30 Days, 30 Questions: The innings that changed the way we play?

Pick the one innings by an Indian batsman that had the most indelible impact on how we play our cricket today.

Today in 30 Days, 30 Questions:

Question: Pick the one innings by an Indian batsman that had the most indelible impact on how we play our cricket today.

Yahoo! Cricket's answer: Indians have always been known for their love for batting and there have been a few knocks that have influenced the way the average Indian cricketer bats today. Innings like Kapil Dev's 175 in the 1983 World Cup that signalled India's arrival on the limited overs stage and VVS Laxman's epic 281 that turned around India's fortunes have helped instill a fearless, never-say-die attitude in every Indian batsman.

But our pick for the innings that had the most indelible impact goes to Sachin Tendulkar's 143 in Sharjah against Australia in the middle of a desert sandstorm. On the 22nd of April 1998, India needed 285 to win or more importantly 254 to qualify for the Coca-Cola Cup Final on net run-rate. The targets were revised to 276 and 237 after India lost 4 overs due to the sandstorm.

The master blaster took matters into his own hands. He launched into Shane Warne and co and though India lost the match they were through to the final. Tendulkar then followed it up with another century in the final on his birthday and brought the trophy home.

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Here are some of the most interesting answers we recieved:

Anu from Mumbai picked an innings from that memorable Indo-Pak WC semi-final -

Well, there have been many incredible innings by Indian players which has changed the way we play, but, with reference to above mentioned question, the way we play today was actually motivated and founded by Ajay Jadeja in 1996 World Cup against Pakistan in quarter finals. When India was struggling for 200 for 4, it was Jadeja who came to score 45 of 25 balls. It was a modern & fancy innings which was not very common those days. That innings laid the foundation for modern cricket team and gave them the confidence that apart from Tendulkar, others can also take the charge and can deliver the results in tough condition.

An anonymous reader rates Viru's triple ton as the one that changed the way we play today -

It has to be Sehwag's brilliant 300 in Multan, the way he scored a triple in the test match was like never before. People used to say he is not fit for Test matches, but on the contrary he has a better record and had a better ranking in test than ODI and that changed the approach of players to the tests and even the Viewers attitude towards test matches.

Linga from Mumbai picks the very-very-special 281 in Kolkata -

Laxman's 281-at a time when Indian cricket reputation had hit the rock bottom because of match-fixing scandal. Following on in the 2nd test after losing 1st test in less than 3 days, winning the test and then winning the series against an all-conquering Australia, I still can't believe we did it!

Pranav Mathur from Salt Lake City reminds us of Mohammad Kaif's innings to lift the Natwest Trophy -

Mohd Kaif: The 2002 Natwest Trophy Final match v/s England. England posted a mammoth 325 on the board (courtesy hundreds by M Trescothik and N. Hussain). India were down 146/5 with all the big guys back in pavilion. Then arose a star called Mohd Kaif who with Yuvraj played sensible innings (i think 85 runs in like some 70 balls) with an amazing strike rate. Even after Yuvraj departed, Kaif assured India home. Though Kaif couldn't get much recognition, but that definitely changed India's course as "successful chasers". And we are witnessing successful chases quite often today!

Captain Perveen Sethi's vote goes to Kapil Dev's knock in 1983 -

It is Kapil Dev's 175 not out all the way in 1983 World Cup against Zimbabwe when India was probably 17 for 5. But for this we would have been out before the Quarter final and amazingly we lifted the World cup. He practically played from both the ends and achieved a nearly impossible task. That innings was unimaginative and out of the world one in view of briefly the circumstances explained.

Thanks for all your repsonses. We look forward to your continued participation

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