#OnThisDay: Pakistan Won the 1992 World Cup [Pictures]

The 1992 World Cup was a spectacle for the viewers which epitomized the unpredictability of the tournament.

The tournament was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand and had all the trappings of a modern event; coloured clothing, floodlights, white balls and black sightscreens for the first time in a World Cup.

An inspiring captain motivated by a charitable cause, a team of great potential and good fortune, all came together to make Pakistan the World champions in 1992.

Pakistan made the headlines after a campaign where they were written off in the initial stage of the competition. The Imran Khan-led team made a remarkable comeback to make history.
An image worth a thousand words; Imran Khan lifted the trophy after beating England in the final of 1992 World Cup Final. (Photo: Getty Images)
The tournament had a new format with a then-record 39 matches. Nine teams played each other in the league phase, with the top four advancing to the semi-finals. The first day-night game was played at Perth, where England beat India to begin their march towards the final before finishing runners-up for the second successive time, this time to Pakistan. (Photo: Getty Images)
Pakistan’s recovery from the brink to win the title under inspirational skipper Imran Khan and New Zealand captain Martin Crowe’s shrewd tactics of using off-spinner Dipak Patel in the early overs were among the highlights. (Photo: Getty Images)
Javed Miandad was ordered to rest by the doctors due to his deteriorating health, but the legendary batsman led Pakistan and helped them to a historic win. (Photo: Getty Images)
In the final against England, Imran led from the front, top-scoring with 72 to help his side post 249-6. England then floundered against the leg-spin of Mushtaq Ahmed, who removed Gooch, Graeme Hick and Dermont Reeve. (Photo: Getty Images)
Wasim Akram, during the course of the final match, bowled three magical deliveries which dismissed Lamb, Lewis and Ian Botham. His spell is regarded as one of the best to have ever been bowled in a World Cup. (Photo: Getty Images)
Imran sparked celebrations in his team’s camp by taking the last wicket. (Photo: Getty Images)
With the tournament heading back to the subcontinent in 1996, the win was enough to stage the path for cricket to become an overwhelming favorite sport amongst mass audiences there. (Photo: Getty Images)
The ‘Cornered Tigers’ celebrated an unimaginable win after beating England in England for their first ever World Cup final victory. (Photo: Getty Images)

A Tribute to Pakistan’s Historic Victory


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