Feeling convinced that the legendary batch of the 1985 Team India would have given Virat Kohli & Co. a run for their money, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri on Tuesday also recalled his intense rivalry with Pakistan great Javed Miandad when the arch-rivals played a memorable final in the World Championship of Cricket. Shastri, who currently serves as the head coach of Kohli-led side was instrumental in India’s 1985 World Championship triumph.
Commonly recalled as the Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket, the Australia mega-event lived up to its billing as the marquee fixture saw arch-rivals India and Pakistan locking hrns at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Reminiscing the epic clash, Shastri recalled how Miandad would do anything to get under the opposition’s skin on the ground.
Shastri recalled that ‘stuffing’ Pakistan in the final remains his favourite cricketing memory. He also opened up about how Miandad competed for the Player of the Tournament award at the time. An Audi 100 sedan was gifted to Shastri for being the player of the tournament as India led by Sunil Gavaskar outlasted Pakistan in a one-sided final. Miandad scored 48 off 92 balls and propelled Pakistan to a meagre total of 176/9 in 50 overs. In response, Gavaskar & Co. chased down the target in 47.1 overs to smash Pakistan by 8 wickets.
“Stuffing Pakistan in the final is my favourite memory. He tried to get it [award]. But honestly, Javed had no chance of getting the Audi. He would try to get under your skin on the field,” Shastri said during ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’ show on channel’s FB page.