Chetan Sharma needs no introduction. The former India fast-bowler holds a very special place in Indian cricket history and folklore. Having made his debut at an early age of 17, he went on to prove his critics wrong who had written him off because of his height.
He went on to play nearly 100 international games for India across formats. In his international career that lasted for a decade, he gave the Indians fans a number of memorable memories. On the tour of England in 1986, he took 16 wickets in two Tests, including the first ten-wicket haul by an Indian bowler in that country.
In the following year, he became the first Indian to take a hat-trick in ODIs and also the first overall to take it in a World Cup. He dismissed Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield of New Zealand during the must-win clash in the 1987 World Cup and helped India enter the semifinal where they lost to England.
Chetan Sharma opens up on his journey:
With cricket fans and cricketers across the world currently at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chetan Sharma decided to use the opportunity to interact with his fans and open up on the unknown details of his career. The former fast-bowler was live on Facebook through Unite4Cricket and shared some interesting anecdotes about his life.
He started by urging people to listen to PM Narendra Modi and stay inside to fight the pandemic. Chetan Sharma then opened up on how he met Kapil Dev for the first time when he was leading an U12 side and then went on share the new ball duties with the legendary player for India.
He also recalled an incident when he was not being allowed the meet the Indian team after it returned to the country following the historic triumph in the 1983 World Cup. But just few months later, he made his debut for India and went on to partner Kapil Dev for nearly 5 five years.
Here is the full video: