If the World Cup history is the sole criteria, then the stats tell that Pakistan will emerge as the champions of the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales.

The journey of the Pakistan team led by Sarfaraz Ahmed so far in this edition of the World Cup has been eerily similar to that of the 1992 World Cup when the Imran Khan-led side won the coveted trophy in Australia and New Zealand.

In 1992, the ICC had introduced the round-robin format wherein each team played each other once before the top four teams qualified for the knock-outs.

Pakistan’s record in first six matches in 1992 read:

1st Match- Lost to West Indies

2nd Match- Won

3rd Match- Rained out

4th Match- Lost

5th Match- Lost

6th Match- Won

This is where it gets uncanny.

Pakistan’s record in 2019 World Cup till now reads:

1st Match- Lost to West Indies

2nd Match- Won

3rd Match- Rained out

4th Match- Lost

5th Match- Lost

6th Match- Won

In the seventh game in 1992, the Imran Khan-led side had faced an unbeaten New Zealand team and similar is the case in the ongoing edition of the World Cup where Pakistan face an unbeaten Black Caps at Birmingham on Wednesday.

To make it more interesting, stats tell that Pakistan lost their 1992 World Cup warm-up match and the same happened with the Green Brigade in the warm-up match of the 2019 World Cup.

Pakistan have 5 points from six games and they need to win all their remaining three games and also hope for the desired outcome to make it to the semi-finals.