Revisting the best one-day game
438. The number in yellow immediately catches the attention of the passers-by, and leads them down the memory lane to the 'greatest ever game' in the history of ODI cricket. Subhash Rajta writes.cricket Updated: Jan 16, 2011 01:03 IST
438. The number in yellow immediately catches the attention of the passers-by, and leads them down the memory lane to the 'greatest ever game' in the history of ODI cricket.
It was here at the Wanderers, back in 2006 that South Africa had chased down 434 - the first ever 400 plus score in the ODIs-to make history and give ODI cricket its best ever game.
And just to ensure that everyone visiting the Wanderers gets a chance to relive that magical match, Cricket South Africa has set up a museum at the stadium, where one section is devoted entirely to the "best ever match".
An intensive effort has been made to capture the details of the match, starting from action pictures, celebrations, the scorecard, pads, bats, detailed write-ups, and, of course that magical number."Oh man, how we screwed Australia here. I still get goose bumps when I remember that match," said a spectator as he gave the memorabilia a loving look.
"I think that's the match where we threw away that choker's tag from our necks. And I just can't forget the knock this man played…he was just too good on that day," chipped in his companion, while admiring the smiling picture of Herschelle Gibbs, the main architect of that famous victory with his 111-ball 175.
The former South Africa opener might have upset his teammates and some others with his tell-all "To the Point", but he would always remain the hero for everyone in the context of that match.
While the match will bring smiles to the face of everyone who were lucky enough to witness it, the person who still derives the most joy from it is the man who rolled out the superb wicket for it to happen - Chris Scott, the curator at the Wanderers.
"That's my best moment in my 41 years as a groundsman. I still can't get over it. It was such a great day of my life. Now, I have grown so much in love with this ground that when I die, I would want my ashes to be sprinkled in the ground," said Scott.
Smith becomes SA's most capped captain
Graeme Smith became the most-capped South African captain when he walked out to the middle on Saturday. This was his 139th ODI as skipper, overtaking Hansie Cronje who led South Africa in 138 matches. "It's outstanding, especially when it is taken into account that he became captain at the age of 21, only after one full season in international cricket," said Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola.