‘Go to hell, we will win this match': Kiron More teases Javed Miandad, recalls 1992 World Cup

In the game, Miandad hit a 110-ball 40, but it was in vain.


Kiran More, a former Indian cricketer, recalled of a time when he and Pakistan's Javed Miandad engaged in friendly banter at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the 1992 World Cup match. Miandad, according to More, tried to get under his skin with his pranks.

Before umpire David Shepherd stepped in and brought some sanity to the proceedings, the scene was becoming a little animated. More batted patiently for 110 balls before getting removed by Javagal Srinath, but Pakistan lost by 43 runs after being set to chase 217 in 50 overs.

More alleged that Miandad was suffering from a back problem and was urging the bowlers to bowl full-length deliveries rather than short-pitched deliveries in order to make it tough for the batter. Miandad retaliated with verbal volleys at this point.


Kiran More Opens up

“In Hindi, he was saying that, ‘don’t worry we will win this match easily’. And I teased him and said, ‘go to hell, we will win this match’. Sachin Tendulkar also made an appeal down the leg-side. I assumed he'd been caught off behind. Javed swore at me when I appealed”.

“I told him to shut up, he told me the same.”When I jumped and whipped the stumps, there was a run-out appeal. And then he began to imitate me.


“I gave it back to him. I covered my mouth with my gloves.”The microphone was used at that time. Then umpire David Shepherd walked in, he informed Javed, “If you do that again, I'll send you out of the ground.”


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Following the heated exchanges, More and Miandad became friends. After he returned to Pakistan, More said Javed invited him to his home, where the two had "a terrific time and a tremendous laugh.”

In terms of the World Cup match, Sachin Tendulkar was named Player of the Match. The Master Blaster hit an unbroken 54 off 62 balls and took the important wicket of Aamer Sohail, who was on 62 at the time.