Miandad's last-ball six still haunts Sharma

Making his first appearance in Tests against Pakistan at Lahore in 1984, Chetan Sharma bowled Mohsin Khan with his fifth ball — becoming the third Indian to take a wicket in his first over in Test cricket.

Updated: April 18, 2011 13:18 IST
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Mumbai: Former India medium pacer Chetan Sharma has many achievements to his credit: third Indian to claim a wicket in his first over on Test debut (bowled Mohsin Khan at Lahore in 1984); the first Indian to grab a 10-wicket haul on English soil (10-188 at Birmingham in 1986); and the first bowler ever to take a World Cup hat-trick (against New Zealand in Nagpur in 1987).

However, he would forever be remembered for the last-ball sixPakistani batting legend Javed Miandad scored off him in the Australasia Cup final in Sharjah in 1986.

Exactly 25 years ago this day, spectators at Sharjah Cricket Stadium were on their toes when Pakistan needed four runs to win with one wicket in hand and one ball remaining. Sharma bowled a low full toss and Miandad swung it over leg side boundary for a six.

"Yes, it haunts me even now and will haunt me for the rest of my life," 45-year-old Sharma said.

"People remember it because the match was against Pakistan. They ask me even now about the delivery and I am used to it. No Indian wants to lose against Pakistan. Even when I am doing commentary, I get excited if it's an India-Pakistan match."

Sharma said he harboured no ill-feeling towards Javed Miandad. "I have done several shows with him on TV and we have recalled that incident so many times," he said.

"Our captain in that match, Kapil Dev and a few senior players like Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar came to me before the last delivery and encouraged me, but sadly I could not avoid delivering the full toss to Miandad and history was made," he said.

Miandad received several gifts for that winning stroke whereas Sharma, nothing but abuses. "That's part of the life and one has to move on," he said.

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