Venkatesh Prasad along with Javagal Srinath was a formidable bowling attack in elate 90’s. The 49-year-old was known for troubling the batsman with his accurate line and length. Today he celebrates his 50th birthday and we relive the moment that has been etched in the minds of Indian cricket fans for years.
The stage was set for arch-rivals India and Pakistan to clash against each other in the quarterfinal stage of the 1996 World Cup. The match was being played at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Even before the match started Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram decided to pull out of the match at the last moment.
The Indian batting led by Navjot Singh Sidhu’s fighting knock of 93 runs and some late fireworks with the bat by all-rounder Ajay Jadeja(45 runs of 25 balls); led the Indian charge as the home team posted 287/5 in 50 overs.
In reply Pakistan openers Saeed Anwar and stand-in captain Aamer Sohail scored 84 off the first 10 overs to put the home side under pressure. The spectators inside the Chinnaswamy Stadium were left in a state of shock as the home side looked for the breakthrough.
The Moment that changed the game in India’s favor
Saeed Anwar was dismissed for 48 runs as Pakistan put on 84 run stand for the opening partnership. Sohail continued his onslaught on Indian bowlers and brought up his half-century at more than a run a ball. The incident occurred on the 5th ball of the 14th over. Sohail slashed Prasad to the boundary through the extra-cover fence, as the bowler looked at the batsman Sohail pointed his bat towards that region as if to say, “Go, fetch that”.
In the very next delivery, Sohail tried to repeat the shot but saw his off stump went for a cartwheel. A charged-up Prasad gave him a send-off (“Go home, you f****** bastard”) as the crowd erupted in joy.
Sohail’s wicket turned out to be the downfall for Pakistan as wickets kept on tumbling as India won the match by 39 runs and entered the semi-final.
This moment is etched forever in every cricket fan’s minds. Perfect time to take everyone in a rewind!!! Happy Birthday Venkatesh Prasad! pic.twitter.com/uXemQmYjkq
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 2018