Standstill at Eden Gardens: Have you ever come across that in India cricket match to a standstill that too for a players’ run-out? Ever did you witnessed that the crowd of 60,000 fans left the stadium before the crucial match is over?
THe Game to a standstill at Eden Gardens Highlights:
- Sachin Tendulkar Runout That Triggered A Huge Riot And Emptied An Entire Stadium at Eden Garden
- Sachin came out to try to calm them down but the fans were not backing down.
- Kolkata crowd wasn’t too pleased with what had happened
- Pakistan had no plans to call him back, and Sachin wasn’t too upset about the decision, but the crowd had other ideas
- India Vs Pakistan is always on fire but this games have more than once caused flare-ups off the field.
- Incident took place during the fourth innings of the Test
- Shoib Akhtar: Tendulkar’s wicket made him a star, he told Wisden.
- Nadeem Khan, who would later recall the run out as an absolute fluke.
- 70,000 fans disappeared from the stadium and never happened in the cricket history.
Watch: In the first test of the 1998/99 Asian Test Championship, Sachin Tendulkar was run out by Shoaib Akhtar before he could reach the crease. It was at this point on the field that temperatures rose, as the Kolkata crowd wasn’t too pleased with what had happened. Soon, things took an ugly turn.
Sachin Tendulkar was run out during the Asian Test Championship vs Pakistan after colliding with Shoaib Akhtar and failing to ground his bat properly when the ball struck the stumps. Pakistan had no plans to call him back, and Sachin wasn’t too upset about the decision, but the crowd had other ideas. Packed objects were hurled at the Pakistani fielders, causing them to take cover.
Sachin came out to try to calm them down but the fans were not backing down. Eventually the entire ground had to be evacuated and the match continued in front of empty stands. Pakistan won by 46 runs with nobody watching from the stadium and it was a day to forget as far as cricket is concerned. Since then, one cannot take in water bottles or containers. Basically anything that can be thrown onto the field is not allowed. It causes inconvenience to the fans, but lets be honest, they had it coming after this.
India-Pakistan cricket encounters are informed by immense passion and zeal amongst fans of the two nations. Given the discordant history between the two countries, these games have more than once caused flare-ups off the field.
This particular incident took place during the fourth innings of the Test. India stood at 143-2, positioned at a slight advantage in a chase of 279. Tendulkar’s presence at the crease meant everything to the Indian fans, and it was only a couple of games back that the Little Master had nearly won the Chennai Test with his stupendous 136 in trying circumstances.
The game to a standstill at Eden Gardens, he had been bowled for a duck in the first innings off a searing yorker by Akhtar, who later told Wisden India that Tendulkar’s wicket made him a star.
In the second innings, Wasim Akram ran in to bowl to Sachin, who clipped the ball towards deep mid-wicket. Nadeem Khan, who would later recall the run out as an absolute fluke, ran to collect the ball and darted it towards the bowler’s end. The shot had been timed well, and there was an easy three in it, however, Tendulkar seemed to be focused on the ball and didn’t notice the Pakistani fielder who had run in to collect the ball.
Akhtar, the fielder, had got close to the stumps but started backing up to collect the ball cleanly. As his back was turned towards Tendulkar, the event ended in a collision.
At the same time, the throw from the deep crashed into the stumps. Wasim Akram and Moin Khan appealed loudly, Akhtar clutched his back, while Tendulkar seemed sure that he had made his ground.
However, he hadn’t grounded his bat. The direct hit meant that Tendulkar’s stay at the wicket was over at 9, and India were now 145-3.
Commentating on the wicket, Ramiz Raja said, “This could be very unfortunate for Sachin, although Shoaib Akhtar’s intentions were really to stop that ball…”
Sanjay Manjrekar also seemed to express surprise at the manner in which the throw from deep cleanly connected with the stumps “Very easy run that was, (the ball) just came and hit the wicket, that doesn’t happen too often and that tangle there with the fielder was really the decider.”
However, the crowd at Eden Gardens felt that their star, and India’s main hope in the contest, had been cheated out of playing a match-defining innings. They started pelting stones and hurling abuses at the Pakistani players. The match had to be stopped, and eventually Tendulkar had to take to the field to placate the crowd.
While, Pakistan would go on to win the contest by 46 runs, they did so in nearly empty stands as riot-like situation had ensured that spectators were forcibly removed from the stands in the harshest possible manner. For all the controversies surrounding the game, it saw some brilliant cricket in the form of Saeed Anwar’s second-innings knock of 188 and Javagal Srinath’s match figures of 13-132.