Remembering Velettas forgotten gem courtesy Cricinfo .. (and Inzamam’s too)


Velettas forgotten gem.

Remember this innings vividly. Australia ’87 was so very similar to India ’83… a lot of bits and pieces players – Veletta, O’Donnell, and of course Stephen Rodger was very much a glorified Madan Lal then…

Veletta was a runner, a scamperer. He hit a fair few 4’s in an innings of 45 off 31 balls… hitting those unorthodox shots (he wasn’t bludgeoning, if I remember correctly. It was a Fairbrother innings, not a Yusuf Pathan one)…. building up the innings…. eventually winning Australia the world cup. It was probably the most important forgotten innings in One-Day International cricket.. a 45 is not a cameo.

Probably Inzamam’s 42 off 35 in the finals of the ’92 World Cup beat Velletta’s innings though. We of course have no choice but to remember those two deliveries of Wasim’s – and therefore his 33 (which was a cameo), we remember Imran’s speech, and his and Javed’s painfully slow innings to get a decent score on board… We’ll probably remember Inzamam’s unbelievable one in the semis against the Kiwis… it was certainly the best knock of the world cup… but you know what, this 42 was probably the most important innings of them all. I believe Imran and Javed miscalculated somewhat…. and went overboard with the slow buildup. Inzamam changed the dimension of the innings… Wasim of course put the icing, but the innings that made it all possible was Inzamam’s.

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