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Lloyd’s applause was special: Yashpal Sharma

I was given the role of batting till the end. It sounded simple but facing a line up of Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, (the late) Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner wasn't easy, writes Yashpal Sharma.

cricket Updated: Jun 25, 2008 00:27 IST

I was given the role of batting till the end. It sounded simple but facing a line up of Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, (the late) Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner wasn't easy.

I scored 89 and got the man-of-the-match award. It was the most successful moment of my career and my life too. Not because I was Man-of-the-Match, but as I took the award, legends like Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Sunil Gavaskar and the Indian team clapped for me.

It was a tough journey, which we thought we would never be able to complete, till we beat the West Indies in the first match. We had several ups and downs, which could have forced us to lose focus, but we stuck together as a unit that was determined to achieve something that most people thought was beyond us.

Then came a do-or-die situation, as a win against Australia would have ensured a place in the semifinal. Needless to say, England were favourites in the last four stage but we had to win as our reputation was at stake. For the first time, we felt pressure.

Things did not go to plan initially and as wickets fell, the responsibility was on me. Like in the first match, I was very determined and went on to score 61 at a time when the team had its back against the wall. Once again, we had lived up to our tag of being the dark horses.

The odds were against us in the final but our biggest weapon were the all-rounders in our team. Kapil Dev, Roger Binny, Mohinder Amarnath, Kirti Azad, Ravi Shastri and Madan Lal went for the kill and we beat the Windies at Lord's.