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On 30th anniversary, recalling India’s only Tied Test

In the thick of action at Chepauk, Maninder Singh reflects the thrilling finish

It is exactly 30 years to the day when for the second time in the history of cricket that a Test match was tied. To this day, the feat hasn’t been repeated. While Australia was in the mix of the things for a second time as well, it was the first and only time for India.

As the Kapil Dev-led India chased 348, Australian Greg Matthews bowling to the 11th man looked to restrict India. Maninder Singh was on strike after Ravi Shastri had taken a single to tie the thrilling encounter on the fourth day of the first Test of the series against Australia in the September of 1986 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. However, he was trapped lbw by the bowler with India on 347.

Reflecting on the moment, Maninder Singh said, “I think about everything in the present, and in present if you think about it, it is just two tied Tests in the history of the Test match cricket and I was a part of it. I can’t change it now, can I? I think it is one of the greatest Test matches ever played.” 

Remembering his conversation with his partner Shastri, who remained unbeaten on 48, the former India cricketer said, “Ravi first said take a single so that you can tie it then even if you get out, you don’t lose the Test match. So that was the plan and that is exactly how we went about it. There was a big gap on the off side and I thought that I could just push the ball and take a single and win the Test match for the country, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. As a result, we had the second tied Test and such a feat has never happened since.”

Looking back and recalling the atmosphere in the dressing room, he said, “Everybody went quiet because at one stage, it looked like that we were going to win the game hands down and it came to a stage where it ended up in a tie, so I think for that moment we were all very quiet but afterthoughts were that it is one of the greatest Test matches that we ever played. Both teams were so competitive, hats-off to the Australians as well. Forget about the couple of bad decisions or whatever that’s all part of the game, but I think the Australians played the way they do because at one stage the Australians also must have thought this Test match has gone out of their hands the way we batted on the fifth day on that pitch, but at the end of the day when I think about it now or probably after a month of the tied Test match everybody must have started thinking that Test match deserved the way it ended.”

BCCI Staff

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Team India bond over music

Head Coach Anil Kumble surprises the boys by organizing a jam session

In one of his addresses to the team, Head Coach, Anil Kumble had mentioned that confidentiality is something he rates highly. On Sunday (July 3), he proved why with a surprise team bonding session. The boys were asked to gather for a motivational talk in the evening, but much to their delight, the team were greeted by actor-musician Vasundhara Das and drummer Roberto Narain’s group, Drumjam.

Welcomed to the beats of drums, the Team India members quickly joined in and what followed was an evening filled with musical notes, fun, laughter, dance and a stronger connect between players and the support staff. Always ready to shake a leg, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli took charge and their rhythm was infectious. R. Aswhin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav and Rohit Sharma made sure the party was high on energy.

The room soon reverberated with the sounds of drums and tambourines. One group that preferred tambourines over drums was asked to dance and the task was completed with much fanfare with Mr. Kumble too participating without any hesitation.

What made this surprise session special was the presence of MS Dhoni, India’s limited-overs captain. The Captain Cool patiently listened as the musicians gave quick instructions on playing the drums. “It is important to enjoy the period, which is tough. But till (the time), you stick together and enjoy as a group, I don’t think there is anything that will stop you. Make sure you have a lot of fun. The forty-five minutes that we spent here means we can have fun anywhere in the world. We just need the company of us,” said Dhoni in his trademark style.

For Kohli, the evening was one to cherish. “This is more of a life lesson than a cricket lesson. A lot of us will remember this day for what we did. Not many of us know how to dance and play the drums, but we tried and ended up having a lot of fun. We can try our best, be honest about what we do and good things will happen,” he observed. 

Moulin Parikh

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