History Beckons: Pakistan Shouldn’t Lose Heart After Windies Loss
In the 1992 World Cup, Pakistan had a similar start to their campaign but still went on to win the tournament that year.
In the 1992 World Cup, Pakistan had a similar start to their campaign but still went on to win the tournament that year.(Photo: AP)

History Beckons: Pakistan Shouldn’t Lose Heart After Windies Loss

Pakistan might have been routed in their opening encounter of the World Cup on Friday but that is no reason for them to lose heart and get demoralised.

Firstly, it is a long tournament with all teams playing nine matches before the knock-out phase. So, there is ample opportunity for any side to make a comeback despite a bad start to the tournament.

Another factor which will be heartening for the Pakistani side will be that during the 1992 World Cup, Pakistan had a similar start to their campaign but still went on to win the World Cup that year.
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Pakistan played their opening match of the 1992 edition against the West Indies and were thrashed by 10 wickets.

Playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, West Indies had won the toss and captain Richie Richardson asked Pakistan to bat first. On flat deck, Pakistan batsman scored 220 in their 50 overs losing only two wickets. Opener Rameez Raja scored an unbeaten 102 while stand-in-captain Javed Miandad scored a 57 not out.

Chasing 222 for a win, West Indies reached the target without losing any wickets in 46.5 overs. Openers Desmond Haynes and Brian Lara scored 93 and 88 respectively. Unfortunately, Lara was retired hurt.

Meanwhile in the 2019 edition, West Indies once again crushed Pakistan by seven wickets in a one-sided World Cup match at Trent Bridge on Friday.

Fast bowler Oshane Thomas took four wickets as Pakistan were bundled out for their second-lowest World Cup total of 105 in just 21.4 overs on the second day of the competition in England and Wales.

West Indies cruised to victory in just 13.4 overs, Chris Gayle top-scoring with 50. He reached his half-century off 33 balls with 3 sixes and 6 fours before he was dismissed off the next ball he faced.

With eight matches still to go, Pakistan are still very much in the competition and can find inspiration from their 1992 World Cup campaign. They next face hosts and tournament favourites England on the 3 June at the same venue.

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