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The World Cup 1992 victory has been the most glorious cricketing moment for Pakistan and Nusrat Fateh Ali had a massive contribution in it. The Men in Green defeated a solid English side in the final to become the World Champions.
Youngsters like Wasim Akram, Inzamam Ul Haq, Aaqib Javed, Mushtaq Ahmed and Moin Khan emerged as heroes in the campaign. After having a shaky start in the tournament, the senior pro Javed Miandad and the skipper Imran Khan gave team the confidence that they can still win the tournament.
There was another factor that boosted team’s confidence, it was the legend’s Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s qawwali ‘Allahu Allahu’ that boosted the troop’s morale. The track became the theme song of Pakistan cricket team during the campaign.
Cricketers including Imran Khan and Javed Miandad give credit of Pakistan’s triumphant win in World Cup 1992 to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as well.
“Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has great contribution in our World Cup win,” Javed Miandad told during an interview. “We used to listen his qawwalis in our dressing room, in our bus, during practice sessions, it used to give us energy,” he said.
Before Pakistan flew to Australia in 1992 to participate in the World Cup, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan recorded some qawwalis especially for the team.
“All the players of Pakistan team liked my qawwalis,” Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan once told in an interview. “When they were in Australia, they had lost a number of matches, I asked Imran Bhai that you are losing matches, fans are not only cursing you but also cursing me that you are losing after listening to my qawwalis,” he added.
Imran Khan assured the legendary qawwal to not to worry, they will win the World Cup.
“He said ‘by the grace of God, we will win’, I told him I am praying for your victory,” the legend recalled.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died on August 16, 1997. He is regarded as one of the best qawwals that the history has ever seen, he was a star all around the world.