Many bear in mind Sharma as the unfortunate man, who may have dismissed Graham Gooch cheaply within the 1990 Lord’s Test when Kiran More dropped a regulation catch. Gooch scored 333 and 123 in a complete English victory. Sharma by no means performed a Test match after that.

“It’s part and parcel of the game. Who knows if Kiran had taken that catch, my Test career would have been different. But let me tell you, I was the top-scorer in Indian second innings with 38. More than Sachin Tendulkar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohammed Azharuddin and Sanjay Manjrekar. How about that,” he stated.

His greatest second in a profession of two Tests and 23 ODIs got here when he picked 5 for 26 towards the West Indies in Sharjah in 1988. “We didn’t play in Sharjah after 2000 but that record stands. It was certainly the highlight of my career, getting five against the West Indies in an Indian win. Gordon Greenidge tried attacking me and Kapil Paaji caught him at mid-off. But I would give more credit to Hiru (Narendra Hirwani) as he got Carl Hooper in the nick of time. It helped me clean off the tail,” he recollected.

He did not get the Man-of-the-Match award, although. “Yeah, that’s okay. Because Chika bhai (Krishnamachari Srikkanth) got a hundred against Patrick Patterson, Courtney Walsh, Curtley Ambrose and Winston Benjamin. I remember the adjudicator was Tony Lewis and even before the game ended, it was announced that Srikkanth had won the award.”

The funniest tales are from the tour of West Indies underneath Dilip Vengsarkar’s captaincy in 1989. “I don’t remember the airport — either in Kingston (Jamaica) or Port Of Spain (Trinidad & Tobago). We had just landed and there were porters around putting our luggage in a trolley. Now West Indians are a chatty lot and wouldn’t mind striking up a conversation,” he stated.

It went one thing like this. “Hey Maan, who are the fast bowlers in this Indian team’?,” the porter requested Sharma. “Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma and Sanjeev Sharma was my reply as he obviously didn’t know me,” he stated. Then got here the killer line. “Kaaapil I know but who are the other fast bowlers. I am not asking you about off-spinners maan'” Sharma recalled.

For Sharma that tour was about Ian Bishop’s bowling. “I can tell you that in the late 80s and early 90s, I don’t think there was anyone quicker than Ian Bishop in that particular phase. He was frighteningly quick. And my experience was at a different level.”

He narrated one other incident from the tour, an ODI at Bridgetown, Barbados, which India misplaced. It turned out to be a dismal sequence that noticed Vengsarkar dropping his captaincy.

“Bishop got me clean bowled but that’s not the story. My middle stump just cartwheeled and Jeff Dujon caught standing at his position. Next day, in my hotel room, me and Ajay (Sharma) were discussing, who scored how much. “I informed Ajay, ‘jisne bhi jitna mara ho, paper mein image toh mera hello nikla hain’ (The image of stumps taking a stroll was an company image that was on all Caribbean newspapers),” stated Sharma, who had taken 235 wickets and scored 2785 runs from 89 first-class video games, and was a part of a really robust Delhi workforce.

During these days, cash had simply are available in and platers would get Rs 7500 for ODIs and 10,000 for Test matches together with day by day allowance. “You know at one level I had Rs 1.70 lakh as match charges and DA in the course of the residence sequence of 1988. As I wasn’t in a position to go residence, the cash collected. After the final sport, I put all the cash in packet and put it in check-in baggage. Had I misplaced it, Indian Airlines would have given me Rs 150 as compensation for misplaced merchandise,” he stated.



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