With 27 days to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to begin, we take a memorable trip back to the 1987 Reliance World Cup. One of the unforgettable innings in history of World Cup was played by the original Little Master, Sunil Gavaskar against New Zealand in Nagpur. The timely century – 103 of 88 deliveries, is a special knock of all-time for he hit the first, and only, ODI hundred of his career of 108 matches, while battling high fever!
One of the legends in the longer format of the game, Sunil Gavaskar was however criticized for his slow approach in the ODI format. During the World Cup 1987, defending champions India were seeking a big win against New Zealand in order to move to semifinals. New Zealand posted a target of 221, which was not quite fancy but India need to chase it down in 42.1 overs in order to top the group. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule in IST: Time Table, Fixture & Venue Details of all WC 2015 Matches
Sunil Gavaskar who opened for India was battling huge issues ahead of the tricky task against Black Caps. He was not only running a high temperature but also under pressure due to his last innings against Zimbabwe – Gavaskar scored 50 from 114 balls. The slow game has its affect on the net run rate of India, jeopardizing India’s chances to move to semis.
But none could have imagined what they saw unfold in front of their eyes as Sunil Gavaskar hammered Kiwis players around the park in Nagpur. In company of his fiery partner K Srikkanth, India raced to 50 in 7.1 overs. The third over by Ewan Chatfield is memorable for he hit two straight sixes and two fours off the first four balls of the over. India easily got to the total in 32.1 overs and registered a nine-wicket victory to enter semi-finals. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule: Complete Fixtures & Time Table of all Cricket World Cup 2015 Matches