sify sports
Home Astrology Business Classifieds Mobile Movies Samachar Shopping Sports Videos
Sify Home > Khel> ICC World Cup
Print Print Mail Mail
1996 – Eden goes berserk as India fall apart
Partab Ramchand

The World Cup returned to the sub-continent in 1996 and that automatically raised Indian hopes of winning it. The Hero Cup triumph in 1993-94 had underlined the fact that however dismal their away record was, at home, the Indians made for pretty formidable opposition.

The composition of the team also raised hopes. Sachin Tendulkar by this time was one of two leading batsmen in the world and around him were stars like skipper Azharuddin, Sanjay Manjrekar, Vinod Kambli, Navjot Sidhu and Ajay Jadeja.

The bowling in the hands of Manoj Prabhakar, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Anil Kumble and Venkatpathy Raju had a balanced look. Moreover, the format for the tournament made an Indian entry into the knockout quarterfinals a certainty. The number of teams had swelled to 12 and India were placed in group A along with Australia, Sri Lanka, West Indies Zimbabwe and Kenya. The top four teams would qualify for the quarterfinals and India was a shoo-in even at the start of the tournament.

India could not have asked for a better opener than a match against Kenya. And thanks to a splendid unbeaten 127 by Tendulkar, they romped home by seven wickets with 8.1 overs to spare. The Indians followed this up with another comfortable five-wicket victory over West Indies with Tendulkar again starring with a stroke-filled 70.

Already, virtually assured of a quarterfinal berth India took on Australia in a key match and in a well-contested encounter billed as ``Tendulkar vs Warne’’, Australia prevailed by 16 runs. Read moreread more

  Also Read
   Latest World Cup Headlines
   Latest World Cup Imagegalleries
   Exclusive Columns
   Woolmer probe: Full Coverage


Mark Waugh’s 126 enabled Australia to post a challenging 258 all out in 50 overs. Tendulkar with a superbly compiled 90 kept India in the hunt till his dismissal. Manjrekar (62) sustained the chase before India were all out for 242 in 48 overs.

There was nothing keen about the next contest however against Sri Lanka, who by now had emerged as strong contenders for the title. India led off with a seemingly imposing total of 271 for three in 50 overs with Tendulkar leading the run riot with a splendid run-a-ball 137 with eight fours and five sixes. With Azharuddin (72 not out) he shared a third-wicket partnership of 175 runs. But Sanath Jayasuriya made the Indian total look woefully inadequate hammering 79 off 76 balls with nine fours and two sixes. Skipper Arjuna Ranatunga (46) and Hashan Tillekeratne (70) then steered Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket victory with eight deliveries to spare by figuring in an unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 131 runs.

The two successive defeats, however, did not affect India’s chances of progressing in the tournament and they formally booked a berth in the quarterfinals with a convincing 40-run victory over Zimbabwe. This time it was Kambli who took the batting honours with a fluent 106 and he was supported by Sidhu (80) with whom he added 142 runs for the fourth wicket. With a record of three wins and two losses, India took third spot in the group behind Sri Lanka and Australia.

As luck would have it India drew Pakistan who finished second in group B in the quarterfinal. Predictably enough the match attracted a great deal of attention from the media and the public and in keeping with all the hype it turned out to be a tension-filled, action-packed game.

Batting first, India put up a challenging total of 287 for eight in 50 overs thanks in the main to Sidhu’s 93 off 115 balls at the top of the order and Jadeja’s brilliant cameo knock of 45 off only 25 balls in the middle-order. Pakistan stayed in the hunt till 184 for four but then Kumble got among the wickets and they ended up at 248 for nine in 49 overs.

With a meritorious victory behind them, India took on Sri Lanka with confidence in the semifinals at Calcutta. In a brilliant opening spell, Srinath dismissed Jayasuriya, Kaluwitharana and Gurusinha with only 35 runs on the board. But led by the in-form Aravinda de Silva (66), Sri Lanka made a splendid recovery to finish at 251 for eight in 50 overs.

India with Tendulkar again in rip-roaring form were on course at 98 for one. Tendulkar’s dismissal for 65, however, saw India slide sharply to 120 for eight in the 35th over. The spectators unable to come to terms with the shattering collapse started throwing bottles on the field and play was halted. With there being no improvement in the situation, match referee Clive Lloyd had no option but to award the match to Sri Lanka and it was a controversial and unhappy ending to India’s campaign.

About the only consolation was that India produced both the leading batsman and bowler in the competition in Tendulkar (523 runs at an average of 87.17 with two hundreds) and Anil Kumble (15 wickets at 18.67)

Print   Print    Mail   Mail  Post your comments   Post your comments  Rate this Feature Rate this Feature
Latest News
No positive dope tests at the World Cup
There were no positive dope tests at the recent World Cup in the West Indies, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.
Read more read more
Pakistan probe critical of Inzamam's Cup leadership
A committee probing Pakistan's embarassing first round exit at the cricket World Cup has cited "poor leadership" from captain Inzamam-ul-Haq as one of the causes.
Read more read more
Missing World Cup was a blessing: Lee
Australia fast bowler Brett Lee believes his forced withdrawal from the World Cup could prove a blessing disguise by extending his career.
Read more read more
Sify Mall OFFERS

Primex T-shirt 'Bernabue'

Cricket 07–EA CD-Rom

Sports and Fitness

Pink for U

World Cup Headlines : World Cup Interviews | World Cup Match Schedule | Wish India | India at the Cup
World Cup Past Finals : World Cup Final 1975 | World Cup Final 1979 | World Cup Final 1983 | World Cup Final 1987 | World Cup Final 1992 | World Cup Final 1996 | World Cup Final 1999 | World Cup Final 2003
World Cup Squad : India | Australia | New Zealand | Sri Lanka | South Africa | Pakistan | West Indies | England | Bangladesh | Zimbabwe | Kenya | Canada | Ireland | Netherlands | Scotland | Bermuda
World Cup Stats : World Cup Top Batsman and Bowlers | World Cup Top wicket takers | Team Records | Most Matches | Most wickets | Fastest century | Most runs getters | Fastest fifty | World Cup finals
World Cup Venues : Barbados | St Lucia | Jamaica | St Vincent | Grenada | Guyana | Antigua | Trinidad | St. Kitts

Home | Shopping | Samachar | Sifymax | MumbaiLive | Bangalorelive
© Copyright Sify Ltd, 1998-2006. All rights reserved. India News Portal, hosted at SifyHosting India's first Level 3 Internet Data Centre.
Site optimized for Internet Explorer 5.5 and above.
See Disclaimer | Privacy Policy & Parental Guidance on pornography | Careers@sify | About Us | Feedback | Advertise with us | Site Map