Imran Khan was one the most admirable and truly courageous leader that Pakistan cricket produced and on this very day the team won it’s first world cup in 1992 under his captaincy. Imran inspirational leadership made Pakistan world beaters as they knocked out the mighty England in the final.
Pakistan’s historic final win was a collective efforts which is why it is worthwhile taking a look at some of the cherished moments from the grand final which changed the course of history.
Imran Khan steps it up!
“Cometh the time, cometh the man”
Having won the toss Pakistan opted to bat first but they got off to a sloppy start and were consequently 2 down for 24 runs with the team under some trouble but the captain decided to shoulder the responsibility and carried his team through to a competitive total of 249 runs. He scored 72 runs off 110 balls which provided stability to Pakistan’s middle order. His partnership with Javed Miandad for the third wicket, 139 runs, was instrumental in laying a platform for Pakistan’s famous win.
Inzamam steps on the accelerator
A young and energetic Inzamam-ul-Haq once again stamped his authority with a quick fire knock of 42 runs in just 35 balls and provided Pakistan with the all important impetus towards the back end of the innings. Inzamam had earlier also played a match winning knock in the semifinal against New Zealand to take Pakistan into this final.
The economical Aqib Javed
Aqiab Javed bowled a wonderful spell of 10 overs and conceded just 27 runs and he also picked up two crucial wickets in the context of the game. On a day when every other bowler went for over four runs an over Aqib Javed kept a check on the scoring through this tight and economical bowling.
Wasim Akram’s magical deliveries
Perhaps the finest left arm fast bowler the world has seen and to many he was the greatest fast bowler of all time Wasim Akram did what nobody would have expected as he took two wickets off two balls to turn the tide in the favor of Pakistan because at one stage the 72 runs partnership between AJ Lamb and NH Fairbrother was taking the game away from Pakistan. Those two sparkling deliveries are forever inscribed in the history of Pakistan with golden words.
The fitting end
Imran Khan led a team which was down and out and their progression in the World Cup seemed unlikely but Imran’s captaincy ensured that Pakistan were crowned champions. Fittingly the final wicket of the match was taken by Imran Khan himself which was also went on to be his last ball of his career as he was bound to retire from international cricket after this match.