On this day, Imran Khan led Pakistan to World Cup glory in 1992

  • More than 87,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground witnessed the final match between Pakistan and England
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LAHORE – On March 25th, twenty-six years ago, Pakistan won their first and only 1992 World Cup, defeating England by 22 runs in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Imran Khan-led cornered tigers of Pakistan, who entered the final after registering a four-wicket win over New Zealand in Auckland, opted to bat against Graham Gooch’s England.

Pakistan didn’t have a good start as they lost their openers Aamer Sohail (4) and Rameez Raja (8) in quick succession.

Coming in at No. 3, Imran Khan played a captain’s knock scoring 72 off 110 balls and shared a solid 139-run stand with Javed Miandad (28). Inzamam-ul-Haq too chipped in with 42 off 32 balls and took the team to a respectable total of 249 runs.

For England, Derek Pringle claimed three wickets conceding 22 runs in his allotted 10 overs.

Chasing, Pakistan’s 249, England couldn’t get an impressive start.

Wasim Akram sent Ian Botham for a duck to give his team the first breakthrough.

Akram, who was adjudged man-of-the-match, also dismissed Allan Lamb (31) and Chris Lewis (0) with his violently swinging deliveries

Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed claimed three wickets apiece to limit the England batting line-up to just 227. Pakistan defeated England by 22 runs to lift the coveted title.

More than 87,000 people at the MCG witnessed the final match.

The 1992 World Cup forever changed Pakistan cricket, One Day cricket was already popular but it became even more so after this win. It changed the lives of all those involved. Wasim Akram forever became Wasim Bhai, Imran Khan became ‘immortal’, Inzamam became ‘Inzi’ and Miandad became the ‘saviour’.