Tapmad Review: Cornered Tigers – The 1992 Story

The greatest victory of ‘em all, celebrated!




Nina Kashif and Adnan Sarwar are no ordinary producer and director duo, whenever they join hands, they bring an out of the ordinary idea to life and an out of box story to the screen. It might as a telefilm like Aik Hai Nigar or a webs series like Baarwan Khiladi for Tapmad Entertainment. They have now added another project – Cornered Tigers: The 1992 Story – to their resume where they manage to celebrate the greatest victory Pakistan’s Cricket team ever achieved, more than thirty years later.

Cornered Tigers – The 1992 Story is a documentary comprising of four episodes between 30 and 50 mins featuring some of the most important members of the 1992 World Cup winning squad. From the highest scorer of the tournament Javed Miandad to the bowler who took the most wickets Wasim Akram, half of the team talks about the experience of a tournament where they had no idea, they would be crowned champions.

While Javed Miandad talks about his painful buildup to the mega event, Wasim Akram thanks Imran Khan for having faith in the boys. Even Moin Khan the wicket keeper, Inzamam ulHaq the star of knock out round, the Ejaz Ahmed the all-rounder and Mushtaq Ahmed the leg spinner explained how Imran Khan’s aim to build a Cancer hospital was instrumental in helping the team first reach the semifinals, and then winning the final.

Adnan Sarwar and his team was instrumental in asking the right questions from these participants and also taking back the audience into the year 1992 by showing the most important visuals of the tournament. From Inzamam ul Haq’s run out against South Africa to Imran Khan’s decisive wicket in the grand finale, every moment that had to be there, was there in the first one-of-its-kind documentary celebrating a historic moment.

The filmmakers just don’t stop there, they even talk to some of those people who were inspired by the 1992 victory and Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar was one of them. Another person who spoke about the win was late Abdul Qadir’s son Usman Qadir who explained how that one win changed parents’ perception regarding sports and how it helped the game of Cricket in the country.

Although some important people like Ramiz Raja (two centuries in the mega event), Aamir Sohail (match winning knock against Australia), Aaqib Javed (second highest wicket taker) and coach Intikhab Alam didn’t feature in the documentary, the presence of Cricket historian and ace photojournalist Iqbal Munir provided the outsider’s view that was required. It would have been great had Qamar Ahmed – the only Pakistani journalist to be in Australia at that time shared his views but he wasn’t available like Captain Imran Khan who is now a leading politician in Pakistan.