> >> late 80s-early 90's Eng : Gooch-Stewart-Smith-Gatting-Hick-Fairbrother-Lewis
> > Lamb in place of Gatting (I know Gatting returned in the 1993 tour of
> > India, but Lamb was the better ODI batsman). That 1992 WC side line-up
> > perhaps wasn't outstanding, but they had a pretty strong tail, with
> > Reeve/DeFreitas/Pringle to follow.
> Yeah, I agree. I was thinking about Lamb but by the early 90s he was
> kinda done. I don't think he was there in that Kumble-Kambli devastation
> tour of India in 93.
> Among all of them, I used to like Fairbrother a lot....when I saw Jonty
> first he reminded of Fairbrother...his profile.
> And i agree with the tail...it's very surprising that, that English team
> did not win anything major given that they had a solid team. I thought
> they deserved to win the 92 cup but somehow they just could not beat Pak
> when it mattered during that whole period.
According to Botham's autobiography, Gooch and Mickey stewart simply
overworked the team in the nets and in practice. They were way too
stressed out and burnt out coming into the final. Gooch dropped the
World cup around the 22nd over when he missed a desperate skier from
Imran. SAF did not have the ammo to stretch England in the semis.
While Pakistan had the men to give it a shot in the final and Eng
> 92 world cup was a deja vu as far as Pak-Eng were concerned. The
> original was the Nehru Cup of 89 when Pak were bundled out for less than
> 150 in the league game by England and Eng won it (almost same thing
> happened in 92 just that it rained and Pak escaped). But come the semis
> the Pakis just rose their game up and beat England pretty convincingly
> and the finals was an even deadly one which went into the last over with
> some 9 runs needed I think and I was annoyed why Viv bowled himself
> instead of giving it to a quick...Wasim launched him into the Eden crowd
> and that was it!
The real challenge for Pak was in the league when they had to beat
both SL and India back to back and with a decent run rate to avoid
running into India in the semis. At Lucknow vs SL, they were tottering
at 70 for 4 in about 25 overs. Imran had to squirrel out the runs as
well as hold one end up. They did incredible amounts of running(just 8
boundaries for the innings, Akram 29 off 29, 0x4, 0x6). I recollect
Imran collecting 2 braces of the last 2 balls of the innings.
DD broke off for the India-Australia game and got back to Lucknow with
SL needing about 30-35 to win at run a ball and 8 wickets in hand.
Qadir had been pretty useless against Tillekeratne and Aravinda and
was taken out of the attack. After those two got out, he was brought
back but was hammered by Mahanama for a huge six. Fatatunga got
himself run out, Qadir bamboozled Mahanama off the last ball and in
the next over, Akram yorked Ratnayake and Labrooy, Ashocker was
cluelessly run out and SL collapsed(26/8)
I only saw the last 10 overs of the final. Pak needed 51 off 60
balls(achievable but no means easy those days) with Malik batting on
71 off 61 balls. Ambrose got him first ball, Akram Raza came in ahead
of Akram to join Imran which surprised me. Imran gave most of the
strike to Raza and they worked singles for a few overs. I guess
Imran's idea was to make the tailender get used to nudges and pushes
and play himself in for the crunch, as opposed to a running like a
headless chicken(SAF-Aus WC99 SF) when it matters. Raza survived the
pacemen which was important. 9 needed off the final over.
Sportstar mentioned Richards coming down very *** a journalist for
saying it was a mistake on Richards part to bowl the 50th...it was a
fast outfield and the faster you bowled, the more you bled.