World Championship of Cricket final, Melbourne, 1985

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 05:07 hrs

Partab Ramchand

In a competition featuring the seven-Test-playing nations, India and Pakistan were not given much of a chance. But a combination of circumstances saw the two teams contest the final.

On the evidence of their having beaten Pakistan in the group match and since they had won all four matches played thus far, India were the favourites and they justified the tag by emerging victorious by eight wickets in Sunil Gavaskar's last match as captain.

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The nucleus of the World-Cup winning side two years ago was very much in tact and the team had been strengthened by the discovery of two prodigiously gifted cricketers in Mohammad Azharuddin and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan. India had bowled out every opposition on their way to the final and only missed making it five out of five by one wicket with Pakistan ending up with 176 for nine in 50 overs.

Building on a century partnership for the first wicket between Ravi Shastri (63 not out) and Kris Srikkanth (67), the Indians experienced no hiccups, winning by eight wickets with 2.5 overs to spare.

Siva's classic leg-spinner that had Javed Miandad hopelessly stranded and led to the Pakistan legend being stumped by Sadanand Viswanath is still remembered with affection, while Shastri is asked even today about the Audi car he won as the Champion of Champions.

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