World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

Updated: May 29, 2019, 11:19 | Shawn.Dsouza
  • 1992

    The 1992 edition in Australia and New Zealand marked the beginning of a new era as it was the first World Cup which featured coloured clothing, white balls, floodlights as well as field restrictions. In Pic: David Boon in action during his 100 against West Indies at Melbourne on March 18, 1992. Pic/ AFP

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    The event saw many stalwarts taking part in their last World Cup, England legend Ian Botham was among them. In Pic: Botham follows through during the match against Australia at Sydney on March 5, 1992. Botham took 4 wickets and scored 53 runs and was declared Man of the Match. Pic/ AFP

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    Pakistan seemed down and out at one stage, but recovered almost unbelievably to clinch the trophy. In pic: Ramiz Raja hits a stroke against Australia during the game at Melbourne on March 11, 1992. Raja scored two hundreds in the event. Pic/ AFP

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    When it comes to inspirational leadership in the World Cup, Imran Khan is the first name that comes to mind. In pic: Imran Khan holds the 1992 World Cup Trophy during the victory presentation at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 25, 1992. Pic/ AFP

  • 1996

    Not surprisingly, Sachin Tendulkar was one of stars of the 1996 edition held in the sub-continent. He was the leading run-scorer in the event with 523 runs. Interestingly, he did not have a bat sponsor during the tournament! In pic: Tendulkar takes a single during the 1996 World Cup game against West Indies in Gwalior. Pic/ MiD DAY archives

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    The 1996 World Cup saw minnows like Netherlands, UAE and Kenya in action, the latter even shocked West Indies in the group stage. In pic: Roland Lefebvre of Holland looks at his broken middle stump after being bowled for 39 by New Zealand bowler Robert Kennedy (rear) on February 17, 1996 in Baroda. Pic/ AFP

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    1992 runners-up England did not progress too far, but their players did attract attention. In pic: Darren Gough skips at net practice on February 5, 1996, at Lahore in Pakistan. Pic/ AFP

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    India went into the semi-finals on an all-time high, having outdone Pakistan in the quarter-finals. But, they came a cropper against Sri Lanka in the much-hyped encounter at Eden Gardens. In pic: Javagal Srinath is congratulated by teammate Vinod Kambli after the pacer got rid of Sri Lanka's Asanka Gurusinghe in the 1996 World Cup semi-final in Kolkata. Pic/ Getty Images

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    Sri Lanka eventually went on to win the 1996 World Cup, outdoing Australia in the final at Lahore rather easily. In pic: Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (R) claps while Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga holds up the World Cup trophy on March 17, 1996. Pic/ AFP

  • 1999

    The 1999 World Cup was synonymous with Lance Klusener and his brutal hitting. Zulu smashed 281 runs at a brilliant strike rate of 122, and a phenomenal average of 140, bolstered by six not outs. He also claimed 17 wickets averaging 20.58. In pic: Klusener hits the runs that carried South Africa to victory over Pakistan in the match at Trent Bridge on June 5, 1999. Pic/ AFP

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    The Tendulkar vs McGrath clash during the Super Six, for many, was the contest of the tournament. But, it turned out to be a no show, and the Aussie got the better of the Indian great. In pic: McGrath celebrates taking the wicket of Tendulkar at the Oval in London on June 4, 1999 during the 1st match in the Super Six round of the 1999 World Cup. Pic/ AFP

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    This is how the Indian team celebrated in the pre-huddle days. In pic: Team India celebrate the wicket of South Africa's Daryll Cullinan after he was caught by Robin Singh off Sourav Ganguly’s bowling during the match at Hove on May 15, 1999. Pic/ AFP

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar lit up the tournament with his searing pace. In pic: Akhtar celebrates after running out Mervyn Dillon during the match against West Indies at Bristol on May 16, 1999. Pic/ AFP

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    Celebrations after a victory back in those days meant dashing back to the pavilion to avoid the maddening crowd! In pic: Ajay Jadeja and Javagal Srinath run towards the pavilion after defeating Pakistan at Old Trafford on June 8, 1999. Pic/ AFP

  • World Cup flashback: The nostalgic '90s!

    In the end, Australia came out on top. After a poor start to the event, Australia won seven games in a row to be crowned world champions for the second time in 12 years. In pic: Australian captain Steve Waugh (3rd L) and vice captain Shane Warne (R) hold the World Cup trophy surrounded by the rest of the team in Sydney on June 28, 1999. Pic/ AFP

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About The Gallery

The 1990s saw some of cricket's biggest names at the peak of their powers. As we brace ourselves for the upcoming World Cup 2019 which begins on May 30, we look back at that memorable era by looking back at the three World Cups held during the decade