Reminiscing India’s only 10/10 game in the history
The game between bat and ball has been witnessing many changes from time to time. New formats of the game evolved from time to time. At the very beginning, the game started with the longest version and when time passes, the shorter formats of the games were introduced. With this evolution now the game has major three formats at the International level.
But as mentioned earlier there were some new formats tried in the game at the International level. One such format was the Super Max format. Originally the format was introduced by New Zealand. The first Super Max game was played in February 1996, between the New Zealanders (Max Blacks) and an All-Stars XI. It would be fair enough to say that this format was also a pioneer for the T20 games.
At the International level, India and New Zealand played a SuperMax game in 2002 in New Zealand. In fact, logically that game is India’s first 20-over game in International cricket. In the rare game at Christchurch, the visitors were not able to up to the mark and New Zealand won the game by 21 runs.
A SuperMax game will be played like Test format which included a total of four innings. Each team will bat in two innings, where each innings is comprised of 10 overs. In the game between India and New Zealand each team had 12 members in the playing squad rather than 11 members. There was also a zone named MaxZone and if the ball hit the max zone then the run for that delivery will be doubled.
In the particular game, Sachin Tendulkar hit 3 times to the MaxZone where one six converted as 12 and 2 fours converted as 8 each. In the format, there will not be an LBW dismissal. For each wide ball, the batting team will be awarded two runs and the free-hit system for no-balls.
In India’s tour of New Zealand 2002-03, the visitors began the tour with this experimental game. The Indian side was led by VVS Laxman in place of the regular skipper Sourav Ganguly. The visitors didn’t play some of their regular ODI squad members then like Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh. All the Indian batsmen failed to deliver in the match except the Master Blaster.
Sachin Tendulkar showed his class with aggression in this match also. The right-handed batsman scored blistering 72 runs in just 27 balls in India’s first innings. For the host, Nathan Asle scored 42 in the first innings and Brendon McCullum scored 60 runs in the second innings. But in both teams, many batsmen fell for single-digit scores in each innings. Chasing a target of 109 in the second innings, India managed to score only 87 runs in the allocated 10 overs for the loss of 6 wickets.
New Zealand: 123/5(10) :
Nathan Astle – 42, Craig McMillan – 34, Sachin Tendulkar – 2/15
India: 133/5 (10):
Sachin Tendulkar – 72, Shiv Sunder Das – 25, Andre Adams – 2/18
New Zealand: 118/7(10):
Brendon McCullum – 60, Nathan Astle – 12, Sachin Tendulkar – 3/40
Shiv Sunder Das – 28, Virender Sehwag – 23, Andre Adams – 3/15
Result: New Zealand won by 21 runs
Watch Tendulkar’s blistering innings