April 18: Javed Miandad hit a six off the last ball of the match to win Pakistan and changed history

New Delhi. The war of kingship between India and Pakistan on the cricket field is very old. Pakistan has not been able to beat India in the ODI World Cup till date, but 36 years ago, the Pakistani cricket team gave a deep wound to Team India on the ground of Sharjah. Whenever there is mention of any cricket match between India and Pakistan, then there is definitely talk of Javed Miandad’s historic six.

On 18 April 1986, the final of the Australasia Cup was played between India and Pakistan in Sharjah. Batting first, India scored 245 runs for seven wickets. Opener Sunil Gavaskar scored 92, Krishmachari Srikkanth scored 75 and Dilip Vengsarkar scored 50 runs. Wasim Akram took three wickets while former Pakistan PM Imran Khan took two wickets.

After batting, Team India bowled well and took nine wickets for Pakistan till 241 runs were scored. At the other end, Javed Miandad was standing firm on the side of the rock. The last over of the match was historic. Pakistan had scored 242 runs in 49.5 overs. He needed four runs off the last ball of the match to win. Chetan Sharma was bowling for Team India. Miandad hit a six off the last ball to give victory to Pakistan.

Miandad’s life changed after this six. He got promotion in Habib Bank, he got a diamond bracelet which cost 80 thousand dollars. Also, Miandad got a Mercedes car gift. On the other hand, at that time only 20-year-old Chetan Sharma was seen as a villain in this match. However, only a year after this match, Chetan Sharma created panic by taking a hat-trick.

Poem on Chetan Sharma is taught in Pakistan
Javed Miandad’s six made his stature very high in Pakistan from other players. Poem was also taught to the children of Pakistan on this six of his. The incident has been interestingly mentioned by former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi in his autobiography ‘Game Changer’.

Explosive opener Afridi says that it is only a matter of one six or victory. It is a matter of psychological advantage. India and Pakistan have always been arch rivals. In such a situation, this shot of Javed was settled in the hearts and minds of crores of Pakistanis and Indians. This six gave Pakistan a psychological edge over India.

However, after a few years, India recovered from this setback. But even today when there is a match against India in UAE, then Pakistan’s morale gets high. Last year also in the T20 World Cup, India defeated UAE in a tremendous way.

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