Although winners in 1992,Pakistan teams of 1975,1979,1987 and 1999 were more worthy of being winners. In 1975 Pakistan came within the brink of defeating the eventual champions,West Indies.Chasing a target of 266 runs the West Indies virtually looked dead and buried at 203-9.Creating a sensational twist in the plot the last pair of Roberts and Murray enabled Pakistan to scamper home .West Indies escaped from the depths of despair while Pakistan faltered at the brink of glory.Earlier Pakistan looked cruising home at 170-4 to a victory target of 274 runs to win with 20 overs still to go,against Australia before a sensational collapse.West Indies twice defeated Australia with more conviction than they beat Pakistan which is noteworthy. In 1979 in the semi-final against West Indies inspite of facing a daunting target of 294 to win Pakistan looked like cruising home at 176-1 with Zaheer Abbas and Majid Khan taking the great Calypso attack to the sword.Sadly after the departure of Zaheer and Majid the Pakistani batting simply capitulated.I feel ikt was major mistake sending Haroon Rashid at no 4 instead of Miandad or Asif Iqbal which slowed the scoring rate considerably.Earlier ina group game aginst England it lost by a paltry margin of 14 runs agiainst England at Leeds.Pakistan gave West Indies a mauch more formidable contest than England did in the final which speaks for itself. In 1987 Pakistan were hot favourites registering famous wins against England and West Indies.On the day of the semi-final they simply lost their peak form and were defeated.They beat England so emphatically who were the runners up to Australia in the final which speaks for itself. Somehow I feel Pakistan were unluckiest in 1975,followed by 1979,1987 and 1999 in that order. Pakistan man to man were arguably the strongest team in 1975 and were robbed of famous win against the champions West Indies.Not to reach the final was really cruel fate. In 1979 Pakistan were more deserving than England for a place in the final and should have won the semi-final.I would have backed Pak to defeat England in the final. In 1987 Pakistan was the best team but were just past their best by the time of the knockout stage. In 1999 they were arguably the atleast the 2nd best if not the best team but often did not play to their potential.Still reached the final unlike unlucky South Africa. In 1999 Pakistan reached the final but totally disappointed fan sin the final.In the league stage it defeated the eventual winners Australia and came within the skin of their teeth in defeating favourites South Africa. With more luck Pakistan may well have won the 1975,1979,1987 and 1999 editions,If you asess the talent of their sides .Pakistan had the strongest batting line up in 1975 and 1979 and on both occasions wee on the verge of topling champions WEst Indies.