Two blazing innings in a single match. One very much like characteristics of the batsman, the other truly opposite.
Chika was usually very aggressive but on that day he was in the MOOD, blazing 75 of 58 balls. Unheard of those days when winning total was thought to be 250, 40/0 after 10 was considering best of the starts. A run a ball innings considered truly fast. And here was Chivalrous Chika with 130 strike rate, with an innings that wouldn’t be out of place in today’s slam bang T20.
His aggression strangely rubbed on Sunny too. Sunny played an unusually aggressive innings matching Chika stroke for stroke. You wouldn’t find other instances of Sunny brazenly hitting bowlers for six over their head, nope, never again.He ended up with his only ODI hundred with very NOT sunny SR of about 120. (His Career ODI SR is 62! )
Here are the highlights of the match in concern - India vs New Zealand 1987 World Cup at Nagpur.
P.S. - Did I mention a trifle matter of certain Chetan Sharma getting a 3 Bowled Hat-Trick, First ever in a World Cup?