The ICC World Cup 2019 has been a roller coaster ride for Pakistan! From intense matches to nail-biting innings, we have survived through most of the matches and we all can’t seem to ignore the suspicious and uncanny similarities between the 1992 World Cup and the 2019 World Cup!
I mean! What an eerie concurrence!
Team Captain Imran Khan Vs. PM Imran Khan!
In the 1992 World Cup, the Pakistani team was lead by Imran Khan as a team captain towards victory. Being Underdogs in the entire series, the Pakistan team shocked the entire world by pacing up and winning the World Cup Trophy!
Today, we see him as the seated Prime Minister of Pakistan.
1992 Matches Vs. 2019 Matches
As opposed to the fact that there are numerous similarities to the 1992 World Cup, the most surprising similarity is the number and sequence of wins and losses of the Pakistani Team.
· In 1992, Pakistan lost their first match against West Indies and so did the team in 2019.
· Game 2 was won by the Pakistani team in both the series.
· Game 3, again, was a washout in both series.
· Game 4 and 5 was again lost by the 1992 team as well as the 2019 team!
· Furthermore, Game 6, 7 and 8 had a brilliant victory against their rivals in both the series and we can’t help but wonder if the underdogs of 2019 are again about to bag the magnificent World Cup Trophy?
The format as well as the playing conditions of 1992 Vs. 2019!
The format of 1992 had 9 teams with all of them playing against each other with the top four teams qualifying for the Semi Finals.
In 2019, the format has 10 teams and yet again, all of them play against everyone with the top four teams qualifying for the Semi Finals!
1992 Vs. 2019: Playing conditions
In both the series, the administrators decided to use 2 new white balls per innings with one at each end.
Beating the Undefeated New Zealand!
Surprisingly, just as the 1992 underdogs beat New Zealand which remained undefeated till the match, the Pakistani team of 2019 also broke the undefeated record of New Zealand with an incredibly nail biting match.
Stretching the Similarity series a little further…
In 1992, Inzamam-ul-Haq was the rising star of the team whereas in 2019, his nephew, Imam-ul-Haq is the rising star.
Moreover, in 1992, India and Australia had won the previous two world cups and the situation is quite similar in 2019 as well!
In 1992, Aladdin is released as an Animated musical whereas in 2019, the Aladdin reboot is released a few days later!
Moreover, there are political similarities as well! Hilariously enough, In 1992, Asif Ali Zardari, former Pakistani President was arrested and sent to Jail and similarly, in 2019, Asif Ali Zardari is again arrested and in Jail!
Nostalgia at its peak!
As eerie as it seems, the similarities are quite astounding and we can’t wait to see how things turn out and if Sarfaraz Ahmed can lead his underdogs to victory in the 2019 ICC World Cup.
But hey! Does that mean Sarfaraz Ahmed will be the Prime Minister of Pakistan after two decades?! We’re excited to find out what happens!