The Return of Waqar and Pakistan steering through to win Coca-Cola Sharjah Cup 2000

The Return of Waqar and Pakistan steering through to win Coca-Cola Sharjah Cup 2000
Waqar Younis and Moin Khan stand proudly near the car that Waqar walked away with at Sharjah, Pakistan v South Africa, Coca-Cola Cup 1999/00, Final, Sharjah C.A. Stadium, 31 March 2000. ©ESPNcricinfo Ltd
Waqar Younis and Moin Khan stand proudly near the car that Waqar walked away with at Sharjah, Pakistan v South Africa, Coca-Cola Cup 1999/00, Final, Sharjah C.A. Stadium, 31 March 2000. ©ESPNcricinfo Ltd

 

Waqar Younis is undoubtedly one of the most exciting bowlers to watch in cricket. He enthralled cricket fans with his bowling, however, he had a bad patch in 1998-1999 when he was struggling to be part of the playing eleven. Then came the Coca-Cola Cup in March 2000 at Sharjah where Waqar Younis made a comeback and proved why Waqar is a master of banana swing.

 

Coca-Cola Cup: Match No. 2 – Pakistan vs India

The second match of Coca-Cola Cup was between Pakistan and India, match displayed the classic Pakistan batting line collapse as whole team was all out on only 146. The response to this low total was obvious as India chased down the total in 44th over. Waqar was a total disappointment scoring a duck and failed to take a single wicket in the match.

 

Coca-Cola Cup: Match No. 3 – Pakistan vs South Africa

In the next game again Pakistan failed to score 200, but the target proved not to be an easy one for South Africa. South Africa won by 3 wickets in the end after putting all the efforts in. Waqar finally opened his wickets account taking 2 wickets for 28.

 

Coca-Cola Cup: Match No. 4 – Pakistan vs India

Fourth match of the Coca-Cola cup was a comeback for not only Pakistan but also Waqar Younis. Batting first Pakistan scored 272, in the response Indian batsmen were helpless against the pace and Swing of Waqar. Waqar picked up five wickets sending Sunil Joshi, Sourav Ganguly, Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, and Ajit Agarkar back to the pavilion. Waqar shared the Man of the Match award with Inzamama-ul-Haq.

 

 

Coca-Cola Cup: Match No. 6 – Pakistan vs South Africa

This was one of the most iconic matches this ground has seen. Pakistan scored only 168 runs in the end, it was Pakistan’s convincing comeback that made all the transformation and it also ruined South Africa’s eight-match victory streak at Sharjah. Though Shoaib Akhtar was the game changer but Waqar pitched in with two timely wickets.

 

 

Coca-Cola Cup: Final – Pakistan vs South Africa

On 31st March’ 2000, Pakistan took on South Africa again, this time in the final of the tournament. And the match belonged to none other than Waqar. Waqar Younis proved his character taking 4 wickets right when Pakistan was in dire need of wickets to defend the 263 runs. Waqar Younis was named Man of the Match as well as Man of the Tournament. Waqar exhibited a dream comeback throughout the campaign and played role in three consecutive victories of Pakistan.