Bangalore: “And that’s out. Yes, it’s all over this time. Lost his nerve in the end, did Michael Holding.” More than 29 years on, those Indians who managed to hear the words over their own screams of delight have not forgotten them. We love sport because it throws up such moments that remain seared in the mind forever.
One such occurred in Kiev last Sunday. With Italy 1-2 down in the penalty shootout, Andrea Pirlo – the best player on the pitch by a distance – produced a delicate chip of such impudence that England never recovered. Quiet and soft-spoken, Pirlo chose the big stage and a cacophonic atmosphere to illustrate how star players leave their imprint at the most opportune moments.
That 1983 final turned India’s way with a moment of genius in the field. Kapil Dev’s running catch to send back a rampaging Viv Richards transformed the game, just as Javed Miandad’s last-ball six in Sharjah three years later changed the course of a rivalry. Later that year, India were at the receiving end of another magic moment, with Greg Matthews wheeling away in delight after trapping Maninder Singh leg before in the second tied Test.