New Delhi. India and Pakistan and Cricket World Cup. If it is a rivalry, it is only 29 years old, but when it is mentioned, thousands of rumors also fall short. Imran Khan-Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar-Wasim Akram, Ajay Jadeja-Waqar Younis, Virat Kohli-Babar Azam’s name kept changing, the rumors kept being written, but the results remained the same. Indian stars have beaten Pakistan in every round. This rivalry of Indo-Pak (IND vs PAK) started in 1992 (World Cup 1992). If your mind is also trying to live the exciting moments of this first great match once again, then this story is for you.
The date 4 March 1992. Sydney’s Historic Grounds. The World Cup was going to be an important match between India and Pakistan. The match was day-night, but the stadium started filling up from noon. The toss took place on time and the coin fell in favor of Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Azhar was no surprise captain and decided to bat first as expected so as not to put pressure on the team to chase down the target in this great match, that too in floodlights.
Ajay Jadeja’s brilliant innings
The Indian batting was started by Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Ajay Jadeja. Srikkanth’s batting used to scare the world in those days, but the story inside was that this player had lost his rhythm. Result- Wasim Akram, Aaqib Javed and Imran Khan harassed him a lot. Srikanth was eventually dismissed after scoring five runs but after playing 39 balls. His strike rate was 12..82. It was a matter of comfort that Ajay Jadeja did not let the shadow of Srikkanth fall in his batting, who was playing only the third match of his career. Jadeja played a beautiful innings of 46 runs off 77 balls at the other end. He shared 25 runs with Srikanth and 61 runs with captain Azhar to ensure that Pakistan did not put pressure on India in the opening overs. When he was dismissed as the third batsman, India’s score was 101 runs.
Jadeja handed over the baton to Sachin Tendulkar
Ajay Jadeja (46), Azharuddin (32) and Vinod Kambli (24) kept the Pakistani bowlers craving for wickets. The other side of the coin was that the Pakistani bowlers never allowed the Indians to score runs freely. The situation was that when India lost the fifth wicket in the form of Sanjay Manjrekar in the 40th over, only 148 were recorded in his account. Sachin was scoring runs continuously from one end, but not only the wickets started going from the other end, but the runs were also stopped. It seemed that India would not be able to score even 200 runs.
Sachin-Kapil pair turned the match
When India’s score was 148, when Kapil Dev came to support Sachin Tendulkar. This was the last pair from which India could expect runs and that too fast. Kapil Dev, playing his last World Cup, also did not want to miss this opportunity. He took Sachin playing the first World Cup and added 68 runs in the last 56 balls to take India to 216 runs. Kapil remained unbeaten on 35 off 26 balls. Sachin played an unbeaten and unmatched innings of 56 off 62 balls.
The bowlers made Pakistan chew their noses and gram
Pakistan got the target of 217 runs, which was not big. Big shots don’t come easily on the Sydney ground. In such a situation, Pakistan’s victory went through singles-doubles. Indian bowlers blocked this path. The result was that Pakistani batsmen started looking for big shots and started losing wickets. Kapil Dev, Manoj Prabhakar and Javagal Srinath took two wickets each. Sachin Tendulkar and Venkatapati Raju also bowled well. If we want to choose the three best bowlers of that match, then the names of Prabhakar, Kapil and Srinath will be taken. Prabhakar gave only 22 runs in the spell of 10 overs, then Kapil Dev, losing the first wicket to India, ended his spell by giving just 30 runs. The manner in which Srinath hit Miandad on the yorker, he does not forget it. This was the wicket, after which Indian fans started celebrating the victory.
Miandad ‘Bheegi Cat’, Imran’s box goal
If there is an Indo-Pak match and the mention of Imran Khan-Javed Miandad ends in one line, that is not possible. These two players are such, who always play against India. Even sledding is not deterred. But in the World Cup, in the true sense of his box, India scored the goal. Captain Imran could neither take wickets nor score runs in this match. 0 wickets and 0 runs are recorded in front of his name on the scoreboard. Miandad, who is known for his provocation, must have batted for 132 minutes in the match and faced 110 balls. But despite all this, 40 runs are recorded in front of him on the scorecard, which tells how this Pakistani legend had become a wet cat that day in front of the Indian bowlers. There are hundreds of stories of Miandad. Especially in this match, his dispute with Kiran More, after which he started jumping like monkeys. Let’s talk about this controversy some more time…