Yesterday, 25 March 2010 was the 18th celebration of Pakistan's emphatic 50over World Cup win in Melbourne Cricket Ground - Victoria, Australia in 1992.
During those days like Cricinfo.com, I was also a infant but the way I heard from my elders and later thanks to YouTube.com and electronic media, it was literally an emphatic win and like the last year's T20 win in England, even those days Pakistan wasn't rated that much as this team was injury hit team as there were limitation in bowl;ing thanks to injury of Waqar Younis, limitation in opening with injury to Saeed Anwar and thats why there were 3 new faces or should I say rookies and even Imran Khan played the tournament with some shoulder injury and Intikhab Alam used to give him pain killers before the encounters.
Bowling was limited to Wasim Akram, Aqib Javed, Mushtaq Ahmed and than list of part timers like Amir Sohail, Salim Malik, Wasim Haider etc. So I think myself that it was the captaincy of great Imran Khan who led his side to the victory stand and kept them motivated, and that resulted in generating performances like Moin Khan and Inzi against the Kiwis in their own backyard, Aqib Javed's great new mystery slow ball that took the wicket of Greatbatch and how can we forgot the breath taking spell of great Wasim Akram which literally hit the last nail on the coffin for England.
If we compared that time to today, we still have alot of talent, its just that we lack in consistency and leadership, if we have a consistent leadership, we can rule the world- just like the anthem of world cup 1992 stated. We should also remember that no one even rated us in last year's T20 world cup, but we had it in our pocket and now after a month we would be defending the same title in the West Indies.
Lets keep our hopes alive and pray just like the Pakistanis all around the world on 25th March 1992 prayed for, although it was the month of Ramadan but still Allah listens to its people all year round, so we should not loose hope because Pakistan team has performed well under pressure, we should remember that.