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    Ten years since that victory

    It's been 10 years since that memorable victory at the MCG. well the tenth anniversary was on march 25th. and the following article is very interesting and its like as if yesterday Pakistan won the world cup. What was that song which was for the '92 world cup. "We will rule the world??" Somebody help out plese.

    That particular delivery of Wasim Akram to Chris Lewis was just MESMERISING. http://www.dawn.com/weekly/dmag/dmag15.htm

    Pakistan Cricket Board will celebrate tenth anniversary of the '92 World Cup victory with a dinner on March 30, 2002. Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board, Lt. Gen Tauqir Zia has also announced that the occasion will also be used to motivate the current national team for the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. PCB will be also planning a match between the 1992 winning team and the present Pakistani squad.

    Even though it has been a decade and two more World Cups have passed since that glourious evening in Melbourne, the memory of that victory still remains fresh in our minds. In the following lines we retrace memorary lane and recall that memorable victory and what it meant for those who made it possible.

    Cricket's World Cup had grown larger and more spectacular. The event, jointly staged in Australia (25 matches) and New Zealand (14 matches) in 1992, featured, for the first time, all eight Test playing nations, with minnows Zimbabwe, then a non-Test playing nation being the ninth. The final was the 39th match. The previous World Cup in 1987 (Pakistan and India) had hosted 27 matches.

    The fifth World Cup was the first to be played in coloured clothing with a white ball with some games under floodlights. It was generally considered to have been the fairest with each side playing all the others once before the top four in the qualifying table played off in the semifinals. Lasting 33 days the tournament was nevertheless had its controversies and was especially marred by the controversial rules governing rain-interrupted matches.

    Pakistan won the World Cup for the first time by beating England (their third appearance in the finals) by 22 runs in Melbourne, before a record crowd of 87,182 in the ground and a global television audience exceeding over a billion in 29 countries.

    Imran Khan, the captain, in his 40th year declared the victory as his finest hour as he sported the Waterford Crystal Trophy. This accomplished all-rounder, who top scored in the final with a measured 72, had urged his young team on through times when it seemed that qualification for the semifinals was out of the question. He dedicated the victory to the cause of his cancer hospital in Lahore. He and Javed Miandad were and still are the only players to have played in five World Cups.

    The tournament was also South Africa's first World Cup. The competition saw a number of new faces. Hudson, Snell and Pringle from South Africa, Lara from West Indies, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed and Aamer Sohail from Pakistan all made their. There were also moments of electrifying fielding. Jonty Rhode's flying run out to dismiss Inzamam-ul-Haq at Brisbane was memorable. Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More's back-flick to run out Martin Crowe at Dunedin may well have been the most extraordinary dismissal of all. Allan Border's accuracy was never in question when he ran out Mohammad Azharuddin at Brisbane. Nor will the stumping of Chris Harris from Mushtaq Ahmed's wide, or the knocking down of Ian Botham's middle-stump (which contained the miniature TV camera) by Brain McMillan will be forgotten eaisly. Ian Healy's spectacular work behind the wicket, Mushtaq's googly to defeat Hick and Wasim Akram's wicked in-swinger to bowl Lewis in the final all were part and parcel of a wonderful tournament.

    Previously, as in 1987, neither host nation had made it through to the final. Stunned in 1987 by their loss to Australia in the semifinal at Lahore, Pakistan somehow lifted themselves in the 1992 tournament after having won only one of their first five matches. Handicapped by the absence, through injury, of their strike bowler, Waqar Younis, they were encouraged on by their rarefied captain.

    Opener Rameez Raja, fast bowler Wasim Akram and Aaqib Javed, plus Imran Khan and Javed Miandad, excelled in their specialist roles. Among the relative newcomers, opener Aamer Sohail, middle-order Inzamam-ul-Haq, wicketkeeper Moin Khan and leg-break bowler Mushtaq Ahmed showed tremendous application and determination and played prominent roles in the Pakistan's glorious victory.

