Titan Cup 1996 (Ind v Aus at Bengaluru)
Titan Cup was a cricket tournament hosted by India & it took place in October/November, 1996. India, South Africa & Australia participated in this tri series. Sachin Tendulkar, Hansie Cronje & Mark Taylor were captains of India, South Africa & Australia respectively. My favourite ODI from this series was the one at Bengaluru when India faced Australia in the league match. Mark Taylor won the toss & Aussies chose to bat first. Australia made 215/8 in 50 overs thanks to a brilliant knock of 105 by their captain Mark Taylor. Indian team had 6 players from Karnataka in the playing eleven, a rare instance. And the match was taking place in Namma Bengaluru which made it more special for crazy cricket fans. Sujith Somasunder, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad & Sunil Joshi were all playing together. Aussie bowling attack included Glenn Mcgrath, Damien Fleming, Jason Gillespie, Brad Hogg & Steve Waugh (doing the 5th bowler duties). Indian chase began & we kept losing wickets. Mohammad Azharuddin was given out contoversially LBW which made the fans angry at the stadium & due to the disturbance caused the match had to be stopped for a while. Later Azharuddin came out & requested the fans not to cause disturbance so that the match could progress smoothly. He joined his hands & requested them not to do that. After around 20 minutes, crowd started behaving normally & the match continued. India were 42/3 when Azharuddin was out. Sourav Ganguly departed soon with India at 47/4. But our skipper Sachin Tendulkar was still batting. So every Indian fan had hopes of a victory. He put on a 69 run partnership with Ajay Jadeja. Then Jadeja departed. Steve Waugh who was used as the 5th bowling option then got Tendulkar trapped lbw for 88. India were 164/8 still needing 52 to win from 47 balls. And some of the fans had started leaving the Chinnaswamy stadium thinking that India would lose. Anil Kumble & Javagal Srinath (both Karnataka lads) were at the crease. And the cameraman somehow came to know that Anil Kumble’s mother had come to watch the match. So he kept moving his camera towards her & her sister in law (about whom Anil Kumble revealed on DRS with Ash recently). There was lot of craze among the fans. As the match was held on Vijaya Dashami day, one person was carrying the banner “Today Rama killed Ravana. So we will beat Kangaroos.” Srinath hit a straight six off Steve Waugh which made Kumble’s mom & her sis in law happy & they started celebrating with the crowd at the stadium. A perfect golden moment for a diehard cricket fan. Namma Bengaluru was roaring. Srinath made unbeaten 30 off 23 balls & Kumble remained unbeaten on 16 off 19 balls as India crossed the line with 7 balls to spare. Partnership was unbeaten 52 runs from 40 balls. Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar won the Man of the Match award. Later India went on to win the Titan Cup by beating South Africa in the final at Mumbai where Anil Kumble took 4/25 to win the Man of the match award.