TODAY IN HISTORY - JAN 28 - CHANDRASHEKAR GETS ANGRY

The year was 1976. Eden Park hosted a test series between the host nations, New Zealand, and the mild-mannered Indians. Erapalli Prasanna took figures of 8-76 in the test series, which is still the best figures by an Indian bowler overseas. However, the test series was also known for other reasons. New Zealand was powering along at 1-110 when Bhagwat Chandrasekhar in particular with figures of 6-94 pulled the plugs for the Kiwis. In the second innings of the NZ innings was where all the controversy happened. After losing a couple of wickets, umpires Dennis Copps and Robert Monteith turned down numerous legitimate decisions including lbws and bat-pad catches. The crowd let their displeasure being felt by chanting “home team rules apply, boys”. Captain Sunil Gavaskar and the bowlers in Prasanna, Chandrashekar and Venkataraghavan were getting increasingly frustrated. The normally quiet Chandrashekar appealed vociferously after bowling Ken Wadsworth with the stumps splattered. The umpire surprisingly responded with, “he is bowled”. The cheeky Chandrashekar replied with: “I know he is bowled, but is he out?”. India went on to win the test match by 8 wickets.

Image credit: India Times

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Shakti Gounden