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I am not talking about the famous games but just random cricket games that are etched in your memory.

 

The one that comes to mind was a match between SA and WI from a odi series in 1998. SA had a middling score and WI made a quick start opening with Chanderpaul and some other hack. 

 

All of a sudden Kallis,Kluesner,Pollock etc started bowling short pitch and hitting WI players on the grill,body and helmet and WI who looked like they will win all of a sudden folded meekly. It was painful and fun to watch at the same time.

 

The other one was a odi match between India and Nzl in the mid 90s in Mumbai. I remember this one well because  the next day my dad had given me passes to see an exhibition double wicket contest in the same ground. This tournament   had Sachin,Azhar,Kambli etc. anyways, I remember this odi match the previous day as well because Kambli absolutely took apart Simon Doull with some breath taking drives and India chased down a small total real quick. 

 

I remember that exhibition game that followed as well. The star wasn’t Sachin or Azhar or Carl Hooper(who played in it) or Kambli but Gagan Khoda who hit some  mighty 6s. Some of them so hard that it thudded into the cement block above the members stand where  the members name was etched  on it. One 6 was hit so hard that the dust flew off of the cement block. One of the most powerful 6s I have seen.

 

The other one probably not so obscure game was when Chetan Sharma was promoted as a pinch hitter and ended up getting a 100 against England I guess. First time I saw such a innovative move. I believe Srikkanth was the captain.

 

Also I remember Gilchrist’s 1st or 2nd game in the titan cup. Before this game I had seen Gilchrist in 1995 in the Hong Kong 6s tournament. The guy was the absolute standout star of this tournament. Those days there was no bias like “oh” this is T6 or some random pointless tournament. It was just exciting and refreshing to see this kind of hitting. Anyways, I was really excited to see him bat in internationals but I remember this game more for Alan Donald’s lethal spell. He got 2 in 2, just missed the hat trick with a Jaffa and got a wicket the next ball. Had 3 in 4. Was a lethal spell from an ATG at his peak.Absolutely dismantled Australia.

 

Another one that comes to mind was from the India-England odi series 1993. Siddhu got a brilliant 100 and had a partnership with Kumble to get India over the line. I remember watching the last few overs live after I just came back from school.

 

There are many such games but what are your random cricketing memories? Try avoiding the famous matches that everyone knows.

 

 

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* douglas marillier taking zaheer khan apart 

* sachin giving some phainta to henry olanga in some random game

* ashes test , atherton needed 12 or 13 for his century and eng needed 50 odd to win .. alex stewrat came and scored run a ball 40 to screw his century

* manoj prabhakar bowling off-spin

* mongia and prabhakar scored 20 soemthing in the last 10 overs when we needed 40 odd runs :wall:

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Sundeep tyagis debut against Australia that was cut short because of a bad pitch. And I don't think he ever played again. He looked promising. :((

 

sreesanth wreaking havoc on a rain shortened match against Australia. I think it was washed out 

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India vs Australia , first game TVS cup 2003.

I was probably 8 or 9 but vividly remember this match.

India batted first and Nathan Bracken struck early to get Sehwag out in the slips in the very first over.

Afterwards Tendulkar and Laxman batted sensibly and scored centuries to take India to a good , challenging total. 

 

Gilly and Hayden opened the innings for Australia and started to take apart Indian bowlers to cleaners from the word go.. Gilchrist especially was in superb sublime touch and made Indian pacers look like joke. Finally when it looked like these two would easily guide Aussies to victory , Zaheer struck and clean bowled Gilly. Oh the joy we felt couldn't be described in words.

This wicket proved quite crucial for India and Aussies couldn't recover afterwards resulting in a win for us. Those days beating Australians used to be a mammoth task which made the victory even more sweet.

 

 

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There was an ODI against NZ at home ('99 series) where they batted 1st and got 349 runs on the board. Remember the scores more or less, Spearman 68(44), Astle 120, Twose a 50. I had never seen hitting like that before in any ODI match, a couple of 6s by Spearman resulted in the ball getting stuck in the tent like roof.We batted well and scored 300+ but lost. That's a random match I guess. In our gully cricket matches, we had to choose a player's name and we used to call each other that...I christened myself Spearman for a few months when the other kids went for the big names.

