The 1992 World Cup comes to Pakistan, and captain Imran Khan holds the trophy as he makes his victory speech after his team won the final of the cricket World Cup on Wednesday in Melbourne. Pakistan beat England by 22 runs. On March 25, 1992, Pakistan won the World Cup against England by 22 runs at MCG and bathed in glory by doing a lap of honor in front of a record 87,182 crowd, which gave them a standing ovation, and deservedly so.
It was for Pakistan a glorious and memorable moment. Tears of joy flowed not only from the eyes of the players but also from their avid fans, who had come to cheer them on in hundreds. It was a sight to behold and a moment to cherish. More than the $50,000 prize money, it was the satisfaction and pride of winning the coveted trophy that thrilled them most.
It was a job meticulously planned and thoroughly executed, and for this, Imran Khan and his men deserve all praise. Although defeated in the last three World Cups Having suffered the ignominy of the semifinals, their success here in Melbourne has more than compensated for all the ill luck that Pakistan had to suffer in the previous competitions.
The trophy, made of Waterford Crystal, lofted high in the air. The Pakistan players raced around the ground, cheers echoed, and firecrackers lit the dark sky above the MCG as their faces glowed in triumph in the floodlit night. For the vanquished, it was sad. all over, but they did take it all with magnanimity and praise the victors. There were unforgettable scenes of emotion.
The England players—quite a few of them—could not hide their feelings and wept openly, as did their fans. However, they should have been outplayed in every aspect of the game, and undoubtedly, Pakistan was a better team on the day. fielded superbly and bowled excel. They batted well to make 249 for 6, plenty to demolish England for 227 in the last over, and with four balls to spare.
Although Imran Khan was declared Man of the Match for his 70 and Javed Miandad for his 58, it was three wickets for 49 and 33 runs in 18 balls at a time when Pakistan desperately required runs to boost Wasim Akram, who was their run-rate. Winning the toss mattered a lot for Pakistan, for they not only were able to post a formidable 249 in 50 overs but also were successful in applying pressure on the England batting as they chased the runs.
The entire England team was so disappointed with this defeat, and it was clearly seen in their faces. The jubilation was all over Pakistan.