Saved from defeat by batting continuously for 9 hours
Sachin Tendulkar-Ravi Shastri were also flops
New Delhi. It has happened many times that Team India has come on the verge of losing the match and any one player single-handedly has won the match or saved it from defeat. Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli have done this many times for India. Once former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar had also done something similar. He had saved Team India from losing the match by continuously beating in the field for 9 hours.
Actually, it is a matter of the year 1992 when India is playing a Test match against Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat and invited India to bowl. In the first innings from Zimbabwe, Grunt Flower scored 82 runs in 297 balls. At the same time, Dave Houghton played an inning of 121 runs. In this way Zimbabwe scored a total of 456 runs.
Now it was the turn of Team India to bat. Ravi Shastri got out after making 11 runs. After this Sanjay Manjrekar came out to bat. Vukeri Raman was batting well but could score only 43 runs. After this, Sachin Tendulkar scored 0, Mohammad Azharuddin scored 9 and Venkatapathy Raju scored 7 runs. Now the entire responsibility fell on Sanjay Manjrekar. He stayed at the crease and batted continuously for 9 hours and scored 104 runs in 422 balls to score a century for Team India.
Sanjay hit 7 fours during this innings. While batting with him, Kapil Dev scored 60 runs in 95 balls. In this way Team India scored a total of 307 runs. Zimbabwe’s team came out to bat in the second innings. But till the fifth day she could score only 146 runs. With this, this match was a draw. Manjrekar’s staying at the crease for a long time proved to be very important for India.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 14, 2023, 15:37 IST