Javed Miandad snatched victory from India’s face
Six hit on the last ball of the final match
New Delhi. The final match of the Australasia Cup was played on 18 April 1986 between India and Pakistan in Sharjah. In this exciting match, Pakistan’s star batsman Javed Miandad created history by hitting a six off the last ball of Chetan Sharma. The condition was that in the final match, the Indian team had to face defeat by one wicket.
Actually, in the final match, the Indian team scored 245 runs at the loss of seven wickets while batting first after losing the toss. Sunil Gavaskar scored 92, Krishmachari Srikkanth scored 75 and Dilip Vengsarkar played important innings of 50 runs for the blue team. On the other hand, Wasim Akram took the maximum three wickets for the opposition team.
Chasing the target of 246 runs given by India, Pakistan lost their nine wickets for 241 runs. But Javed Miandad remained present at the crease like a rock. The last over of the match was historic.
Pakistan had scored 242 runs in 49.5 overs. He needed four runs on the last ball of the match to win. Chetan Sharma was bowling on behalf of Team India. Miandad gave victory to Pakistan by hitting a six on the last ball.
After this six, Miandad’s life also changed completely. He got a promotion in Habib Bank, he got a diamond bracelet which cost 80 thousand dollars. Also, Miandad got a Mercedes car as a gift.
On the other hand, at that time only 20 years 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:
Poems were being taught to children in Pakistani schools about Javed Miandad’s six. Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has mentioned this in his autobiography ‘Game Changer’. According to Afridi, the poem is as follows-
the desert was burning
Chetan Vaz Bowling
javed waz batting
run required four
this had never happened before
The following lines of the poem are…
Chetan b A strange ball
it never touched the ground at all
You know what happened to that ball?
It went straight into the VIP hall!
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 15, 2023, 14:32 IST