Cricket World Cup’s Greatest Moments – When The Clocks Stopped Ticking

Cricket World Cup

Cricket World Cup

On a World Cup afternoon down in Brisbane in 1992, South Africa’s hopes of making the semifinal were tottering. After a politically forced absence for 21 years, they were making a comeback to international cricket and started off in the best possible manner beating Australia. But they were soundly beaten by Sri Lanka and New Zealand and they faced a must-win situation against the eventual champions Pakistan.

It didn’t help matters that they could manage only 211/7 in their 50 overs. But the inexplicable Duckworth-Lewis method came to their rescue and Pakistan now required 194 in 36 overs. But young Inzamam Ul Haq, who had made 48 from 44 balls, was looking dangerous along with his skipper Imran Khan and threatened to take the match away from South Africa.

The score read 135/2 in the 31st over when Inzamam went for a heave down the legside and it flew of the pad to point. Inzy took off for a single and was sent back by his captain. And then the clocks stopped ticking! A blue eyed 22 year old, who was lurking at backward point sprinted in, swooped down, picked the ball in his right hand, continued his run, dived head first with body parallel to the ground and with his arm outstretched dismantled the stumps as Inzamam was caught short of his crease. Jonty Rhodes had announced his arrival in International cricket.

Rhodes took another remarkable catch to dismiss Ijaz Ahmed as Pakistan collapsed and South Africa went on to win the match by 20 runs and made the semifinals. Over the next decade Jonty Rhodes redefined the term ‘fielding’ as he left many a batsman stunned and the crowds delighted with his airborne, inhumane, gravity defying catches but that spectacular run out on that rainy evening in Brisbane tops them all. Inzamam won’t argue that.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Monish Menon

Author:

Hi, I am Monish Menon from Hyderabad. I am 22 and currently working at Franklin Templeton Investments as a Compliance Business Analyst. Sport has always been my passion since I was a kid. Apart from being a diehard Manchester United fan and a Ferrari supporter, I believe that Roger Federer is still the best tennis player and Sachin Tendulkar is God. I play club cricket and I also am a part of my organization’s cricket and football squad. Being such a sports fanatic, writing about it is something that came naturally to me and I am glad that I got an opportunity through thesportsmirror.com to share my thoughts with the rest of the world. For other articles written by me, you can visit my blog at www.monishmenon.blogspot.com


Warning: file_get_contents(https://graph.facebook.com/?ids=http://www.thesportsmirror.com/2010/12/cricket-world-cup%e2%80%99s-greatest-moments-%e2%80%93-when-the-clocks-stopped-ticking/): failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden in /home4/thesport/public_html/wp-content/themes/tsm/single.php on line 64

Cricket

The harsh reality of a sportsperson

The harsh reality of a sportsperson

Posted by: Monish Menon on November 28th, 2014

November 27, 2014 would be one of the darkest days for me a cricket fan and as a fellow cricketer. One bouncer is all it took to reduce a game to a matter of li ..

Football

Bharat FC bag New Zealand international Kris Bright

Bharat FC bag New Zealand international Kris Bright

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on November 27th, 2014

Bharat FC has signed its first player for the 2014-15 season of the I-League, acquiring New Zealand international Kris Bright on a season-long contract. Bright ..

Tennis

Just another day’s work

Just another day’s work

Posted by: Renuka Raghavan on August 21st, 2014

Federer struts into the US Open, armed with the 80th feather in his career cap, with a Cincinnati win – incidentally his sixth win on the surface. Often d ..

F1

High Speed Action shifts to Capital for the penultimate round of the 17th JK Tyre Racing Championship

High Speed Action shifts to Capital for the penultimate round of the 17th JK Tyre Racing Championship

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on November 7th, 2014

New Delhi: The Buddh International Circuit would once again reverberate with the sound of high-power engines going full throttle and the smell of burning rubber ..

Boxing

ESPN STAR Sports Signs up a 5 Year TV Broadcast Rights Deal with Super Fight League (SFL)

ESPN STAR Sports Signs up a 5 Year TV Broadcast Rights Deal with Super Fight League (SFL)

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on March 14th, 2013

New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 13, 2013: ESPN STAR Sports, Asia’s leading sports broadcaster, today announced a 5 year broadcast deal with Super Fight Lea ..

Other Sports

Viswanathan Anand beat World Champion Magnus Carlsen

Viswanathan Anand beat World Champion Magnus Carlsen

Posted by: Atish Home Chowdhury on November 12th, 2014

Viswanathan Anand successfully beat the World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Sochi in Russia. The occasion was perfect and the Indian chess Grandmaster didn’t mis ..

One stop guide to all the sports news, reviews, opinions, fixtures and live scores from India and around the world. A true reflection of sports.

Copyright © 2012 | The Sports Mirror