Strange Similarities Between The 1992 & 2019 World Cup for Pakistan

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In the 1992 World Cup tournament, Pakistan struggled to win matches in the beginning but ended up claiming the title and becoming champions with Imran Khan as the captain.

Will Pakistan be able to bag the trophy of this year’s World Cup? We cannot be sure. However, fans have their hopes up high due to the uncanny similarities between the 1992 and 2019 World Cup for Pakistan.

In the on-going tournament, the results of the first seven matches played by Pakistan are the same as that of the 1992 World Cup.

Let’s take a look at some prominent similarities:

  • In the 1992 tournament, there were nine teams, and each team competed with every other team. The 2019 World Cup format is the same.
  • In 1992, two new white balls were used per innings, one at each end; this year, teams are playing with two new white balls per innings, one at each end as well.
  • In 1992, New Zealand remained unbeaten until Pakistan won against them with 5 balls remaining in the last over, the same has happened in this year’s tournament.
  • In 1992, Pakistan had Inzamam-ul-Haq. This year, his nephew Imam-ul-Haq is playing.
  • In 1992, a Pakistani left-hand batsman named Sohail (Aamir) won the title of Man of the Match in their sixth game. In this tournament, Pakistani left-hand batsman named Sohail (Haris) became Man of the Match in their sixth game.

The last three pointed out by fans are hilarious.

  • In 1992, England lost against India and the same has happened this year.
  • In 1992, Asif Ali Zardari, a former president of Pakistan was in jail. It is the same this year.
  • In 1992, the animated movie Aladdin was released. This year Aladdin’s reboot is released.

Fans are hoping for Pakistan to become champions as they did in the 1992 World Cup. Are the above-mentioned similarities indicators of Pakistan’s victory this year or are they just mere coincidences?

Former Pakistani cricketer Azhar Mahmood has said, “If you see the 1992 World Cup and this one, there are a few similarities. But we’re not thinking like that. If you look at the 1999 World Cup, the situation that we are in, Australia was in that situation. If they lost any games, they would’ve been out. We are in that situation. But for us, every match is a final, that is how we are looking at it. We know that if we perform poorly anywhere, we could be out.”

In their 8th 2019 World Cup match, Pakistan won against Afghanistan, and they are to face Bangladesh later this week. For Pakistan to qualify for the semi-finals, the team will have to defeat Bangladesh and New Zealand will have to win against England as well.

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