Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz said his team is only drawing inspiration from their 1992 World Cup triumph and not looking too much into the similarities between that campaign and their run in the 2019 edition.
Imran Khan led Pakistan to their first and only World Cup title 27 years ago and that very pattern of wins, losses and washouts has been followed by the Men in Green this year, raising hopes of an incredible title run.
Sarfraz Ahmed’s team looked down and almost out after a heavy defeat to India but have bounced back with three successive wins.
Riaz was the star of the show in their latest win over Afghanistan, picking up 2-29 before hitting a critical 15 with the bat.
Asked if the team is following the 1992 path, Riaz was quoted by AFP as saying: “We don’t really talk about 1992 that much.
“The turnaround is due to the motivation and the ambition of the team to win this World Cup. Everybody is giving their 100 per cent”
Young left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi has taken seven wickets in his team’s last three wins and Wahab wass all praise for the 19-year-old.
“Shaheen was under pressure after his first game against Australia but he has come back and taken some important wickets for us,” Riaz said.
“(Mohammad) Amir we already know is one of the best bowlers in the world who swings the ball both ways. That puts pressure on the batsmen to play him. It’s a good combination right now, we are trying to take wickets and that is putting the team in a great position.”
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