ICC posted the video of Courtney Walsh’s decision to not Mankad Saleem Jaffar, which cost West Indies a semi-final berth in the 1987 World Cup. It was the last ball of a league-stage game against Pakistan in the 1987 Men’s World Cup in Lahore. West Indies needed the much-required win as it was the ninth match of the tournament and while Pakistan had won both their games thus far, West Indies had won one and lost the other. It was a crucial midway mark for both the teams.
West Indies finished the league stage with three wins out of six matches with a better net run-rate than Pakistan but the co-hosts of the tournament had won five of their games and qualified for the final four.
Pakistan Needed Two Runs Of the Final Ball To Proceed Ahead
Courtney Walsh had seen Saleem Jaffar advancing down the crease at non-striker’s end, as he made his run-up for the last ball of the game. As he reached his delivery stride he stopped, but instead of running Jaffar out and ending the match, he simply warned the batsman to stay in the crease and walked back to the top of his mark.
“Not running Saleem Jaffar in the World Cup of 1987… people still recognize it and appreciate it,” Courtney Walsh said in the ICC video. “I just couldn’t do it without a warning, and as a youngster the spirit of the game meant a lot to me. And because of the gesture and the way it was appreciated, that’ll be a memory that will always be with me.”
2 runs off the last ball were needed when Courtney Walsh decided to not mankad his opponent
The batsmen ran two off the final ball and won Pakistan the game. Abdul Qadir was on strike for the last ball, with Saleem Jaffar on the opposite end. They needed 14 off the last over to chase the target of 216 set by the Windies team.
Courtney Walsh’s humble gesture cost them a place in the 1987 World Cup semifinals. Courtney Walsh finished that match with figures of 4/40 and finished his career with 227 ODI wickets to go along with 519 in Tests – the most by a West Indies bowler.