the boys play like tigers then I don't mind if they win or lose.”

Pakistan lost both openers in the first nine overs, but the veteran pair of Imran, who promoted himself to No.3, and Javed Miandad, laid a solid platform with a stand of 139 runs for the third wicket in 31 overs.

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