 

Then an ODI between NZ and RSA. It was a proper thriller and Klusener scored a rapid 50 or 60 to finish the match in the final ball.I remember Shane O Connor bowling yorkers on leg stump and somehow Zulu would hit those for 6s over square leg and deep mid wicket....insane power. 

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15 minutes ago, velu said:

* douglas marillier taking zaheer khan apart 

* sachin giving some phainta to henry olanga in some random game

* ashes test , atherton needed 12 or 13 for his century and eng needed 50 odd to win .. alex stewrat came and scored run a ball 40 to screw his century

* manoj prabhakar bowling off-spin

* mongia and prabhakar scored 20 soemthing in the last 10 overs when we needed 40 odd runs :wall:

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28 minutes ago, velu said:

* douglas marillier taking zaheer khan apart 

* sachin giving some phainta to henry olanga in some random game

* ashes test , atherton needed 12 or 13 for his century and eng needed 50 odd to win .. alex stewrat came and scored run a ball 40 to screw his century

* manoj prabhakar bowling off-spin

* mongia and prabhakar scored 20 soemthing in the last 10 overs when we needed 40 odd runs :wall:

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That wasn’t really obscure. That is one the most notorious games in the history of Indian cricket :((

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6 minutes ago, maniac said:

That wasn’t really obscure. That is one the most notorious games in the history of Indian cricket :((

 

i haven't watched that game actually .. but that scorecard is not easy to forget :p: 

later in 2000s , i did some research on that game  ..

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A match between mumbai and baroda ,only time I saw Sachin hurried by pace in a domestic match, by a pacer called rakesh patel .


Remember that wi vs sa match as well, I think it may have been Elworthy ,who was bowling those bouncers.

 

A couple of shots one by kanitkar and another by ganguly ,both played to proper yorkers ,they just jammed on the yorker and it went for six .

 

Zaheer bowling left arm spin ,cant recall against whom .Maybe zim.


Ind vs Srilanka 97 independence cup ,Jayasuriya thrashed us as usual ,but what I remember is Vaas bowling a last over maiden to Kumble ,even as he desperately tried to slog every ball .
 

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Also I believe I mentioned this before as I recollect having a conversation with @sscomp32 on this before.

 

There was this random domestic T20 tournament  that was telecast on DD sports. This was way before WT20 or IPL or ICl

 

This was some where around 2005-2006. Right before Dhoni became a superstar with his 180 odd against Srilanka but right after he made a splash against Pakistan with his 140 odd, just right in that sweet spot.

 

Sehwag played earlier that day in the same tournament and scored a breath taking 50 of 20 or 25 odd balls, might have been in the same game or a game held prior.Can’t  recollect However 

 

Dhoni absolutely destroyed the opposition that had some decent ex and current Indian nationals and some upcoming domestic bowlers. He scored a 80 odd I think at the rate of knots. Some unbelievable hitting with some trademark helicopter shots and some brutal slog sweeps.

 

I remember in the post match interview where he was the man of the match when the interviewer asked him if he is the new Sehwag, Dhoni replies humbly “I am a big fan of his and try to play like him” or something like that. No fake bs like “jet plains” “process” etc. That was the pure and earthy MSD we all fell in love with. What a pathetic downfall :wall:

 

 

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, maniac said:

Also I believe I mentioned this before as I recollect having a conversation with @sscomp32 on this before.

 

There was this random domestic T20 tournament  that was telecast on DD sports.

 

This was some where around 2005-2006. Right before Dhoni became a superstar with his 180 odd against Srilanka but right after he made a splash against Pakistan with his 140 odd, just right in that sweet spot.

I think that A-tour of kenya where he smashed pak , i do remeber that game ...he batted at 3.

It was telecasted on ten sports and the footage is used in his movie as well

 

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2 minutes ago, Ankit_sharma03 said:

I think that A-tour of kenya where he smashed pak , i do remeber that game ...he batted at 3.

It was telecasted on ten sports and the footage is used in his movie as well

 

No. It was a proper domestic tournament on DD sports. I saw Sehwag bat in this as well. This was even before T20 became a thing but it was T20 tournament. Dhoni was already famous but not a superstar yet.

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One game i remeber was against Zimb , dont when or which game was it....as i was very small

I remeber that game for robin singh outstanding fielding 

 

Another one that is still very fresh was when dinesh mongia smahsed 159 against zimb n yuvi smashed 80+ in same game, M from chandigarh n me n dinesh mongia lived in same sector so it was a huge celebration in the area

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Cricketics said:

India vs Zimbabwe tied Match at Paarl in 1997 where Eddo Brandes Bowled a wide and our batting pair ran them self out. I was mad, furious that time to see us fk up the chance to win that game.

