T20 World Cup 2022: India, Pakistan, New Zealand and England have made it to the semi-finals after a thrill ride in the Super 12 stages. India and Pakistan fans can start cheering as there are some similarities to their winning campaigns from the past.
India defeated Pakistan in the Super 12 stage in Melbourne (AFP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: The T20 World Cup 2022 has been a thrill ride for cricket fans and the race to the semi-finals was alive until the final day of the Super 12 stage. India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and England qualified for the final four but not before plenty of drama, upsets, and shocking results.
New Zealand and India qualified for the semi-finals after relatively straightforward results. England were shocked by Ireland in the Super 12 stage but Jos Buttler’s men managed to sneak through to the final four, thanks to their big win over Sri Lanka in their final group game. England, New Zealand, and defending champions Australia were tied on 7 points each but Aaron Finch’s men were ousted due to an inferior Net Run Rate.
On the other hand, Pakistan looked dead and buried after they began their Super 12 campaign on a poor note, losing to arch-rivals India and being upset by Zimbabwe. However, Babar Azam’s men managed to sneak through to the semi-final, beating Bangladesh on the final matchday of Group 2.
Pakistan were hugely helped by South Africa losing to the Netherlands as the Proteas ended the group stage with just 5 points, one less than Babar’s men. Not many expected South Africa to slip in their final Super 12 match but the shock result opened the doors for Pakistan, who defeated Bangladesh in a virtual quarter-final in Adelaide.
History seems to be repeating itself. There have been plenty of similarities between Pakistan’s triumphant 1992 World Cup campaign and their run in the ongoing T20 World Cup. India’s campaign and the events around the team have also resembled their triumphant run in 2011.
Pakistan won their maiden 50-over World Cup under Imran Khan’s captaincy in 1992 and India went on to win their 2nd 50-over World Cup crown under MS Dhoni’s captaincy.
Here are some striking similarities between Pakistan’s 1992 and 2022 campaigns.
|Pakistan in 2022||Pakistan in 1992|
|Defeat in tournament opener in Melbourne – to India||Defeat to West Indies in tournament opener in Melbourne|
|Lost to India in the Super 12 stage||Lost to India in group stages|
|Won their last 3 matches to qualify for semi-finals||Won their last 3 group-stage matches to reach semi-finals|
|Set to take on New Zealand in semi-finals||Defeated New Zealand in semi-finals|
|Lost to Australia in the semi-final of previous World Cup (2021)||Lost to Australia in semi-final of previous World Cup (1987)|
|Qualified to semis on the basis of one-point difference||Qualified to semis on the basis of one-point difference|
2011 and 2022 World Cups involving India
|2011 World Cup||2022 T20 World Cup|
|India’s only loss in group stages came vs South Africa||India only defeat in Super 12 came vs South Africa|
|India lost to South Africa with 2 balls to spare||India lost to South Africa with 2 balls to spare|
|Ireland defeated England in Bengaluru||England were shocked by Ireland in Melbourne|
|India beat Pakistan and Netherlands in group stages||India beat Pakistan and Netherlands in Super 12|
Fun facts aside, the semi-finals are expected to be fiercely-contested with all 4 teams looking to peak at the right time. India, who have put behind the disappointment of the T20 World Cup 2021 early exit, have ticked all the right boxes in the lead-up to the big-ticket clash in Adelaide.
On the other hand, Pakistan will be charged up to not let go of the hard-earned opportunity to go the distance Down Under.