Last-ball six in Sharjah: 27 years on, Miandad and Tauseef still celebrate

Published: April 18, 2013

April 18 was the day when Miandad hit a six off the last ball of the innings delivered by India’s Chetan Sharma when Pakistan needed four to win. PHOTO: APP/ FILE

KARACHI: Twenty-seven years on, memory of the famous last-ball six in Sharjah still delights the nation and the hero on that day – Javed Miandad – is no exception.

April 18 was the day when Miandad hit a six off the last ball of the innings delivered by India’s Chetan Sharma when Pakistan needed four to win. The victory gave Pakistan the 1985-86 Austral-Asia Cup and a moment that would be cherished for a long time to come, celebrating the win over their archrivals India.

The legendary batsman was reminiscing the game’s most celebrated six as he marked the 27th anniversary at his home ground at the National Stadium in Karachi yesterday.

During a candid talk with the media, Miandad rushed towards Tauseef Ahmed who appeared at the scene by accident.

Tauseef, the number 11 during the match, cleverly rotated the strike on the penultimate delivery to give Miandad the strike for the final ball.

Both were then seen hugging during the surprise meet yesterday with Miandad kissing Tauseef’s cheeks several times.

“What he [Tauseef] did was exceptional,” Miandad said while praising his former teammate. “It was a pressure situation and he deserves credit for my six because I got the strike due to his crucial single.”

The former captain, while recalling the six, said it was still a lesson for cricketers.

“This tells batsmen to stay at the wicket because runs can come anytime. It was one of the most memorable moments for me because it boosted our cricket and united the nation. I still remember it like yesterday.”

Miandad suggests ‘15-20’ players per team

Meanwhile, the batting legend came up with a unique suggestion of fielding 15-20 players in the team.

“Why continue with 11 players per side. There was not much population in our times but now it has multiplied.

“More players should be given a chance to play in a playing team.”

To a query, the former captain said cricket is not played on laptops.

“Cricketers are made after hard work under the scorching sun and not on laptops,” he said, while lamenting the current players’ unwillingness to learn.

“Not a single cricketer has approached me to seek guidance yet. The hunger to learn is not present the way it used to be in our times.”

He added that he was ready to serve the country, saying he will accept an offer if approached for coaching after Dav Whatmore’s contract expires.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2013.

Reader Comments (26)

  • chengez K
    Apr 19, 2013 - 1:15AM

    One of the happiest days of my life as I celebrated that six with my late father !!!!

    Long Live Miandad,,,,long live Tauseef

    Long Live Pakistan

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  • Amir Khan
    Apr 19, 2013 - 3:05AM

    surely the happiest moment for Pakistan cricket after the 1992 World Cup. The Sharjah six has a major role in producing great cricketers afterwards

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  • Ahmed
    Apr 19, 2013 - 3:09AM

    That was indeed epic..

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  • Aamir
    Apr 19, 2013 - 5:57AM

    Why shouldnt they celebrate? I saw a report on Indian media saying that last ball six still haunt Indian cricket

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  • Aamir
    Apr 19, 2013 - 5:59AM

    But what that strange suggestion of playing 15-20 players in a match..that means bigger stadium…haaaaaaaaahaa

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  • Irtiza
    Apr 19, 2013 - 8:35AM

    What a lovely day it was. Tauseef hardly managed to make that important single as the Indian fielder could not run him out after Tauseef just played the ball towards extra cover and ran for the single.

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  • Zezu
    Apr 19, 2013 - 1:06PM

    All i remember was how clumsy run was that after hitting the six;

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  • Apr 19, 2013 - 6:42PM

    He stayed not out and scored a century in that match. It is safe to say that it is one of the best ODI innings by a Pakistani player.

    Ali Khan

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  • Mobile key
    Apr 20, 2013 - 1:36PM

    My god! Move on man.

    Only a failed state with nothing else to celebrate can be so obsessive about a cricket match that took place some 30 years ago.

    Why don’t you celebrate the arrest of Musharraf now?

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  • Babablacksheep
    Apr 20, 2013 - 6:14PM

    @Mobile key:
    still burning even after 30 years? that is the reason to celebrate:D

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  • abacus
    Apr 20, 2013 - 6:32PM

    this is guy is a constant and incessant complainer. and a great cricketer.

