In 1992, the team led by Imran Khan won the ODI World Cup for the first time for Pakistan. They beat England by 22 runs in front of more than 87,000 spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia and returned home with the World Cup. The striking similarities between Pakistan’s performance in the 1992 ODI World Cup and their performance in the Twenty20 World Cup 2022 may seem unbelievable.
In both cases, Melbourne Stadium was the venue for their first game. They also lost in the group stage against India. Pakistan won their next three matches to qualify for the semi-finals by one point in both, on the final day of the group matches. They beat New Zealand in the semi-final then and now. If they beat England and return home with the cup, the final match will be held at the same Melbourne ground. England will be India’s opponents in the semi-finals.
If England beat India and reach the final and Pakistan become champions, history will repeat itself after three decades. However, Indian players and fans are excited to change history by defeating England in the semi-final and Pakistan in the dream final.