LAHORE – The followers have voted Pakistan’s 12-run win over India at Chennai in 1999 as the best Take a look at match to this point within the nation’s 432-Take a look at historical past. The thrilling Take a look at was performed from 28 to 31 January with Pakistan getting back from behind to win back-to-back (Bangalore 1987 and Chennai 1999) Assessments on the Indian soil.
Within the voting interval, which ran from 26 to 29 July, 15,847 followers casted their votes on the PCB’s official Fb web page and Twitter deal with. With 65 per cent votes, 1999 Chennai Take a look at was an outright winner, whereas 1987 Bangalore Take a look at, 1954 The Oval Take a look at and 1994 Karachi Take a look at obtained 15 per cent, 11 per cent and 10 per cent votes, respectively. The ballot obtained practically 109,000 impressions on Twitter and achieved a attain of 1.02 million on Fb. Moreover, it additionally remained one of the crucial partaking social media exercise within the area in the course of the four-day interval.
The PCB had given a possibility to its followers and followers to vote for Pakistan’s biggest Take a look at as a part of its initiative to rejoice the launch of the World Take a look at Championship, which is able to happen in England right this moment (Monday). The difficult and tough activity of choosing 4 Assessments was carried out by an impartial and extremely revered panel of cricket consultants and historians, specifically Benedict Bermange, Mazher Arshad, Dr Nauman Niaz, Osman Samiuddin and Qamar Ahmed. The 4 Assessments chosen by the impartial panel had been: 1954 v England, The Oval, 1987 v India, Bangalore, 1994 v Australia, Karachi, 1999 v India, Chennai.
Wasim Akram, the captain of that Pakistan aspect, whereas reminiscing the Chennai Take a look at stated: “If all those that watched it reside can nonetheless get goosebumps, simply think about the feelings, reactions and emotions of those that had been instantly concerned in that match. We discuss rather a lot about strain cricket and a match of fluctuating fortunes, properly, if anybody desires to know what strain is and find out how to deal with and ship in it, then Chennai Take a look at is the benchmark.
“I used to be concerned in three of the 4 Assessments that had been shortlisted and can’t agree extra with the followers’ alternative of the 1999 Chennai Take a look at as Pakistan’s biggest Take a look at to this point. “For me, three issues from the Chennai Take a look at will all the time stay contemporary: Shahid Afridi’s elegant 141 within the second innings, Saqlain Mushtaq’s five-for in each the innings and Chennai crowd’s standing ovation. Let’s not neglect this was our first Take a look at in India for the reason that 1987 Bangalore Take a look at victory and we had arrived in Chennai not sure of the general public response. “So, our 12-run victory was additionally Chennai crowd’s victory and the followers’ resolution is a testomony to that,” he stated.
“Pakistan has featured in a few of the most fascinating and memorable Assessments of their proud historical past. I really feel humbled that the Take a look at I used to be concerned in as my nation’s captain has been voted by the followers as the best Take a look at for which I’m grateful. By some means, the followers have right this moment made me really feel as if my profession has been accomplished,” Wasim added.
Shahid Afridi, who scored a complete of 152 runs within the match and took three wickets within the first innings, stated: “Now, that the followers have voted the 1999 Chennai Take a look at as Pakistan’s biggest Take a look at, it’s a good icing on the cake. I really feel honoured to have been a part of that mercurial aspect that had all of the grace, class, expertise and above all, potential to win from any stage.
“These near that staff know my choice was not an easy one regardless of taking 5 wickets in an innings in my earlier Take a look at. As such, to get an opportunity to play within the Chennai Take a look at after which contribute within the staff’s success was one thing I used to be all the time very happy with.
“Even when Sachin Tendulkar and Nayan Mongia had stitched a 136-run partnership to edge India nearer to victory, we had remained assured and upbeat. In my profession, I’ve seen just a few occasions the identical on-field ambiance, starvation for victory and the gamers’ physique language like in that Take a look at.
“Cricket is all about strain, however the 1999 Chennai Take a look at uncovered the Pakistan cricket staff to a novel and totally different kind of strain that by some means inspired the gamers to carry out their finest as their motivation and willpower to win continued to extend with each session.”
“Chennai Take a look at was the start of Saqlain Mushtaq, the magician and inventor of doosra. He bowled tireless along with his guile and craft, stored the India batmen at bay. Historical past will bear in mind his second innings dismissal of Tendulkar, caught by Wasim Akram at covers, as one of many priceless beauties of Take a look at cricket.
“200 and thirty-six Take a look at cricketers have represented Pakistan in 432 Assessments. Every participant is particular and every Take a look at necessary to us. On this background, I need to thank all of the followers who’ve voted for the 11 who figured within the Chennai Take a look at of 1999. This honour and respect means rather a lot to all of us.” The followers extensively mentioned the ballot and the native media additionally joined them in celebrating the nation’s wealthy cricketing legacy.
Pakistan Cricket Board Managing Director Wasim Khan stated: “I’m delighted that the followers acquired a possibility to recollect and cherish the epic feats of our staff. I congratulate the celebrities of the 1999 staff. That the victory remains to be being celebrated after greater than 20 years underscores its magnificence and what it means to the followers of Pakistan cricket. “I additionally need to thank the media for extending their help to us by offering air-time and column inches to this ballot and turning it into an enormous success.
“Pakistan is a proud Take a look at nation and we’re happy to hitch the ICC within the launch of the distinguished ICC World Take a look at Championship. I’m hopeful that by offering context to each Take a look at match all over the world, we are going to see a rise within the fan base for the format. “Pakistan will proceed to play its function within the growth of the sport.
I anticipate a report viewership for the ultimate of the ICC World Take a look at Championship in June 2021 which, hopefully, Pakistan shall be part of.”
SCORES IN BRIEF
PAKISTAN: 238 all out (Moin Khan 60, Mohammd Yousuf 53, Wasim Akram 38, Saeed Anwar 24; Anil Kumble 6-70, Javagal Srinath 3-63) and 286 all out (Shahid Afridi 141, Inzamam-ul-Haq 51, Saleem Malik 32, Mohammad Yousuf 26; Venkatesh Prasad 6-33, Sachin Tendulkar 2-35)
INDIA: 254 all out (Saurav Ganguly 54, Rahul Dravid 53, Sadagoppan Ramesh 43; Saqlain Mushtaq 5-94, Shahid Afridi 3-31, Wasim Akram 2-60) and 258 all out (Sachin Tendulkar 136, Nayan Mongia 52; Saqlain Mushtaq 5-93, Wasim Akram 3-80, Waqar Younis 2-26)
Participant of the match – Sachin Tendulkar (India)