“Whoever meets me for the first time, the first question that comes is about the last-ball six that Javed Miandad hit me for. It keeps happening. I have even started enjoying it now. Even when I am on the air doing commentary, I am reminded of the same as if it had happened recently.”

–Chetan Sharma, recalling the moment when Javed Miandad smashed him for six off his final delivery in the Australasia Cup 28 in 1986, Sharjah.

 

Pakistan needed four off the last ball, chasing India’s 245 to win the title, and the six that Javed Miandad hit made Sharma infamous. Even the mention of Sharjah, one of the venues of the first leg of IPL-7 in the UAE, now rekindles the last ball six memory.

“This keeps happening. I want to forget but people don’t let me do it as they keep asking. So, I am left with little choice. I tried my best to york Miandad and not give a loose delivery but it turned out to be a full toss. Javed was the best batsman and he hit it over the boundary,” Sharma has said. These are the memories we would rather hark back to vis-a-vis India, rather than those of warfare and hostility. Sport serves an instrumental purpose in creating happiness and good spirit. The last ball six, has lived on in our collective psyches, reminding us that greatness can be achieved, peacefully, and against all odds.