Javed Miandad reveals that a ‘peculiar virus’ affected his batting in the 1992 World Cup final
Pakistan amassed 249/6 in the final after batting first and Miandad, along with skipper Imran Khan, added a crucial 139-run stand.
Updated - Mar 27, 2020 4:18 pm
Javed Miandad, former Pakistan cricketer etched his name into the cricket history after playing a pivotal role in his side’s successful World Cup triumph in 1992. Over the years, the Miandad managed to establish himself as one of the pivotal forces of the Pakistan national side.
Meanwhile, at a time when the whole world is battling against the outbreak of the life-threatening Coronavirus, Miandad has revealed how he fought against a peculiar virus during the World Cup. Pakistan amassed 249/6 in the final after batting first and Miandad, along with skipper Imran Khan, added a crucial 139-run stand for the third wicket. Miandad, who scored 58 runs in the ultimate clash, recalled how was sweating excessively during the final against England.
“I couldn’t understand what exactly my problem was. I was infected with some peculiar virus because of which I used to sweat a lot. I even consulted doctors but my condition towards the end of our innings in the final was such that I couldn’t play a shot, I was just standing there. At the other end, I had Imran (Khan). We forged a partnership and batted the full 50 overs to put up a respectable score,” Miandad said on his YouTube channel.
‘I was in a lot of discomfort’: Javed Miandad
Miandad also revealed that he couldn’t even play proper shots at the end of his innings due to the discomfort which he was enduring in the match.
“I was in a lot of discomfort. I was down with a viral infection which affected my running. And if you remember correctly, I couldn’t even play my shots towards the end of the innings,” added Miandad.
Miandad also reminisced the historic World Cup final and said that whenever he watches video clippings of the encounter, he still can’t understand how Pakistan managed to clinch the trophy despite losing early wickets.
“When I look back at the video clippings of that final, I still can’t understand how we ended up winning that World Cup. When we were batting, we were losing wickets early, my only aim was to just stand there and not lose my wicket,” he said.
After gathering a respectable total on the board, Pakistan curbed England and despite Neil Fairbrother’s vital 62-run knock, the Three Lions ended up losing the fixture by 22 runs. The Men in Green etched their name into the history books by lifting their maiden World Cup trophy.