Navjot Sidhu scored four consecutive half-centuries in the tournament
Sidhu was India’s second number batsman in terms of runs.
New Delhi. When Navjot Singh Sidhu was included in the Indian team for the Reliance World Cup, jointly hosted by India and Pakistan in the year 1987, many people expressed surprise. There was a reason behind this as well. Sidhu had not played ODIs for India before this. He started his Test career in the year 1983 against West Indies. Its Navjot batted at a very slow pace and for this reason he was given the name of ‘Strokeless Wonder’. Obviously, many people did not expect that Sidhu, who was awarded the title of ‘Strokeless Wonder’, was of fast style. Will be able to do something in cricket. However, all the critics were proved wrong and Sidhu proved to be a big find for India in the Reliance World Cup. Navjot hit so many sixes against almost all the rival teams that his name was changed from ‘Strokeless Wonder’ to ‘Sixer King’.
The pressure on a player making his ODI career debut in a tournament like the World Cup does not reduce, but Navjot Singh Sidhu did not waver under this pressure, rather he gave his best performance during this period. This ‘Sardar’, who scored a half-century in ODI debut, did not look back after this and registered his name in the record book by scoring four consecutive fifties. In the World Cup-1987, the Indian team reached the semi-finals where they had to face defeat at the hands of England.
Navjot made his ODI debut in the match against Australia in the Reliance World Cup. Although the Indian team had to face a 1-run defeat in this exciting match, Sidhu was able to leave a special mark in it. He scored an inning of 73 runs in 79 balls with the help of four fours and five sixes and was the top scorer of Team India. Team India played its second match against New Zealand, in which Sidhu scored 75 runs with the help of four sixes and as many fours. He also had an important contribution in the victory of the Indian team in this match. In the third match of Team India against Zimbabwe, he did not get the opportunity to bat and Team India won by 8 wickets.
India’s next match was once again against Australia in which Sidhu scored 51 runs in 70 balls with the help of two fours. He could not hit any six in this innings. India won this match by 56 runs. In the next match of the Indian team, Sidhu scored 55 runs in 61 balls, which included five fours and a six. In this way, he made history by scoring four consecutive half-centuries in his debut World Cup itself. In the next match against New Zealand, Sidhu did not need to bat once again and India won the match by 9 wickets while against England in the tournament In the semi-final match, Sidhu was dismissed after scoring 22 runs and his streak of half-centuries came to a halt.
Already scored 276 runs in the World Cup
Playing seven matches in the World Cup-1987, Navjot Siddh scored 276 runs in five innings at an average of 55.20. This performance was strong in terms of making a debut in a big tournament like the World Cup. The strike rate was 85.98 and during this Sidhu had hit 15 fours and 10 fours. Sunil Gavaskar (300) scored more runs for India in the Reliance World Cup than Sidhu.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 23, 2023, 14:02 IST