BIRMINGHAM (Liberal Tribune): Twenty-seven years and an age group apart. Pakistan’s World Cup stands outstanding similarities between 1992 and 2019 — when they began slowly but ended up having the trophy in Melbourne.
An identical chain of wins and losses. And other eerie parallels, have struck a chord with millions of admirers who consider that Pakistan could be set to come out on top once more.
Similarities between 1992 and 2019 World Cup:
In both World Cups, Pakistan began with a one-sided beat to the West Indies. Before getting better to win their second game next to Zimbabwe in 1992, and England this time about.
At both contests, their third match was rained off. They then went on to drop their next two matches and win the next two, similarities between 1992 and 2019.
Not only that, but the last win in both series was next to New Zealand, who were unbeaten in mutually 1992 and 2019 until they ran into Pakistan.
“It was same, the similar sequence of outcomes, points and then we wished for Australia to hit the West Indies for us to qualify,” said well-known fast bowler Wasim Akram, who played for Pakistan in 1992.
“Then also we hit New Zealand — who was unbeaten then too. A lot of similarities between 1992 and 2019. I hope the end outcome is also related now and we win the World Cup,” said Wasim, now a TV commentator.
In other similarities between 1992 and 2019, Wasim was the most important wicket-taker in 1992 with 18 and an extra Pakistan left-arm pacer.
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Mohammad Amir is next on the bowler’s chart with 16 so far “I am not confident if players are following all these (consideration) but this should inspire them,” said Wasim. Except for Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed played down any similar with 1992.
“That’s the past but after we won next to New Zealand. Someone notified me that even in 1992 we chased down New Zealand’s goal with five balls to spare,” said Sarfaraz, whose players reached their 238-run aim in 49.1 overs on Wednesday.