Was out on zero, not bowled, caught only one catch in the match, know how he became man of the match
Someone scores the most runs. Someone takes the most wickets. If nothing else, a small but decisive contribution plays an important role in the victory of the team. In any match of cricket, any one of these can become the man of the match. But you tell me, the player who is out on zero, who has not bowled a single ball in the match, who has taken only one catch. How can he be given the man of the match award? You will say this cannot happen, or it should not happen. But the truth is that it has happened. This happened in the title match of the prestigious Benson & Hedges Cup. Let us tell you what did this player do, due to which this historic step was taken regarding the award of Man of the Match.
Actually, this match was played on this day i.e. on 21st July 1984 at Lord's ground. In this, Warwickshire batted first and scored 139 runs in 50.4 overs. The match was of 55 overs. Alvin Kalicharan, who came at number three for the team, scored 70 runs in 121 balls with the help of seven fours. Apart from him, fourth-ranked batsman Dennis Amis scored 20 runs, while opener Robin Dyer contributed 11 runs. These three players managed to reach double digits. Paul Allott and Stephen Jefferies took three wickets each for Lancashire, while Mike Watkinson and Steve O'Shaughnessy showed two batsmen the path to the pavilion.
Man of the match award given for reaching the final and captaining
Lancashire's team had an easy target, which they achieved at the loss of four wickets in 42.4 overs. For the team, the number six batsman Neil Fairbrother scored an unbeaten 36 off 49 balls. Apart from him, David Hughes contributed 35 not out. Alan Orrod made 24 and Steve O'Shaughnessy scored 22 runs to help the team reach the target of victory. Captain John Abraham, who landed at number five, was dismissed without opening an account after facing 3 balls. But when it came to awarding the man of the match, John Abraham was chosen. This award was given to him for his captaincy. And that performance was to take Lancashire to the title match.