First match of the World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar’s unmatched innings, which the world could never match


New Delhi. Although the cricket history of June 7 is special, but the Indian team and veteran Sunil Gavaskar would hardly like to remember it. On this day in the year 1975, the first match of the ODI World Cup was played at the historic Lord’s ground. India and England were face to face in the first match of the tournament. Then in the ODI format, instead of 50, 60 overs were bowled. England scored 334 for 4 wickets. Chasing the big target, the Indian team could only score 132 runs for 3 wickets. Opener and veteran Sunil Gavaskar faced 174 balls and returned unbeaten but his personal score was just 36 runs.

GS Ramachandra, the then manager of the Indian team, also gave a big statement on this. He had said, ‘I have rarely seen such a selfish innings. Sunil Gavaskar told me then that the wicket was too slow to play the shot but it was a crazy thing. England had scored a big score of 334 runs on the same pitch.

ODI world cup The first match of the match was played between England and India in the year 1975 on this day i.e. June 7. England’s captaincy was then handled by Mike Dennes while the Indian team was commanded by S Venkataraghavan. In this match, England scored 334 runs in the stipulated 60 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. Opener Dennis Amis scored a century and played an amazing innings of 137 runs. He hit 18 fours in 147 balls. Apart from him, Keith Fletcher contributed 68 runs.

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Keith hit 4 fours and 1 six in his innings of 107 balls. Chris Old returned unbeaten on 51 runs. He hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in 30 balls. Syed Abid Ali took 2 wickets for 58 runs for India while Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath got 1-1 wickets.

Sunil Gavaskar and Eknath Solkar opened the Indian innings. Eknath became the victim of Geoff Arnold by scoring 8 runs. After this Anshuman Gaikwad contributed 22 runs. He faced 46 balls and hit 2 fours. Gundappa Vishwanath scored 37 runs in 59 balls with the help of 5 fours. The current IPL chairman Brijesh Patel was also a part of that match. He returned unbeaten on 16 off 57 balls.

Indian team could score only 132 runs for 3 wickets in 60 overs. Sunil Gavaskar also returned unbeaten but faced 174 balls and hit only one four in his innings. Peter Lever, Arnold and Chris Old got 1-1 wickets for England.

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