12 similarities between Pakistan’s 1992 and 2015 World Cup squad that will blow your mind!

Published: January 17, 2015
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Pakistan lifts the 1992 World Cup trophy.

World Cup 2015 squad reveal new Pakistan kit. PHOTO: TWITTER Pakistan lifts the 1992 World Cup trophy.

Here are some of the similarities between Pakistan’s 1992 and 2015 World Cup squad that most of us are not aware of:

1. Venue

1992: Australia- New Zealand

2015: Australia- New Zealand

2. Captain

Imran Khan Niazi of Mianwali (1992)

Misbahul Haq Niazi of Mianwali (2015)

3. Captain’s injury

In 1992, Pakistan’s captain, Imran Khan entered the tournament with an injury.

In 2015, Misbahul Haq has also sustained an injury just before the World Cup.

4. Surprise all-rounder

Ijaz Ahmed (1992)

Haris Sohail (2015)

5. Opener who can also bowl

Amir Sohail (1992)

Mohammad Hafeez (2015)

6. Two leg-spinners in the squad

Mushtaq Ahmed and Iqbal Sikander (1992)

Shahid Afridi and Yasir Shah (2015)

7. Middle-order batsman 

Inzamamul Haq, Multan (1992)

Sohaib Maqsood, Multan (2015)

8. Aggressive middle-order batsman

Salim Malik, Lahore (1992)

Umar Akmal, Lahore (2015)

9. Opening batsman 

Rameez Raja, Lahore (1992)

Ahmed Shehzad, Lahore (2015)

10. Wicket-keeper who loves to sweep

Moin Khan, Karachi (1992)

Sarfraz Ahmed, Karachi (2015)

11. Experienced middle-order batsman

Javed Miandad, Karachi (1992)

Younus Khan, Karachi (2015)

12. Left-arm fast bowling leader of the bowling attack

Wasim Akram (1992)

Mohammad Irfan (2015)

With these similarities all we can do is hope that the outcome is the same too. Good luck team green!

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  • Noman Ansari

    Whoever wrote this is grasping at straws. Salim Malik and Akmal? Ijaz Ahmed hardly bowled. Hafeez can’t bowl anymore.

    This seems like a parody of these articles which pop up every 4 years.Recommend

  • Queen

    Good Luck Team Pakistan!Recommend

  • Harristarr McLennon

    The first fact alone blew my mindRecommend

  • Awais

    Such superstitions, much wow!
    The first coincident, The venue! Australia-New Zealand just blew my mind!! Recommend

  • EpicFixer

    Ijaz Ahmed was used as a fifth bowler in the 1992 World Cup, bowled on average 7-8 overs per match. Recommend

  • omer

    Really ET?? You allow this blog on your website??Recommend

  • Jamal

    Maybe you could try to write something better?

    or criticism is the only thing you can do (like everyone else in Pakistan) ?Recommend

  • Death

    Only the first two are similarities, others are just comparisons.

    Also you forgot one important thing.

    The captain of Pakistan in 1992 was over 40 years old
    and the captain of Pakistan in 2015 is also 40 years oldRecommend

  • boo

    What expect in small country like pakistan it ll be similar as they have only few places .Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    I think I can find 12 similarities of this kind between Pakistani squad and any other squad.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    I think I can find 12 similarities of this kind between Pakistani squad and any other squad.Recommend

  • Safi

    Hahahaha..brilliant!
    Gave me a good laugh.
    the ET team didnt have time to review this!
    Another mind blowing similarity is that all the players in the team are male!Recommend

  • bharat

    hey ,this is something that can be really scary for an opposition team
    .i think Pak can win this time alsoRecommend

  • bharat

    hey ,this is something that can be really scary for an opposition team
    .i think Pak can win this time alsoRecommend

  • Farhan Ahmed

    Hmm that’s great
    Recommend

  • Farhan Ahmed

    Hmm that’s great
    Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    He bowled 28 overs in total at 4 overs an average counting the matches he played. If you are looking at ‘per match’ it is 3 overs.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    I don’t mean to discourage. I am trying to provide constructive criticism. Ramiz Raja and Ahmed Shahzad are very different players for example. Raja was an onside batsmen who was defensive and Shahzad is really aggressive and plays both sides of the wicket.

    Again, Malik and Akmal have no comparison.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    Actually you are right. Ijaz and Haris Sohail do fit the ‘surprise allrounder’ category. My bad.Recommend

  • Really

    “Most of us are not aware of…”? Really? Who didn’t know all this already?

    That’s 2 minutes of my life I’m never getting back.Recommend

  • Cricketsucksandnobodylikesit.

    Who cares? It’s only cricket.Recommend

  • JayMankind

    Might as well hand over the trophy to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mansoor

    Lost key bowler before the start of the tournament. Waqar Younis then, Junaid Khan this time.Recommend

  • Aleem

    Good luck team…Recommend

  • Khalid Malhi

    Allah bless team Pakistan. They have knocked Australia recently No 1 in the world and will do it again. They have all the prayers of the nation. We are born fighters and our cricketers know it very well.Recommend

  • Hammad A.Mateen

    Salim Malik and Umar Akmal, really?
    Otherwise, good one! :)Recommend

  • Amir

    Noman Ansari, dont you have a life, being an internet troll and all?
    Trolling Zaid Ali as well.. Recommend

  • abhi

    The biggest coincidence is, that team also had 11 players and this team too has 11 players.Recommend

  • Maria Zaidi

    hahhaha … yupxXxxxxx.. :DRecommend

  • Boom Boom

    NIce Collection of facts, have seen some more here View details: http://goo.gl/ouDhX5Recommend

  • Zameel70

    Similarity Similarity :D :DRecommend