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We don't talk about parallels with 1992, insists Wahab
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We don't talk about parallels with 1992, insists Wahab

Wahab Riaz said the Pakistan team is not reading too much into the extraordinary parallels being drawn with their victorious 1992 World Cup campaign as the current squad has enough motivation to keep its head aloft in the remainder of the tournament.

Prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan was at the helm of his side's iconic World Cup triumph and intriguingly, a similar pattern of wins, losses and washouts is being repeated this time around as well.

Pakistan were languishing at the bottom half of the table midway through the tournament following three losses and a washout before picking up pace with three straight wins.

These successive victories have resuscitated Pakistan's chances of securing a semi-final spot provided other results go in their favour.

But Wahab has played down all comparisons with the 1992 tournament and has instead highlighted the unflappable temperament of the players in the face of tough circumstances as the key reason behind their resurgence.

Riaz was instrumental in his side's last over victory over Afghanistan on Saturday as he bowled a splendid spell of 2 for 29 following it up with a valiant contribution of 15 runs batting with a broken finger.

"We don't really talk about 1992 that much.

"The turnaround is due to the motivation and the ambition of the team to win this World Cup. Everybody is giving their 100 per cent"

'We have a good bowling combination'

The left-arm paceman has developed a lethal bowling attack alongside the in-form Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Afridi creating troubles frequently for opposing batsmen.

Afridi has been in exceptional form taking seven wickets in his last two games and the teenage pacer has earned tremendous praise from his senior partner.

"Shaheen was under pressure after his first game against Australia but he has come back and taken some important wickets for us," the 34-year-old said.

"Amir we already know is one of the best bowlers in the world who swings the ball both ways. That puts pressure on the batsmen to play him.

"It's a good combination right now, we are trying to take wickets and that is putting the team in a great position."

Pakistan desperately need their bowling combination to strike once more against a potent Bangladesh line-up if they are to stay in the hunt for a place in the top four.