Does Brian Lara have a grudge? Wasim Akram shares the story | Cricket News

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Wasim Akram signed a boot that Brian Lara wore during the 1992 World Cup.© Twitter



Wasim Akram and Brian Lara have faced each other for years, winning and losing. While the rivalry in the field was intense, so too is the respect shared by all exhibitors of their trades and Akram and Lara are no different. So, the Pakistani was pleasantly surprised when the two met at a charity event and Lara asked him to sign a boot. “The Prince of Trinidad never ceases to amaze, years after his retirement from the game! We met at a charity and he brought this shoe with him to make sure I would sign it – he had kept it ever since. 1992 WC when I hit him on the tips of my fingers (after I turned 88!) Hold a lot of grudges, @BrianLara, ‘”Wasim Akram tweeted.

The story dates back to the 1992 World Championship match between the two teams on February 23 of the same year. It was a match that only saw two wickets fall in two sets.

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During the West Indies round, their only defeat was as Lara retreated, injured, victim of an Akram Yorkie crunching on her toes, landing on the boot, the same he has now signed from the bowler.

Pakistan struck first and thanks to Ramiz Raja’s unrelated 102, posted 220 for 2 in 50 overs, with Javed Miandad contributing to an unbeaten half-century.

However, that just wasn’t enough to stop the West Indies as Desmond Haynes and Lara, as opener, were too good for Pakistan.

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The West Indies won the match by 10 wickets.

Pakistan, having been on the verge of being sacked, recovered to win crucial matches in the later stages of the group and played the final against England and won their first World Cup title. Akram was also a star in this game.

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