Cricket World Cup Stories – Part 2


In 1987 this was the first time when England does not host the World Cup. First time even when Asia hosted the world cup. This is the year where the West Indies’ dominance came to the end. And West Indies not only lost two matches, unlike 1975-1979. This is the first time they could not reach the semifinal. The semi-finalist of the world cup was India, Australia, Pakistan, and England. Everyone wants to watch India versus Pakistan, but it does not happen. India lost to England and Pakistan cannot beat Australia.

In final Mike Gatting played a very unusual shot which revived England dreams of winning the World Cup. England is just short of 8 runs. And Australia won the World Cup for the very first time. World Cup was again hosted by England in 1992 and here all the rules were changed now, 60 overs tournament became 50 over, players were wearing the colorful uniform. It was the first time where the round of Robin introduces, where every team has to play with every single team. In this world cup, India finished third last. Our semi-finalists for the world cup were New Zealand, Pakistan, England, and South Africa.

New Zealand played in Pakistan. Pakistan beat New Zealand and chase the target of 262 runs. South Africa played against England and lost for a very unusual method, rain interruption before the last ball of 43rd over. South Africa then required 22 runs off 13 Balls for victory. With 2 over loss because of rain, the target reduces to 21 runs from only one ball, using the most productive over method. In finals, Pakistan played to England and defend 249 runs. Imran Khan and his team won the World Cup for the very first time.

1996, India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan hosted the tournament. They divided teams into two groups and the top 4 of each group qualified for quarter-final India qualified for net round and played against Pakistan at Chinnaswamy Stadium. India scored 287 runs in 50 overs. Pakistan was in excellent position 113 for only one loss and everyone thought Pakistan will win this match and innings from Sidhu and Ajay Jadeja will be ruined. But then Aamir Sohail sledded Venkatesh Prasad and rest is the history. On next ball Prasad bold Aamir Sohail.

After that incident, Anil Kumble, Venkatesh Prasad, and Srinath, stars of Karnataka ruined the dream of Pakistan. In the semi-final, India played to Sri Lanka and Australia played to Windies. After Sachin wicket, India team got out only for 120 and got out of the world cup. Australia beat Windies by 2 runs in a very close match. This was the last time when Windies were in a semifinal. Australia played final against Sri Lanka at Lahore. This was the third time in Australia was in finals and they won, but Arvind de Sliva had other plans. His fascinating stance and plenty of skills lift the trophy for Sri Lanka in the history of cricket.

To be continue ………