Pakistan have soaked up tales from the landmark 1992 Cricket World Cup remaining win over England within the lead-up to Sunday’s Twenty20 decider and hope to share their very own tales of triumph in years to return, crew mentor Matthew Hayden mentioned on Friday.
Imran Khan’s facet beat England by 22 runs on the Melbourne Cricket Floor in that 50-over event to assert their first World Cup trophy in a landmark second for Pakistan cricket.
Hayden mentioned Pakistan board chief Ramiz Raja, who opened the batting and took the ultimate catch that sealed victory within the 1992 remaining, had addressed Babar Azam’s crew on Friday morning.
“He was reliving some of those stories around the ’92 World Cup,” former Australia opener Hayden informed reporters on the MCG.
“And I believe that’s nice as a result of that’s why you play the sport. These boys …. their careers will probably be however a blink they usually’ll be wanting again on this event.
“And they’ll tell these stories around campfires in their villages, in media conferences like the one we are here and it will be an important chapter of Pakistan cricket — as the ’92 campaign was.”
England, who received the final 50-overs World Cup in 2019 on residence soil, are rated clear favourites by bookmakers to win on Sunday after humiliating India by 10 wickets in Thursday’s semi-final at Adelaide Oval.
Hayden, nevertheless, felt Pakistan’s assault could be a great match for the English and notably their captain Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, who chased down 169 for victory in an unbroken partnership to embarrass India’s bowlers.
“I think the bases are covered,” mentioned Hayden.
“I believe each side truly have gotten very equal set-ups. It’s simply ‘even-stevens’. Initially of this event, I all the time thought that England was going to be an enormous risk.
“And here we are on the edge of a final.”