    Pakistan earned a place in a World cup final for the first time following an uphill victory over table-topping New Zealand, whom they had beaten with some comfort at Christchurch three days earlier. Their target was a tall 263. When they were 154 for 4 and still 109 runs from victory with only 13 overs left, the prize seemed lost. As it turned out, it was 22-year Inzamam-ul-Haq who help win the match. His priceless 60 came from a mere 37 balls, with one six and seven fours. His half-century arrived from only 31 balls.

    The final turned out to be the most important day in Pakistan cricket's history. The scene was the vast, historic arena of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, five times-zones away from Pakistan. At about 5.15 pm PST, Pakistan skipper Imran Khan crowned himself and his team with ultimate glory in limited overs cricket. Rameez Raja ran in towards deep mid-off to catch England's last batsman Richard Illingworth, while attempting a lofted shot off Imran himself.

    Players fell to their knees in prayer before embracing each other. The team reserves and Intikhab Alam, the manager, ran from the dressing room. No one could recall the former Surrey leg-spinner sprinting even once throughout his illustrious career but he found the energy to charge out on that memorable March day. In the stands green and white flags were waving. The 22-run victory did not flatter Pakistan and there was no excuse for England.

    After the presentation and the laps of honour Imran, sat down to the press conference. He wore a T-shirt with a raiding tiger picked out in gold thread. It had been the hallmark of team's success.

    A little earlier in the tournament in Brisbane, his team had fallen foul of the rain rule and lost a game they were winning against South Africa. "Morale was rock bottom," he later said, "I simply told them to be just like a cornered tiger with nowhere to go. Just go out an fight. After the World Cup, Imran said "It was, the turning point. Rarely can they have played better, more complete cricket."

    Imran made 72 in the final, the top scorer of the match and Javed 58. There followed another remarkable innings from Inzamam-ul-Haq who topped his 37-ball 60 in the Auckland semifinal with 42 from 35 balls in the final. His first 23 came in 10 deliveries.

    There was also a vicious assault from the Man-of-the-Match Wasim Akram who later also sent three England batsmen back. In his second two-over spell he dismissed Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis - both clean bowled - on consecutive balls. Those two balls changed the course of the match.

    Gooch and Graeme Hick both fell to leg-spin of Mushtaq Ahmed. "We were on the verge of sending him home, he had bowled so badly at the start of the tour," said Imran. But Mushtaq did what was required of him. He had been a tormentor in the World Cup competition and the googly, which suckered Hick.

    Four days later, the World Cup winning heroes returned to a ecstatic welcome in Karachi.




    I WISH THE PAK CRICKET TEAM ADVANCED GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEXT WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA NEXT YEAR. HUMARI DUAYEN UNKAY SAATH HAYN!

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    Pyaar Bhi Zindagi Ki Tarah Hota Hay.
    Hur Mor Asan Nahin Hota, Hur Mor Pay Khushi Nahin Milti;
    Pur Jub Hum Zindagi Ka Saath Nahin Chortay To Pyaar Ka Saath Kyon Chorayn
    "maybe u weren't born to scale mountains, or stop wars, or draw a masterpiece. maybe ur purpose in life is greater than that, you'll touch a heart, make a friend, and give someone so much happiness, u'll feel like u've lived your life." -dewani teri

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    duaein un ke saath hote hain jo sincere hote hain apne watan ke saath...



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      Originally posted by FlameZz:
      duaein un ke saath hote hain jo sincere hote hain apne watan ke saath...

      WELL SAID!! laykin phir bhi......

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      Pyaar Bhi Zindagi Ki Tarah Hota Hay.
      Hur Mor Asan Nahin Hota, Hur Mor Pay Khushi Nahin Milti;
      Pur Jub Hum Zindagi Ka Saath Nahin Chortay To Pyaar Ka Saath Kyon Chorayn
      "maybe u weren't born to scale mountains, or stop wars, or draw a masterpiece. maybe ur purpose in life is greater than that, you'll touch a heart, make a friend, and give someone so much happiness, u'll feel like u've lived your life." -dewani teri

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