When Shane Warne turned a World Cup semifinal on ‘quick and bouncy’ Mohali pitch | Cricket Information

Veteran curator Daljit recollects the magical spell which single-handedly gained the match for Australia
MOHALI: It will not be an understatement to say that Shane Warne left an indelible mark on nearly all cricket venues during which he performed.
The PCA stadium right here in Mohali was witness to Warne’s first magic spell in a world occasion. It was the World Cup semifinal in opposition to West Indies on 14 March 1996. In a match dominated by quick bowlers on a energetic pitch that provided steep bounce, Warne single-handedly gained the match for Australia within the final 10 overs as West Indies fell 5 runs in need of Australia’s 207.

To place the spell of 4/36 in perspective, one must get an thought of how the pitch behaved. Former BCCI chief curator Daljit Singh remembers the sport vividly. Mohali was nonetheless a brand new worldwide venue. The PCA stadium boasted of being the quickest and bounciest pitch in India. The attribute of the pitch was not like some other in India. Nonetheless, the tag got here when the West Indian bowlers damage and bounced out India to stage the Take a look at sequence in 1994.
Daljit shared an anecdote with TOI. “Within the 1996 World Cup semifinal, when Curtly Ambrose’s ball flew previous Mark Waugh and the wicketkeeper needed to leap to collect it, a BCCI administrator jumped from his seat and exclaimed to me: what have you ever made, Daljit?”
The West Indies tempo assault of Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Ian Bishop and Ottis Gibson had made life so powerful for Australian batters that they struggled to hit the ball off the sq. as they limped to a modest 207/8.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (80) and Brian Lara (45) ensured Windies wanted round 40 runs within the final 10 overs with eight wickets in hand. Shane Warne had different plans. “When Mark Taylor gave the ball to Warne with lower than 40 runs to defend, everyone within the stadium thought it was the incorrect factor to do,” Daljit stated.
“However what Warne did was magical. He choked the Windies batters. A great leg-spinner can at all times be very deadly on bouncy pitches. He had a cocked wrist place which allowed him to generate extra revolutions that assist to extract disconcerting bounce and he hurried the batters. He has at all times been an attacking bowler, he turned the match on its head in a matter of overs,” Daljit added.


Warne ensured the well-set Richie Richardson was stranded on 49 off 83 balls as he bamboozled the lower-middle order on the different finish. “In my enjoying days within the 60s and 70s each workforce used to have leg-spinners. However that pale with the arrival of ODI cricket. That evening, Warne confirmed there may be at all times a spot for an attacking leg-spinner,” he added.
Warne could have bowled innumerable magical spells by way of his profession, however the heroics of that evening in March 1996 will without end reverberate round this stadium.

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