With Martin Crowe (NZ) being named Man of the Series for the first time in cricket world cup history, the 1992 edition, also known as the Benson & Hedges cup, was nothing less than twists and turns that took 9 teams. participates in the tournament for the first time since its inception in 1975.
Australia-New Zealand were honored this time by hosting a cricket gala like one that has never been witnessed before due to the replacement of a white cricket ball with the cherry red, the team’s colored uniforms instead of the conventional white ones and this tournament too. it marked the return of South Africa, which had faced a long time away from the game of cricket due to some political troubles in their country. Since the number of teams had been increased to 9 at the 1992 World Cup, dividing them into two groups would have been impossible, so it was decided that the format would have to be modified to accommodate South Africa’s readmission. After a grueling free-for-all stage, host and defending champions Australia were left without their place for the semi-finals and the Kiwis topped the points table followed by England, South Africa and Pakistan. Luck seemed to have been favoring Pakistan, which narrowly reached the semi-finals one point ahead of Australia, though they got off to a pathetic start to the tournament with just one win in their first 5 games.
In controversial circumstances, with rain proving to be a major factor, South Africa lost its semi-final to England and was eliminated from the tournament with many questions arising about how those weather situations were handled. Pakistan, however, was enjoying a purple stain and didn’t seem to be doing anything wrong; A good team effort ensured Pakistan its first birth in the final of the most prestigious trophy in cricket, the World Cup.
MCG witnessed what would be a fitting end to the career of Pakistan’s favorite sons when Imran Khan lifted the trophy with his team defeating England, who once again had to return home empty-handed. Although the English were calm when the match started and were playing by the book, a good team effort with an exceptional performance on both the bat and the ball from Wasim Akram ensured that Pakistan became the fourth test nation to lift the most decorated in the game. trophy. Martin Crowe (NZ) led the group with the most runs, 456, as Wasim Akram (pak) pocketed 18 wickets and was the most productive bowler at the 1992 Cricket World Cup.