 

Watch from 4:18

 

 

Didn’t watch the video. Wasn’t that the game that made Robin Singh and Saba Karim famous? I remember watching the highlights the next day and becoming a fan of Robin Singh’s talent :giggle:

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40 minutes ago, Stradlater said:

India vs Australia , first game TVS cup 2003.

I was probably 8 or 9 but vividly remember this match.

India batted first and Nathan Bracken struck early to get Sehwag out in the slips in the very first over.

Afterwards Tendulkar and Laxman batted sensibly and scored centuries to take India to a good , challenging total. 

 

Gilly and Hayden opened the innings for Australia and started to take apart Indian bowlers to cleaners from the word go.. Gilchrist especially was in superb sublime touch and made Indian pacers look like joke. Finally when it looked like these two would easily guide Aussies to victory , Zaheer struck and clean bowled Gilly. Oh the joy we felt couldn't be described in words.

This wicket proved quite crucial for India and Aussies couldn't recover afterwards resulting in a win for us. Those days beating Australians used to be a mammoth task which made the victory even more sweet.

 

 

God I hated that TVS cup. In the final we couldn't chase 235 :facepalm:.

 

As if world cup final wasn't enough, Aussies scored 347-2 in one of the matches in group stages as well. Jalne pe namak :((

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Robin Singh hit 45 odd against Zimbabwe in a tri-series in SA in the late 90s. At one point it looked like the match was a lost cause but Robin didn't give up. He kept chipping away at the target, running hard to steal quick singles, converting singles into twos etc. He thrashed Eddo Brandes for a six and a 4, brought us to the doorstep of victory but his dumbo batting partner (don't remember who it was) got run out and screwed up the match, ending it in a tie. Robin had a habit of turning lost causes into wins. There was a match in Pakistan where Sachin got out, the rest followed him to the pavilion and the match was looking done and dusted. Again, Robin stepped up and steered the team towards victory. IIRC, it was the match in which Rajesh Chouhan thrashed Chuqlain Mushtaq for a six to seal the deal for us. On the field Robin was all heart, never gave up without a fight. Even the foul mouthed Steve Waugh had words of praise for him.

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50 minutes ago, Laaloo said:

Sundeep tyagis debut against Australia that was cut short because of a bad pitch. And I don't think he ever played again. He looked promising. :((

 

sreesanth wreaking havoc on a rain shortened match against Australia. I think it was washed out 

It was against SL iirc,where the game was called off due to dangerous pitch behavior,2009

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Probably this may not be obscure but anyone remember Ijaz Ahmed absolutely smashing our trundlers for a 100. He was hitting some mighty 6s just for fun.

 

Ijaz Ahmed prior to that was only famous for sticking his butt out and having a weird stance and never recollect him before or after that innings to ever play a brutal knock like that. He was always a sedate boring batsman.

 

Boy was he in the zone or what and our trundlers fed him nicely as well.

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5 minutes ago, maniac said:

Probably this may not be obscure but anyone remember Ijaz Ahmed absolutely smashing our trundlers for a 100. He was hitting some mighty 6s just for fun.

 

Ijaz Ahmed prior to that was only famous for sticking his butt out and having a weird stance and never recollect him before or after that innings to ever play a brutal knock like that. He was always a sedate boring batsman.

 

Boy was he in the zone or what and our trundlers fed him nicely as well.

this one?

 

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Btw I remember that WI-SA game too. It was incredible how they bullied WI with hostile short-pitched bowling. I think @maniac is referring to the Super 8's tournament in Kuala Lumpur where Gilly stood out for Australia A. Video here. Then there was this HK 6's tourney where Sanju Manju absolutely bossed it :giggle: but India lost the final against the WI :((.

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Hrishikesh kanitkar hitting the winning runs in the finals of Independence cup 1998 ,Dhaka

Rahul Dravid's brave batting in those times aginst the likes of Pollock,Donald,Klusener in the finals of tri nation cup in SA....India lost that final after running the saffers close,that was the time when i felt, this is the next big thing in Indian Cricket(Rahul Dravid)

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2 minutes ago, maniac said:

Probably this may not be obscure but anyone remember Ijaz Ahmed absolutely smashing our trundlers for a 100. He was hitting some mighty 6s just for fun.

