In the latest 81allout podcast we look back at South Africa’s tour of India in 1996-97.
India continued their winning run at home, pulling off a close win at Ahmedabad. South Africa came back with a dominating win in Calcutta. And India rounded off the series with a resounding victory in Kanpur.
We talk about the all-too-familiar orientalist attitudes of visiting teams of that era, the revolving-door of openers for India, the Test debuts of Laxman and Klusener, of Indian cricketers whose careers met an unlikely end in this series, Kumble’s perfect cover drive, Srinath’s breathtaking spells, and the singular thrill of watching Azhar counter-attack.
Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)
Aftab Khanna (@aftabkhanna)
Deepak Rao (@RaoDepk)
Javagal Srinath 6/21 in Ahmedabad, 1996 – Youtube video
Wolf in sheep’s clothing – Tom Eaton on Javagal Srinath
Mohammad Azharuddin 109 (77) in Calcutta, 1996 – Youtube video
Azharuddin’s incredible Eden classic on a burning deck – Arunabha Sengupta
Mohammad Azharuddin 163 in Kanpur, 1996 – Youtube video
Azharuddin 106 in Adelaide, 1992 – Youtube video
Azharuddin 121 at Lord’s, 1990 – Youtube video
Lead image from here