On day four of Ranji Trophy final when Karnataka and Maharashtra players were slogging it out in the middle to the get hold of the coveted crown, two gentlemen seated in the President's box on the first floor of the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium could not help but remember the duel they had more than two decades back.
Chief selector Sandeep Patil and his colleague from the selection panel Roger Binny were in opposite camps when Mumbai, the then Bombay, took on Karnataka in the summit clash in 1982-83.
Coming into that final domestic giants Bombay had already won the title 28 times while Karnataka had tasted success twice.
As the match was scheduled at the Wankhede Stadium, between March 11 and 15, 1983, the dice was loaded heavily in favour of the hosts.
Karnataka’s skipper Brijesh Patel, who now is secretary of Karnataka Cricket Association (KSCA), invited Bombay to bat first. The Ashok Mankad-led Bombay posted a formidable total of 534 in the first innings with Binny chipping in with three wickets including that of the skipper.
Binny also led Karnataka’s attack with the bat and scored a brilliant century (115) to ensure his side take crucial first innings lead.
Though Patil matched it by hammering 121 not out in the second innings but it didn’t prove enough as the match was decided on the basis of first innings lead giving Karnataka the coveted crown for the third time.
The duo being on BCCI payroll at present preferred not to speak over the past encounter but their their faces were lit up with smile when reminded about the game while watching the match from the sidelines.