Game Two: Won
Game Three: Washout
Game Four: Lost
Game Five: Lost
That’s how Pakistan’s efficiency graph appeared like after the first 5 matches of the World Cup in 1992. Anxiety reigned in the camp; the followers have been heartbroken; an exit from the group league appeared imminent. The star-studded team had ready for months for the massive match.
It’s been 28 years since, however Moin Khan nonetheless remembers that meeting with captain Imran Khan, which modified the strategy of the team. From being a sloppy starter, the facet went on to doing the unthinkable — successful the World Cup title for the first-time.
“We began off poorly. After the first few matches, we simply had three factors. Then, we had a meeting with Imran bhai. He gave us some suggestions and requested all the gamers to provide their opinions. Whatever the gamers stated in the meeting, we began following these issues,” Moin instructed Sportstar on Wednesday.
Being a 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman then, it was the first World Cup marketing campaign for Moin. He learnt from his seniors. “The meeting was important because once the players spoke their mind, all of us realised what are the areas we had to work on. At times, a player doesn’t understand where he is going wrong. But for us, things changed thereafter…”
On the morning of March 11, Pakistan defeated Australia by 48 runs. Aamer Sohail top-scored with 76, whereas Aaqib Javed scalped three wickets. “That was the turning level of our marketing campaign. Imran bhai had created a fantastic ambiance in the camp, the place gamers backed one another, gave mandatory inputs. And after the Australia recreation, we didn’t look again…” Moin reminisced.
And with only one convincing win, issues modified dramatically for Pakistan. The gamers appeared assured and there was no room for negativity in the dressing room. “We thought nobody could beat us from hereon and it is this confidence that kept us going. It was a turning point in my career, for all of us,” Moin stated.
For the teen, the spotlight of the match was the semifinal in opposition to New Zealand. In an in depth recreation, Moin performed a breezy knock of 20 off 11 deliveries to information the team dwelling. That’s one reminiscence he nonetheless cherishes.
“I feel I was just lucky to be part of that team. That particular innings in the semifinal was special. I still remember hitting a huge six over the extra-cover off Chris Harris. That was perhaps the biggest thing in my career then,” stated a nostalgic Moin.
In his lengthy and illustrious profession, Moin featured in 69 Tests and 219 ODIs for Pakistan, and even featured in two extra World Cups — in 1996 and 1999.
Even although he was a part of the ‘Immy Army’ — as Imran’s team of 1992 is fondly referred to as — Moin doesn’t take into account it as the greatest ever Pakistan team. “In my opinion, the team which played in 1999 World Cup (under the captaincy of Wasim Akram) was the best. Even the team of 1996 was very good, but my favourite was the one of 1999, where we lost to Australia in the final.”
March 25 stays a big day for Pakistan cricket. It’s been three many years nearly, however nonetheless looks like yesterday.