India defeated Pakistan in the 1996 World Cup
Pakistan captain did not play the match due to injury
New Delhi. Whenever the teams of India and Pakistan are on the cricket field, there is a complete guarantee of exciting the match and if the competition is in the World Cup, then both the teams are ready to go through the limits for victory and defeat. However, Pakistan’s record against India in the World Cup has not been very good. Barring a few matches, India has always defeated Pakistan in the Mahakumbh of cricket. In this, hardly any cricket fan would have forgotten the quarter-final of the 1996 ODI World Cup. Then India defeated Pakistan by 39 runs and entered the semi-finals.
Pakistan’s regular captain Wasim Akram did not play the quarter-final match of the World Cup between India and Pakistan. There was a lot of controversy regarding this. Wasim Akram withdrew from the match 15 minutes before the toss due to injury. Amir Sohail captained Wasim Akram in that match.
‘PCB had said- don’t return to Lahore’
Then it was difficult for Wasim Akram to return to Pakistan due to being out of the quarter-finals of the World Cup against India. He himself mentioned this in The Kapil Sharma Show. In fact, in this show, Navjot Singh Sidhu had asked Wasim Akram a question about this incident related to his return to Pakistan. In response to this, Akram had said, “After losing the quarter final match to India, I got a call from the Pakistan Cricket Board. Please don’t come directly to Lahore. Go somewhere else. I was the captain. I told the PCB officials that if I do not go to my home then where will I go.
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Batting first against Pakistan in the quarter-finals of the 1996 World Cup, India scored 287 for 8 wickets. In this, Navjot Singh Sidhu scored 93 runs off 115 balls. In response, Pakistan’s team could only score 248 runs. Venkatesh Prasad and Anil Kumble took 3-3 wickets.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 13, 2023