Cricket Addictor caught up with former Indian pacer, Chetan Sharma in a candid interview. Chetan Sharma was a legendary bowler during his stint in the international cricket. He holds multiple records to his name, the most prominent being his world cup hat-trick as he was the first bowler in the world to claim a world cup hat-trick.
Chetan Sharma had the opportunity of representing India in 23 Test matches and 65 One-Day Internationals (ODIs). He clinched 61 wickets in his Test career, and 67 wickets in the ODIs. He made his Test debut against arch-rivals Pakistan and became only the 3rd Indian bowler to pick his first Test wicket in the first over itself.
In the interview, Chetan Sharma talks about making his international debut with team India, his world cup hat-trick, and his role in India’s famous series win in England back in 1986. Catch the glimpses down under.
Chetan Sharma Opens Up On His Test Debut Against Pakistan
Speaking exclusively to CricketAddictor.com, Chetan Sharma said, “In the 1984 Pakistan tour, Sunil Gavaskar was our captain, I fondly remember. The way in which the team meetings are carried out and also in the practice sessions, you get a fair bit of idea that you’ll have the chance to play in the next game.”
“I had played international cricket prior to my Test debut but playing a Test match is every cricketer’s dream. I was informed a day prior to the Test debut that I’ll be playing in the next match. I still remember I bowled out Mohsin Khan only on the fifth delivery of my Test debut and it was a dream come true for me,” he added.
Chetan Sharma Shared His Story Of His World Cup Hat Trick
“In the world cup match that I scalped a hat-trick, I was smashed badly by the New Zealand batsmen. I never struggled in front of any batsman as I struggled in front of Martin Crowe. I was bowling a bit too fast in the hat-trick over because of the bad previous spell,” Chetan Sharma further said.
“I dismissed Rutherford and it was a delight watching the ball swing in and hit the middle stump. Then came Ian Smith and till the time his bat came down, his off-stump was knocked over. I started thinking of the hat-trick and so did my teammates after Smith’s wicket,” Sharma added.
“When Chatfield walked in to bat, he armoured himself in a manner as if he was coming to fight a war. Then we realized we already had won half the battle. I bowled the third ball as fast as I could and I was fortunate enough that the ball went through his legs and knocked his leg stump,” Sharma added.
Sharma further said, “What made the hat-trick even more special was the fact that all three balls had hit three different stumps. When I was on my peak, if I would have been asked to knock off three different stumps in three balls even without the batsmen guarding them, I wouldn’t have been able to do that.”
Chetan Sharma Reveals His Most Memorable Moment With Team India
“Going into England in the 1986 series, we had forgotten when India had last beaten them at home. I picked five wickets in the first innings played at Lord’s. I played two Test matches in England and I was able to pick 16 wickets, 10 of which had come in Edgbaston. We won the series 2-0,” Chetan Sharma said.
“For any cricketer, what he achieves in Test cricket will forever be his best memory. It goes the same for me as well. Although I might have been in the limelight for a couple of another record as well, but for me, my performance in England in 1986 is the most memorable one that I have had in my international stint,” he concluded.