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Not exactly Imran’s team but Pakistan’s Babar is ready to repeat history


The stage is still the same, the setting is exactly the same as it was three decades ago, but Imran Khan with his temperament and charisma is a completely different monster than Babar Azam, who won the competition with the former iconic captain. Over 30 years back, then 39-year-old Imran had to retire as a cricketer but became the men’s leader to beat a solid England team led by Graham Gooch and won Pakistan’s first global trophy – 50th in the world. Cup at MCG.

Although Imran, with his Oxford upbringing and worldview very different from Babar, the quintessential Lahori, both Pakistani captains are bound by a common thread – taking their team to the World Cup final with a lucky part and a lot of pluck.

Imran is the “captain” to every player on that team and can command unquestionable loyalty. Babar is like a colleague and a brother who can put a loving arm around an underrated player who may not be in shape.

Imran is an interviewer’s delight and his debonair looks make him a darling among the opposite sex.

Babar is a family man, a quiet man who gives off a vibe he wants to disappear from the arc lights.

On March 25, 1992, when Imran went out with Gooch, he wore a white round-neck t-shirt with a picture of a cornered tiger.

Pakistan came back from the brink in that event. Having lost their first three games, they are about to lose their fourth after drawing 74.

England was 24 for once when the rain god smiled at Imran. The points of that match were split and Pakistan won the next four round-robin matches before advancing to the semi-finals and final.

Also, it was their first time meeting India in a World Cup match and Mohammed Azharuddin’s team clearly beat them.

Coincidence is similar to Pakistan losing to India by Virat Kohli and then Zimbabwe in this T20 World Cup.

If divine intervention in 1992 was heaven opening before England in their game of life and death, then even the best bookies could not have predicted that the Netherlands would beat South Africa in 2022.

A few of them certainly killed people.

The 1992 semi-final was also an exciting chase against the best team of the tournament New Zealand as Inzamam ul Haq announced he would step onto the world stage.

The 2022 semi-final saw the arrival of Mohammed Haris, who was not on the initially selected team.

Heading into Sunday’s final, Pakistan is the favorite target of all gamblers, especially roulette lovers. They are the only numbers that can appear on a given day and everyone will gasp.

If that team has Wasim Akram as executor, then this side has Shaheen Shah Afridi.

If Imran has the street smart Javed Miandad who is like the conductor of a band, then Babar has an ideal card in Mohammed Rizwan, who often fails to set the story for his team with stroke play. mine.

That team has got an MBA in Ramiz Raza and this has the good Shan Masood who was raised and educated in the UK.

Naseem Shah can be compared to Aqib Javed while Shadab Khan is a bit more all-round cricketer than Mushtaq Ahmed.

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But if you look at this England team, it has a better way of restraining oversized cricketers like Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.

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