The 1992 Cricket World Cup (Benson & Hedges World Cup) was the fifth edition of the tournament and was held from 22 February to 25 March 1992 in Australia and New Zealand. It witnessed a complete Round Robin replacing the two qualifying groups that were present earlier. The participants included Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Zimbabwe.
In the first semi final, Pakistan defeated tournament favorites New Zealand in a high scoring encounter to win their first semi final in 4 attempts including this one and book a place in the World Cup Final for the first time. Inzaman-ul-Haq smashed a 37 ball 60 in the run chase to achieve the target with one over remaining and also won the Man of the Match award.
In a thrilling final, Pakistan beat England by 22 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), allowing the “cornered tigers” captain Imran Khan to lift the trophy.
England fell 22 runs short with captain Imran Khan, in his final One Day International, taking the final wicket of Richard Illingworth to give Pakistan its first World Cup title.
The 1992 Cricket World Cup had many firsts to its credit. It was the first World Cup with white cricket balls, coloured clothing and black sightscreens. But what dwarfed all the firsts was a second. Yes, I am talking about the winners of the fifth edition of the quadrennial event – Pakistan (it became the second Asian nation to win the World Cup after India had won it in 1983).