The 1992 Cricket World Cup holds fond reminiscences for Pakistan cricket followers, when the (Prime Minister) Imran Khan-led “cornered tigers” pulled off an upset over a a lot stronger England aspect, defeating them by 22 runs within the last and profitable the celebrated trophy for the primary (and up to now solely) time.
A lot has been written about Pakistan’s fairytale conquer England over time, with Prime Minister Imran Khan and different Pakistani icons recalling a number of fond reminiscences from the match, which had taken place in New Zealand and Australia.
Nevertheless, a just lately resurfaced Wisden article from six years in the past has make clear the occasions main as much as the World Cup last between the 2 sides in 1992, and an attention-grabbing incident involving PM Imran Khan caught our eye.
In 2015, John Stern, the present editor-at-large of the Wisden Cricket Month-to-month, wrote a bit for All Out Cricket, telling the within the story of England’s marketing campaign by way of interviews with England’s 1992 World Cup squads three members of — Alec Stewart, Graham Gooch and Derek Pringle — in addition to journalist David Lloyd.
The article describes a pre-final formal dinner for each side, which apparently went effectively till a comic, Gerry Connelly, took the stage and began poking enjoyable on the British Queen.
England batting icon Graham Gooch recalled the dinner: “The Pakistanis had been sporting their conventional gown and it was all very grand”.
“Then out of the blue, this comic got here on and began to take the mick out of the Queen. Ian [Botham] and I felt it was out of order,” Gooch recalled. “So we simply acquired up and mentioned to [coach] Micky Stewart, “Sorry we’re out of right here”.”
It was then that — in response to Pringle — the Pakistan cricket captain on the time, Imran Khan, quipped to his crew; “Look, it’s solely the colonials left”.
The jibe was a reference to England’s political historical past and the truth that many within the England aspect weren’t initially from the nation.
“There have been seven or eight of us who weren’t born in England,” recalled Pringle within the interview.
The subsequent day, the whole nation celebrated Pakistan’s sole world cup triumph, when the inexperienced shirts — Imran Khan’s “cornered tigers” — beat England by 22 runs.
Wasim Akram was the decision of the Pakistani bowlers, choosing up three wickets from his 10 overs, gifting away 49 runs. Mushtaq Ahmad additionally took three wickets, whereas Aqib Javed chipped in for the Pakistani bowling aspect as effectively, taking two scalps.
Chasing Pakistan’s 250-run goal, England was skittled out for 227 runs.