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Australia vs India, 1992

Venkatapathy Raju applauds Javagal Srinath's shot instead of running as India fall short of the 236-run target by just one run, recounts G Krishnan.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2007 16:43 IST
G Krishnan

The match will be remembered for the hara-kiri by the last Indian pair of Javagal Srinath and Venkatapathy Raju and a last ball finish that gave Australia a one-run win.

The target was revised from 238 to 236 in 47 overs because of a brief rain interruption at the start of the Indian chase. With four needed from the last ball, Srinath swung Tom Moody high to long-on. Steve Waugh spilled the catch and the ball rolled on towards the boundary.

Assuming that a well-connected Srinath shot was certainly a six, Raju began applauding the shot. Recounted those last moments, he says: “I went straight to the non-striker’s end for the last ball... I thought Srinath had hit a six and told him ‘good shot, good shot,’ while he kept saying ‘keep running, keep running’. I lost a couple of seconds and that mattered in the end.”

Waugh’s throw from the deep was wide but stand-in wicketkeeper David Boon did well to run out Raju in his third run.