The first T2oI between India and West Indies is set to be held on November 4 at the Eden Gardens, the venue of the 1993 Hero Cup semis, and final. India won the 1993 Hero Cup knockouts in dramatic fashion at Eden Gardens under the leadership of Mohammad Azharuddin to mark one of the most memorable triumphs in Indian cricket history. Co-incidentally, India had beaten West Indies in the final to win the trophy.
The first T20I between India and WI marks the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Hero Cup triumph in November. The Hero Cup or the CAB Jubilee Tournament was held to commemorate the Cricket Association of Bengal’s diamond jubilee. Although the league matches were held in different venues, the knockouts were held at Eden Gardens. And India won the knockouts in brilliant fashion to bag an unforgettable victory.
Cricwizz goes down memory lane to bring some of the finest memories of India’s 1993 Hero Cup triumph in the knockouts.
India vs South Africa semis in Hero Cup
India had posted a fighting total of 195 in the semis vs South Africa, thanks to Azharuddin’s brilliant captain’s knock of 90. India were struggling at 53/4 before a 95-run stand for the fifth wicket between Azhar and Pravin Amre (48) rescued India. India posted a below-par total of 195, and fell short of 2o-odd runs for a match-winning total.
Nevertheless, India gave a brave fight on the field, although South Africa looked to spoil the Men in Blue’s party. SA were cruising at 141/5 with Brian McMillain anchoring the chase. But India kept on fighting and picked up wickets at regular intervals.
Azharuddin’s masterstroke of his career
Mohammad Azharuddin had a great tournament as Azhar had a great tournament as captain-batsman in Hero Cup
With 6 needing off the last over, South Africa were favourites to win. Azhar played a gamble by throwing the ball to young Sachin Tendulkar who has not bowled before in that match, despite the presence of veteran Kapil Dev.
On the first ball, Fanie de Villiers ran himself out, going for a suicidal second run. It brought Allan Donald to the crease and Sachin bowled cleverly to concede 3 dot balls. Donald managed to get off the strike on the fifth ball to give McMillain the chance to score a boundary for the winning runs. McMillain tried a big heave, but could manage just a single and India romped home by just 2 runs. It gave the rise of Sachin Tendulkar as the bowler with golden arm and South Africa the tag of permanent chokers.
The fans at Eden Gardens lit up the stadium with torch flames as India advanced into the final with a thrilling finish.
Tendulkar’s magical last over
India vs West Indies final in Hero Cup
West Indies were the best team in the league, topping the group with 6 points, winning three matches out of four. They had even beaten India comprehensively in the league stage by 69 runs. However, India had momentum on their end with the thrilling win over South Africa in the semis and the crowd support was helping them throughout.
India posted 225/7 in their 50 overs with Vinod Kambli top-scoring with 68. West Indies were looking good at 101/4 with Carl Hooper anchoring the chase. Azhar then introduced Anil Kumble as his sixth bowler and the leg-spinner ran through the West Indies line-up with 6 for 12 in 6.1 overs as Windies were bowled out for 123. And India won the match comprehensively to spark celebrations across the ground.
Kumble was named man of the match, while Azhar was named player of the series for top-scoring in the tournament with 311 runs.