‘When I saw team coming out with the trophy I broke down’: Waqar recalls 1992 WC | Cricket

Every athlete desires for representing the nation on the highest stage. For cricketers, it is the World Cup. Back in 1992, Waqar Younis has already been a bowling discomfort with his exploits throughout both the formats. He was slated to take a trip to Australia for the biggest event of his or her career, the ODI World Cup, under the captaincy regarding Imran Khan. But a strain fracture in his backside, robbed him of the opportunity. 30 years about, he still recalls that as the “biggest hiccup” within the profession, but admitted he continue to feels part of the squad.

Speaking on A good Sports ahead of incumbent Pakistan side’s T20 World Cup final against England on the MCG, a software that is the almost all mysterious way coincided with Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup campaign, Waqar recalled precisely how the nation had aplauded the big occasion. He also revealed that having been left in tears observing the team hold the World Cup trophy since they walked out of the airport gate, before they too was included throughout the victory parade by the streets of Lahore.

“Despite being out of the squad, I cherish and own that I was part of 1992 World Cup. I came back from the tour with the injury and they came back as champions, the ambience that was there I have never seen that in my life. When they had arrived I was invited to receive them. It was a big hiccup for me at that time because I didn’t expect that and then it happened while on the tour and there wasn’t much of expectation from that team but they went all the way to win the World Cup,” he said.

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“Then when I went there, I still remember those days things were a lot easier back then, they had opened the airport gates who people were actually on the runway. I was standing on the staircase with then Prime Minister. They had put a big spotlight. Then Wasim Akram came out first with the crystal trophy. Till that time I was okay. But then when I saw them coming out, I broke down. I had to literally sit down. I could feel my legs. I missed out on that big occasions but the way they respected me and took me in their victory truck.”

Waqar later symbolized Pakistan in 1996, 99 and 2003 World Cup. The team had reached the sectors in 1996 and broken runners-up in 1999, nevertheless had suffered a group-stage exit in 2003.


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