|Flanked by the best batsman and the best fielder in Indian cricket|
In reply, Sachin and Ganguly gave a brilliant start scoring 41 and 124 respectively. Robin Singh scored 82 and India were cruising at 250/1; Robin Singh got out in the 38th over and wickets started tumbling and soon the score became 306/7 in the 47th over. Requiring 9 runs from 6 balls, Srinath the senior batsman had a newcomer Kanitkar as his partner.
Srinath was known for his big swing and massive hits to the fence and he was more often sent up the order as a pinch hitter. So if he had faced the bowler, India had a huge chance to win. But with just 2 balls remaining, India needed 3 runs to win. Kanitkar was on strike and we almost lost hopes. The best spinner in the world at that time (Saqlain) was bowling. It was a perfect David vs Goliath moment. The unthinkable happened. Kanitkar blasted the ball to the fence. A new star was born.