ICC World Cup 2019: Chetan Sharma Backs Team India to Win the Coveted Title
Chetan Sharma, who’s the first-ever Indian to claim a hat-trick at the World Cup, has thrown support behind Team India to lift their overall third World Cup title. Concurrently, India is partaking in the twelfth edition of the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. The Virat Kohli-led side is unbeaten at the ODI showpiece after winning their four fixtures in five matches. Their game against New Zealand got washed out due to inclement weather.
While talking about Chetan’s hat-trick, he achieved the feat against New Zealand in 1987 at Nagpur.
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Back in 1987, Chetan saw India winning the game by nine wickets after picking wickets of Ian Smith Ken Rutherford and Eweb Chatfield respectively. He believes hat-trick means a lot for the bowler.
“I was also a pacer and am happy that a pacer has achieved this feat. It takes a lot to claim a hat-trick. There must be many in ODIs and Test cricket, but taking a hat-trick in a big tournament like the World Cup has its own charm,” Chetan told ToI.
However, he recently revealed that he will be known by Mohammed Shami’s hat-trick, who has achieved this incredible feat against Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton on Saturday (June 22).
Chetan also stated that it’s a proud moment for entire India. He is delighted that Shami has put an end to hat-trick drought after 32 years which, according to him, is quite long.
“It is a proud moment for all of us. After 32 years someone has taken a World Cup hat-trick. The wait was long but at the end of the day, I am so happy. I am glad that Shami has ended this long wait. 32 years is a long time,” Chetan said.
The right-arm fast bowler Shami managed to pick wickets of Mohammad Nabi, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in successive balls.
Following an 11-run win over Afghanistan in an exciting game, India is standing at the third spot on the World Cup points table.
Overall, India has played an aggressive brand of cricket to go stronger in the coveted tournament.
While talking about India’s maiden World Cup, it came under the tutelage of legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev in 1983, before MS Dhoni lift the title in 2011 respectively.
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Meanwhile, the 53-year-old pacer is confident that Kohli will inspire his team to return with the World Cup.
“India have a bright chance. The way India are playing and dominating, I am sure Virat (Kohli) will bring the cup. Dhoni did in 2011 and I am sure Virat will repeat it in 2019,” Chetan added.
Sharma is confident that current captain Kohli can take India to World Cup glory for the third time.
India will play sixth World Cup match against the Windies on Thursday (June 27) at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
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