Two Is a Company

Maybe, now, Chetan Sharma will feel less lonely?

49.6 Vaas to Chanderpaul, SIX, This is the stuff of dreams! Off all times Vaas has to bowl a full toss! Chanderpaul waits for the gift, clubs that across the line and the ball just goes sailing over Jayawardene at deep midwicket. He waits and waits for the ball to clear the rope, a rather long and agonising one, he breaks out in celebration and the entire troupe from the dressing room rush onto the field and crowd around him


He has a good company, in the name of Mr. Chaminda Vaas :). There is of course, one Mr. Mashrafe Mortaza, but that hardly is a company you count in international cricket. And then, in principle, you could count Steve Waugh, who conceded a six on last ball for a Tie].

What’s more this lad (you can’t really call Vaas a lad, but still!) gave 10 in last 2 deliveries.

Of course, this wasn’t a final, and it wasn’t a rivalry people kill for. Still, it’s a reminder, if ever needed, that cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties, to repeat a cliche.

Even today, after all these years, when I watch that Javed Miandad six, I feel the pain ;). Poor Chetan Sharma — his whole career achievements were wiped out in that one delivery. Even the joy of being the first Indian to take a hat-trick wouldn’t have helped. Curiously, I found the reference of this “six” when I was reading Kamila Shamsie‘s Kartography. The narrator of the novel (my review is due, for a while) talks about it fondly, being from the other side of the border. It took me a moment to digest that someone could be happy about that! Lol! Those unlucky few who were born after the rivalry fizzled out, wouldn’t get the pain or euphoria, sigh!


4 thoughts on “Two Is a Company

  1. IW says:

    Yes, I had seen the Chetan Sharma match live and it was like from that moment onwards saadey saati (7 n half years period of misfortune, as they say) started for the Indian side (vs Pak) . If i am not mistaken.. after that match Pakistan took strangle hold against India and we lost quite a many games against them.

    But now after the enlightment of Match Fixing et all.. I really am skeptical about the nail biting finishes and snatching-defeats-from-jaws-of-victory kind of matches.. especially those which were played in Sharjah. Ever wondered why they suddenly stopped conducting tournament in Sharjah ? I guess it was for the blatant behind the scenes manipulation which happened in Sharjah.

  2. Aria says:

    Umm.. I think Sachin’s ‘six’ over the third man off Shoaib Akhtar in that 2003 world cup match though it wasn’t in the last over or something like that still .. wont be easily forgotten too and if I ever write a book I’ll mention it fondly .. : D

  3. asuph says:

    iw: yeah, that’s a strong possibility. the akib javed hat trick for instance… still, that’s all later wisdom. the pain is original na?

    aria: not really. boond se gayi haud se nahin aati. i’d say winning T20 W/C by defeating pak could have done that, but frankly the rivalry isn’t the same anymore.

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