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7th June 1975: When Sunil Gavaskar Crawled to 36 From 174 Balls

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 7, 2018, 10:49 AM IST
7th June 1975: When Sunil Gavaskar Crawled to 36 From 174 Balls

File image of Sunil Gavaskar playing a shot.(Getty Images)

ODI cricket has come a long way since it took force in the mid-70s. It’s been 43 years since India’s Little Master Sunil Gavaskar played his sluggish innings of 36 runs from a massive 174 balls in the Prudential World Cup against England.

The opener had a strike rate of 20.68, which involved just one boundary. Though the batsman remained not out in the innings, but that could not prevent India falling to a 202-run defeat. It was the biggest ODI victory till 1984-85.

What is ironical is that in the same match England’s Dennis Amiss scored 137 runs from just 147 balls at a strike rate of 93.19. Chris Old went one step better and struck a swashbuckling 51 from 30 balls. He boasted a strike rate of 170. That helped England post a target of 335 in 60 overs.

In the bowling department, Abid Ali returned with match figures of 2/58 in his 12 overs. In the entire tournament India just won one match against East Africa, and finished fifth in the tournament.

First Published: June 7, 2018, 10:49 AM IST

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