On this day in 2009, Pakistan clinched their first World Cup title in 17 years after they outlasted a top-class Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the World Twenty20 final at a jam-packed out Lord’s.
Pakistan had finished runners-up to arch-rivals India in the same tournament just two years prior to their triumphant 2009 campaign.
Current Pakistan head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah ul Haq, who barely missed taking his nation over the line against India in 2007, recalled how skipper Younis Khan wanted him to finish the match in 2009 in order to erase the horrors of the previous edition.
“When we were about to win, Younis came and asked me to pad up because he knew the defeat from the last tournament was still on my mind and he wanted me to finish the game and win the title for Pakistan this time around,” said Misbah while speaking on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s YouTube channel.
Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir and opener Ahmed Shehzad also took to Twitter, to recall the amazing memories of their first world Cup win for Pakistan.
“Beginning of my blessed journey, my first tour and we were world champions still gives me goosebumps. I can never forget this day. ALLHAMDULILAH [praise be to God] for this always,” Amir tweeted.
Beginning of my blessed journey, my 1st tour and we were world champions still gives me goosebumps. Can never forget this day. ALLHAMDULILAH for this always.. #21/06/2009 pic.twitter.com/T5ruALZEtq
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) June 21, 2020
“Down the memory lane, one of the most cherishing moments of my career. Life is all about learning and winning the T20 WorldCup 2009 under the captaincy of Younis Khan taught me a lot about gelling together as a unit and creating history,” Ahmed Shehzad tweeted.
Down the memory lane, one of the most cherishing moments of my career.
Life is all about “Learning” &winning the T20 #WorldCup 2009 under the captaincy of @YounusK75 taught me a lot about gelling together as a unit and ‘Creating History’.🇵🇰#PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/yArdwmXaV3
— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) June 21, 2020
Legendary all-rounder Shahid Afridi played a match-winning knock, scoring 54 off just 40 balls. This was also his 2nd straight fifty in the tournament. Former captain Shoaib Malik made 24 not out during a match-winning partnership of 76 with Afridi to take the greens over the line.
Australia’s white-ball skipper Aaron Finch, while commenting on Afridi’s innings in the final, joked that Boom Boom could have put some more power behind one of his big hits.
“Swing a bit harder Afridi,” Finch tweeted.
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) June 21, 2020