“A couple of Pakistani players were crying under pressure during Austral-Asia Cup final in 1986,” reveals Wasim Akram

Pakistan eventually won the Austral-Asia Cup title courtesy a last ball six by Javed Miandad

The former Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram has revealed when the Austral-Asia Cup final between India and Pakistan got into a close situation in 1986 and it seemed at one point that Pakistan might lose the game, a couple of the Pakistani players started crying in the Pakistan dressing room.


Wasim Akram was recalling the famous India Vs Pakistan games on Star Sports and he said that he was a youngster in the Pakistan set-up when the Austral-Asia Cup of 1986 took place. Since he was a bowling allrounder, he batted ahead of the other tail-enders and when he was dismissed and returned to the pavilion, he saw a couple of his teammates crying.

According to Wasim, it surprised him why people were crying over a cricket game and he even asked those players “tum ro kyo rahe ho? (why are you shedding tears). Wasim said that the players told him Pakistan needed to win that game at any cost and they couldn’t see Pakistan lose.


I told them crying couldn’t win you a game of cricket: Wasim Akram

Wasim revealed that he told those players if it was possible to win a game of cricket by shedding tears, he himself would shed tears with them to make Pakistan win, but Pakistan couldn’t win by crying and they should just keep calm and watch the game.



As it turned out, Pakistan eventually ended up on the winning side and lifted the trophy as the Indian medium pacer Chetan Sharma, who is now the chief selector of the Indian team, couldn’t defend 4 runs off the last ball of the game.

An attempted yorker by Chetan Sharma went wrong and the Pakistan middle order batsman Javed Miandad, who was at the peak of his career at that stage, took it on fulltoss and dispatched it out of the ground. The former Indian captain Kapil Dev recently revealed that the defeat in that game had a bad effect on the morale of Indian players.



I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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