T20 World Cup 2022, PAK vs ENG: With the Pakistan cricket team led by Babar Azam reaching the final of the T20 World Cup, almost the same stage has been set as it did thirty years ago with the team led by the charismatic captain Imran Khan here. Babar is one step away from matching Imran, who won his country the first global title. In 1992, at the age of 39, Imran made Pakistan the champions of the ODI World Cup by defeating the very strong England team led by Graham Gooch at the same ground in Melbourne with his leadership skills.
Will Babar be able to do wonders like Imran?
Studied at Oxford, Imran’s stature and attitude was quite different from Babar’s but Babar is close to equaling one of the biggest sports heroes of his country. Imran was the ‘captain’ for every player of that team and the team used to obey his every decision. Babar’s status is like that of an ally or brother, who encourages even the players in trouble. On 25 March 1992, when he went to the field with Gooch for the toss, he was wearing a white round neck T-shirt with a picture of a tiger on one corner. In that World Cup also, the Pakistan team was almost out of the tournament but on the basis of luck and then the brilliant game reached the final. After losing three consecutive matches in the group stage, the team was all out for 74 runs in the fourth match.
Pakistan had created history
Chasing the target in this match, when England’s score was 24 for one wicket, it started raining and the match could not start again. Pakistan shared the match points and went on to win the semi-finals and final after winning the next four round robin matches. India and Pakistan faced each other for the first time in this World Cup, in which the team led by Mohammad Azharuddin defeated Pakistan. Similar situations happened with Pakistan in this World Cup as well. The team led by Rohit Sharma defeated Pakistan. After this, the team was almost out of the World Cup due to a loss against Zimbabwe but the team won three matches in a row and earned a ticket to the semi-finals with the defeat of South Africa against the Netherlands.
New Zealand was also defeated in 92
Pakistan had defeated New Zealand in the 1992 World Cup semi-final, so the same thing happened this time. At that time Inzamam-ul-Haq made a mark at the global level, this time it is being done by Mohammad Haris, who was out of the playing XI in the opening matches. Pakistan’s team is a big contender for victory in Sunday’s final. If the 1992 team had a brilliant left-arm bowler like Wasim Akram, then there is Shaheen Shah Afridi in this team. Imran had a clever Javed Miandad, while Babar has such a player in Mohammad Rizwan. That team was a well-educated cricketer in the form of Rameez Raja, so there is Shaan Masood in this team, who has been raised and studied in Britain.
Young fast bowler Naseem Shah can be compared to Aaqib Javed while Shadab Khan is a slightly more all-rounder cricketer than Mushtaq Ahmed. The England team also has strong limited-overs cricketers like Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. They have the ability to turn the tide of the match on their own.
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