The final Test match of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), during India’s 2003 Australian tour, turned out to be one of the most memorable ones for various exclusive events.
It was legendary Australian captain Steve Waugh’s final Test match of his career. Also, ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar brought up his career-best knock of 241*, continuing his love-affair at Sydney.
The knock holds a special place in cricketing history as Sachin did not play a single cover drive throughout his epic innings. Thereby, he displayed a great amount of resolute and discipline, proving to be an inspirational lesson for one and all.
Before his iconic Sydney double-ton, Sachin was repeatedly getting dismissed while playing the cover drive, for which he was famous for.
However, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra, who displayed great courage in the preceding Melbourne Test match, had a forgetful outing at Sydney.
Chopra started off brilliantly, performing his watchful duties up-front, batting of 45. His knock was cut short with a 147.5 kmph thunderbolt which beat Chopra all-ends up.
The video of the dismissal started doing rounds on Twitter when it got the attention of socially active Chopra.
Here’s the video:
Ind v Aus, 2 Jan 2004, SCG
— The Cricket Wire (@TheCricketWire) July 2, 2020
The cricketer-turned-broadcaster retweeted the post and wrote, “I’ve seen this a thousand times…played it in my head same number of times too. Unfortunately, for the exact same result. Why waste such a good delivery on me?? Should’ve saved it for @sachin_rt….I got out, he walked in and we know what happened next. 241*.”
I’ve seen this a thousand times…played it in my head same number of times too. Unfortunately, for the exact same result. 🙈😐 @BrettLee_58, why waste such a good delivery on me?? Should’ve saved it for @sachin_rt….I got out, he walked in and we know what happened next. 241*🤗 https://t.co/h3taE4zBpO
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 2, 2020
The match, which ended in a stalemate, was also special for the Indian team as they posted a record 705, which was their highest total in Test Cricket until then.