November 23, 1996 was a day that Indian cricket fans will want to not forget.
India won their first Test against South Africa and the Ahmedabad crowd was witness to one of the best spells of fast bowling in the sub-continent.
Javagal Srinath produced six magical deliveries that saw the South African batsmen crumble. Chasing a mere 170 to win, the visitors collapsed from 96/4 to 105 all out.
The best part about Srinath’s victims were that he took 2 wickets in 2 balls on 3 occasions.
He snared Andrew Hudson and Daryl Cullinan before the South Africans got off the mark and it was pretty downhill for the Proteas from there on.
It was a spell fans still talk about more than 20 years down the line. In fact our guess is the South Africans have not forgotten it either!
But for a young man who had just entered double digits, this brought a new revelation. Yours truly was brought up believing spin was the potent weapon that India had. Now that was not the case, we could be deadly with pace too. The myth was shattered. Which is why now almost 22 years later, I feel proud to see our pacers do well. The precedent was set on that day by Srinath against the best team in the world.
News credit : Indiatimes