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  • Raj786
    Apr 20, 2013 - 9:13PM

    @Babablacksheep: so your joys depend on our burning cooool
    :-P

    U dont hv ur own somthing to enjoy?

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  • Viktor
    Apr 21, 2013 - 9:20AM

    Salute to pakistan’s optimism!
    India have so much to celebrate of, the olympc 6 medals, then the snooker/chess/rowing championships, not to forget, the sucess of IPL, and then the main, India defeats pakistan in 2003 world cup, then dramatically in the 1st international ‘Bowl out’ in the 1st T20 WC which witnessed the accuracy of pakistani bowlers, and the final humiliation. Not to frget india’s ICC WC semi finals, which was obviously fixed because pakistan lost and indian players took money to play better. Still we celebrate for a day or so? and then move onn.
    The point is my good sir, good/bad both are part of a life, accept it, and move on! But this dude in the pic,, still stuck back in time since 30years! Influenced by the movie 50 first dates? Lol. History is a nice place to visit, but not a good place to stay in it.

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  • Rashid
    Apr 21, 2013 - 2:51PM

    @Viktor
    should have know that few Indians will intrude and will ruin this thread…

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  • C V R Bharati
    Apr 21, 2013 - 4:57PM

    It was a great sixer by Miandad. No doubt about it.

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  • It'sSllOk
    Apr 21, 2013 - 8:24PM

    Well..people celebrate an event which happened 27 years ago when they don’t have any other event to celebrate about in recent memory. I hope he is not celebrating his family relationship with Dawood, a known terrorist.

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  • It'sSllOk
    Apr 21, 2013 - 8:27PM

    @Babablacksheep:

    “still burning even after 30 years? that is the reason to celebrate:D”

    This is the attitude which has already ruined Pakistan. Nothing to celebrate there.

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  • Tareen
    Apr 22, 2013 - 1:44AM

    @victor. Don’t forget, in head to head tallies, Pakistan is still way ahead of India in terms of matches won in both Tests and ODI. And we did beat you most recently in the ODI series. Now to your point about “staying in the past”; there are certain moments in history, including sporting history, that are iconic. Iconic because they produce icons and memories that are everlasting. And the more distant they become from the past, the more valuable those moments become. So you should examine your presentist biases more critically. The past is not as removed from the present as you may think, if thinking is something you ever do.

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  • Goran
    Apr 22, 2013 - 6:04AM

    @Victor, i wouldn’t have commented but an now after reading your comment. In 1994 Pakistan was a world champion in 3 sports (Cricket, Hocky, Squash) and had an champion in amateur snooker as well (M. Yousuf). Has India ever been a world beater in 3 different sports at the same time??

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  • Indian
    Apr 22, 2013 - 7:01PM

    @Goran:
    india is currently champion at chess , cricket and also kabaddi.

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  • antanu g
    Apr 23, 2013 - 12:54AM

    @Mobile key:
    it is shameful…..why cant you leave the game alone …and then why did we celebrate 25 yrs after winning the world cup? Well for a ‘failed mind” there is nothing but to make weird comments.

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  • Goran
    Apr 23, 2013 - 3:28AM

    @Indian, thanks for info :)

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  • Irtiza
    Apr 23, 2013 - 9:17AM

    Why every news item is turned into an India Pakistan conflict? There are other good memories also, but that six made us believe in winning tournaments as that was Pakistan’s 1st major tournament title. I remember Asif Mujtaba scoring a six of the last ball to tie the match against Australia in Australia, but there was something special about Miandad’s last ball six.

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  • Goran
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:03PM

    correct Irtiza, that six was a turning point in Pak cricket history, a watershed moment….within a yr or so of the Six, we drew 1-1 with WI (at home), beat India in India and England (both at home & abroad) in Test series, also beat Australia 3-0 at home in 1988, again drew 1-1 with WI in 1988. That was also the start of a golden era of winning numerous Sharjah ODI tournaments, which more or less continued till 2000.

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  • Imran
    Apr 24, 2013 - 3:32AM

    Yes that was really a turning point for Pakistan cricket with many legends coming after getting inspiration from Miandad’s six

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  • Rahul
    Apr 24, 2013 - 2:33PM

    Must admit it was an awesome shot in a tense moment…….

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