It was in December, 1988 when Azhar blasted a greater than first rate New Zealand assault for a 62-ball-100, then the quickest hundred in 50 over cricket. The PTI caught up with Azharuddin to speak a few recreation that was important in India’s ODI historical past however will not be a lot talked about or feted.
The footage of that recreation will not be obtainable although the match was aired reside on Doordarshan. During India’s chase, the transmission hyperlink was misplaced and Azhar’s stellar knock, a primary of its variety throughout these days, couldn’t be watched on TV by the followers.
“It was at the Moti Bagh Palace ground. A lovely open ground where there would be shamianas for the spectators. I think I had hit three or four sixes (three), two of which landed outside the ground and one hit the tree. That day, it seemed I could do no wrong and I didn’t realise that I had completed hundred in 60 odd balls,” Azhar recollected.
Indian bowlers gave away too many runs in that recreation in absence of premier bowler Kapil Dev as Sanjeev Sharma was hit for 74 in 10 overs whereas Rashid Patel (58 in 10 overs) and Chetan Sharma (0/54 in 10 overs) have been additionally costly when it comes to economic system price throughout these days.
“Chasing 279 was like 340 in as of late. The better part was I batted at quantity six in that recreation. I do not bear in mind now however I got here in when both Dilip bhai (Vengsarkar) or Sanjay received out. But Ajay (Sharma) gave me good assist as we had 100 plus stand in fast time.
“I bear in mind I received caught into one in every of their two off-spinners (Chris Kuggeliejn, different one was John Bracewell). Hit him for some large sixes. I additionally hit some good boundaries towards Ewen Chatfield and Sneeden. I believe (Richard) Hadlee did not play that recreation,” the 57-year-old recollected.
“I’ve had some nice ODI performances however sure, this one might be among the many greatest if not the perfect. You should test the file books however this was one in every of our highest chases if not the best run chase again then. I’m not positive but it surely have to be someplace shut,” Azhar stated.
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