When Kapil Dev avoided the follow-on in the most stylish fashion

With 9 wickets down, 24 required to follow-on and just Narendra Hirwani for company Kapil Dev did,what still remains one of the greatest part of India’s cricketing folklore

This day in 1990, India were 430/9 in reply to England’s 653/4 decl and required 24 runs to avoid the follow-on with Kapil Dev and Narendra Hirwani at the crease. Kapil blocked the first two balls from Eddie Hemmings, but what followed was one of the the most calculated and murderous assault in Test history. Each of the next 4 balls ,Kapil  freed his arms and smashed the the ball over the ropes four times in succession. These were not across-the-line slogs, but calculated clear and gigantic hits, over the bowlers head that were planned and executed to perfection.

Kapil Dev’s assesment of Hirwani’s batting ability proved to have been spot-on, as Angus Fraser got him leg-before with the very next delivery.

About Amritanshu Gupta

Amritanshu Gupta
Amritanshu Gupta is an award-winning Indian radio journalist known for his high profile radio campaigns.

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