Sachin Tendulkar recalls mongoose ‘help’ for team India in 1993 win against South Africa

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar recently recalled how a mongoose helped his team in their breath-taking last over win in the semi-final of the Hero Cup at the Eden Gardens way back in 1993.

“I don’t know how many of you have noticed this but because it was the first day and night match, there was a mongoose which kept coming in the second half of the game,” Tendulkar was quoted by PTI.


Sachin believes that presence of the mongoose turned out to be lucky for the whole team as he defended 6 runs of the final over to give India a 2-run victory.

“We got some wickets when it came. Then there were some runs and again the mongoose came and we got wickets. So I was waiting for the mongoose to keep coming. The match got rather close and I ended up bowling the last over.”

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In the last over of the semi-final match bowled by Sachin, South Africa needed just 6 runs of the over to win and move in for the finals.  It was then when captain Mohammad Azharuddin chose the little master to bowl the final six balls.

During his over, Sachin bowled three dot balls to Allan Donald which was preceded by a runout. On the last ball, South Africa needed 4 runs and Brian McMillan failed to hit a boundary.

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