WEB DESK: Led by Imran Khan, Pakistan secured its first World Cup with a 22-run win over England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 25, 1992.
They were on the ground, not down and out, but to kiss the soil in their hour of triumph, to thank Allah for his beneficence.
The greatest moment in the lives of those11 men came at night, 18 minutes past the hour of ten and only a few past the scheduled close, under the bright, elevating lights of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
This was a triumph of spirit. The team did the right things, ranging from agonisingly passive defence to outright aggression. Not many may have kept faith with Pakistan when its senior pros were dawdling out there, in the middle of the concrete cauldron.