Ahmedabad was the venue and India’s World Cup winning skipper, Kapil Dev was already criticised in certain quarters for prolonging his career. The wickets dried out, and in Javagal Srinath and Manoj Prabhakar, the team had a reliable strike force. There was also skipper Mohammed Azharuddin’s reliable battery of spinners for support, spearheaded by Anil Kumble. Some accused the ‘Haryana Hurricane’ for sticking around just because he could break the all-time World record set by Richard Hadlee, who finished at 431 wickets. Also Read - Mystery Outage? Twitter Is Back Now After It Stopped Working For Users Across the World
Heading into the Motera, India were in excellent form. Only months ago, Azhar’s side had polished off England, whitewashing them in the process and looked poised to do the same here, having registered comfortable wins in the first two Tests. Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga won the toss and elected to bat on spin-friendly conditions. It was Kumble who gave India the opening breakthrough, trapping opener Roshan Mahanama in front. Kapil continued at the other end. Also Read - Gandhi Jayanti 2020: 15 Quotes From Mahatma Gandhi About Kindness And Compassion Being The Top Life Mantras
Hashan Tillakaratne got a faint edge and Sanjay Manjarekar at forward short-leg took a smart catch. Hadlee’s record was finally broken after what felt like an age. There were wild celebrations by the players, who had converged around Kapil. Sri Lanka never recovered from there and collapsed to a cheap first innings score. It also happened to be skipper Azhar’s 30th birthday and he led from the front with the bat, scoring a terrific 152 when the ball was moving quite a bit. None of the other Indian batsman made a notable impact as Azhar. In reply, Sri Lanka were bamboozled by left-arm spinner Venkatpathy Raju for the second time in the game. The Andhra Padesh spinner finished with a 11-wicket haul in the game. India completed the series whitewash with a innings and 17-run win. Also Read - India Has Highest COVID Recoveries, Least Deaths Per Million: Health Ministry
Kapil’s final hurrah came a year later during India’s New Zealand tour, which also marked the birth of Sachin Tendulkar the opener — an important chapter in the history of Indian cricket. Kapil held the record till 2000, before West Indies pace ace Courtney Walsh overtook him.