The Forgotten Match: When Azhar hit 62-ball ODI hundred 31 years back
By: PTI | New Delhi |

Updated: April 11, 2020 9:43:54 pm


One of Mohammed Azharuddin’s greatest knocks couldn’t be seen in India as a result of the TV transmission hyperlink was misplaced. (File Photo)

“Out of my 30 International hundreds, I can hardly remember 10-12 but the whirlwind knock against New Zealand is still fresh in my mind even after 31 years,” Mohammed Azharuddin stated concerning the day when “everything clicked for him”.

It was in December, 1988 when Azhar blasted a greater than respectable 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 sport that was vital in India’s ODI historical past however is just not a lot talked about or feted. The footage of that sport is just not obtainable though 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 type 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.

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Indian bowlers gave away too many runs in that sport 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 by way of financial system charge throughout these days.

“Chasing 279 was like 340 in as of late. The better part was I batted at quantity six in that sport. I don’t keep 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 remember I got stuck into one of their two off-spinners (Chris Kuggeliejn, other one was John Bracewell). Hit him for some massive sixes. I also hit some good boundaries against Ewen Chatfield and Sneeden. I think (Richard) Hadlee didn’t play that game,” the 57-year-old recollected.

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“I have had some great ODI performances but yes, this one will be among the best if not the best. You have to check the record books but this was one of our highest chases if not the highest run chase back then. I am not sure but it must be somewhere close,” Azhar stated.

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