Karachi: 1992 World Cup-winning cricketers Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja recalled the fond memories of their journey from nowhere to be crowned as World Champions.
Both cricketers-turned-commentators credited their captain Imran Khan for being a strength for all the players throughout the mega event.
“Imran Bhai led the team from the front. He was confident to win the title which roped in a lot of positivity in the players. And when a leader believes in his players then he also knows how to plan things. The skipper played a big role in our triumph and then obviously every single player who was a part of our squad,” Raja said in a video interview released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on 28th anniversary of 1992 World Cup victory.
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Akram highlighted the performances of Ramiz Raja, who struck a century against New Zealand in a must-win last round match, and Inzamam-ul-Haq, the man-of-the-semi-final. “It was a team effort,” the legendary pacer recalled. “I wouldn’t take anyone’s name prominently as for me everyone contributed to the team’s victory. Yes, I would recognize the role of Imran Bhai and not only me but every player knows how keen he was to win the tournament. To be honest, he inherited a winning approach in each player and in the end we all were equally confident to win the world title,” he maintained.
They both also revealed how the whole team was unaware of the intensity of achieving such an important milestone. “We were excited but didn’t know how big this achievement was. When we reached Lahore and people came in numbers to welcome us then we realized that yes it was something extraordinary,” they recalled. “People still ask us to share those moments when the world cup was in our hands,” Akram added.
It must be noted here that 28 years ago on March 25, Pakistan lifted World Cup at Melbourne Cricket Ground by defeating England in the final by 22 runs.