27 January, 2021

Day Of Conquest

Gavaskar, erasing memories of his '75 whimper, went out with a bang

Day Of Conquest
ALTHOUGH quite a few hat-tricks have been performed in one-day internationals, India's Chetan Sharma is the only one to do so in a World Cup. He achieved the remarkable feat against New Zealand at Nagpur in the Group A match of the Reliance World Cup on October 31, 1987. It was Sharma's maiden World Cup and only his third match of the competition—he had played the last two and missed the earlier three league games due to injury. In the World Cup charity match against Pakistan in New Delhi, the spunky all-rounder had chipped a bone in his left thumb while fielding off his own bowling. This was a few weeks before the Indians were to meet the Kiwis for the second time in the tournament, having earlier beaten them by 16 runs in the first encounter.

Batting first on what was a placid wicket, the Kiwis were never allowed to take wing by the Indian bowlers who bowled a good line, though Kapil Dev proved just a bit expensive, having given away 24 runs in his six overs without any success. John Wright, looking set to play a major innings, was assuming ominous proportions. But India was...



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