Gautam Gambhir Reveals Emotional Night After India’s Narrow Loss To Australia in 1992 World Cup
By CricShots - Jul 2, 2024 7:37 pm
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Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir recently shared an emotional memory, revealing that he cried the entire night when Australia defeated India by one run in the 1992 ODI World Cup. Recounting the game, Gambhir described how the Allan Border-led Australian team initially started cautiously. Kapil Dev’s early strikes removed openers Mark Taylor and Geoff Marsh, setting Australia back.

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India lost to Australia in World Cup 1992

However, David Boon and Dean Jones turned the tide, with Boon scoring 43 and Jones an impressive 90, leading Australia to a total of 237 runs in their first innings. During India’s chase, Kris Srikkanth’s early dismissal left the team with a slow start. It was Mohammad Azharuddin who took charge, scoring a commendable 93 runs off 102 deliveries.

Despite his efforts, he lacked consistent support from the other end, increasing the pressure on the team. Towards the end, Sanjay Manjrekar contributed a quick 47 off 42 deliveries, but his and Azharuddin’s run-outs dashed India’s hopes, leaving Indian fans heartbroken.

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Reflecting on that game, Gautam Gambhir mentioned that he had never cried like that before, as he had desperately wanted India to lift the trophy in 1992. India’s campaign in that World Cup ended disastrously, with the team finishing seventh in the nine-team tournament. However, Gambhir’s dream of winning the World Cup for India was realized in 2011, where he played a crucial role in the team’s success.

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Gautam Gambhir

“After watching that match, I had a burning desire to win the World Cup for India. I vividly remember the 1992 India-Australia World Cup game in Brisbane, which India lost by one run. That night, I cried like never before or since, and I couldn’t understand why,” Gautam Gambhir recounted in an interview with OneCricket.

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“I was just 11 years old at the time. I cried the entire night, vowing that I wanted to win the World Cup for India. That dream, which began in 1992, was fulfilled in 2011. Despite feeling unhappy on other occasions, I have never cried like that since that game,” he added.