 

Ijaz Ahmed prior to that was only famous for sticking his butt out and having a weird stance and never recollect him before or after that innings to ever play a brutal knock like that. He was always a sedate boring batsman.

 

Boy was he in the zone or what and our trundlers fed him nicely as well.

I remember this one. Jaddu played a cameo towards the end of our innings to give the total some respectability. I went out to meet some friends, hoping to see a bunch of Pak wickets fallen by the time I came back. Instead, the match itself was over when I got back home as Ijaz destroyed our bowlers and finished the match in a jiffy. Back in the day such hitting was very rare and to pull it off for the entirety of the match was just unbelievable.

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14 minutes ago, Laaloo said:

God I hated that TVS cup. In the final we couldn't chase 235 :facepalm:.

 

As if world cup final wasn't enough, Aussies scored 347-2 in one of the matches in group stages as well. Jalne pe namak :((

Agarkar slogged well at the end but we were never going to win it. That Aussie team was way too clutch.

Speaking of TVS cup , one anecdote comes to my mind. We all associate Sehwag with aggresive batting but in thode days it was usually Tendulkar who used to give us a blistering start. I remember there was this commercial related to cricket which showed both of them batting together and the scorecard would read Tendulkar 45* and Sehwag 25*.

Sachin was truly a God back then. Never seen a better stroke player in my life.

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26 minutes ago, Cricketics said:

India vs Zimbabwe tied Match at Paarl in 1997 where Eddo Brandes Bowled a wide and our batting pair ran them self out. I was mad, furious that time to see us fk up the chance to win that game.

 

Watch from 4:18

 

 

Robin singh was proto-dhoni ,quick runner, powerfull hitter and sometimes would bat very slowly like in the titan cup final  .Didnt get enough chances in his prime.

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5 minutes ago, Stradlater said:

Agarkar slogged well at the end but we were never going to win it. That Aussie team was way too clutch.

Speaking of TVS cup , one anecdote comes to my mind. We all associate Sehwag with aggresive batting but in thode days it was usually Tendulkar who used to give us a blistering start. I remember there was this commercial related to cricket which showed both of them batting together and the scorecard would read Tendulkar 45* and Sehwag 25*.

Sachin was truly a God back then. Never seen a better stroke player in my life.

Yeah I can recall it, two rookies from Aus ,Bracken and Brad Williams were just too much for us,infact,NZ the third team too had problem facing the new ball attack of Aussies

They could field their second xi aginst any team and still win it,such was their dominance then

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I don’t remember all the match results but during the 1996 tri series Aus-WI-Sl right before the 96 WC where SL were coming into their own and experimenting with Jaya-Kalu combo, I remember this funny incident, Jaya got hit on his “nuts” multiple times 3-4 games in a row by Mcgrath  and someone in the crowd had this creative caricature cutout of Jayasuriya holding his nuts with his eyes popping out (you know the ones with springs attached)  :laugh:. Will remember that forever. 

 

Same series Bevan played his first clutch knock with the tail in a low scoring game vs WI. I remember the game where Roger Harper claimed a clear bump catch and it was karma that Bevan hit him for a 4 on the last ball 

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34 minutes ago, Ankit_sharma03 said:

Always hated ian harvey , always made me wonder how his slower ones get so many wkts

and the number of catches we dropped in that game

 

Ian Harvey

Bracken

Brad Williams

All trundlers

 

And don't forget Andy bichel. If it wasn't for him we would have faced NZ in the 2003 wc final :((

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Suhaan said:

Yeah I can recall it, two rookies from Aus ,Bracken and Brad Williams were just too much for us,infact,NZ the third team too had problem facing the new ball attack of Aussies

They could field their second xi aginst any team and still win it,such was their dominance then

I think it was the same series where Dravid scored a brisk Fifty off 21 balls to equal an Indian record.

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3 minutes ago, Laaloo said:

Ian Harvey

Bracken

Brad Williams

All trundlers

 

And don't forget Andy bichel. If it wasn't for him we would have faced NZ in the 2003 wc final :((

 

 

Brad Williams wasn't a trundler,he regularly  bowled in excess of 140

I remember in 2004 vb series,he bowled quite a few deliveries above 145k

He rushed many of our batsmen in that series

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