Desh Prem Azad's tip helped Chetan Sharma get fifer in '86
Former India pacer Chetan Sharma, one of the four Test players to be coached by Desh Prem Azad, who passed away yesterday, remembered his coach's advice when he watched the India vs England Test at Lord's in 1986.
“He came to England to see me play at Lord’s. I was bowling down the hill, but was not able to grab wickets. I sought his advice while fielding at third man,” Sharma recalled. “
‘You will succeed if you bowl from the other end,’ he said and I requested skipper Kapil Dev to allow me to bowl up the hill. I got three wickets in three overs and ended the day with five.
Sir knew the finer points of the game very well,” added Sharma. India went on to win the game, their first Test victory at the headquarters of cricket. By the second Test at Leeds, the series honours were snatched.