The Indian cricket team returned from England after a crushing 5-0 defeat. There was all round gloom in India as the people expected the Australians who were touring India to have a walk over. The first test at Delhi on the Feroz Shah Kotla ground went the expected way with India losing the test by an innings.The only saving grace being a fighting 99 by the Indian opener Pankaj Roy. The selectors headed by the legendary Lala Amarnath brought Jasu Patel into the side. Patel was an off spinner who had been around for more than a decade with nothingspectacular to show by way of performance.
The second test duly commenced with the Indian captain GS Ramchand winning the toss and electing to bat first. The batting caved in and all the Indians could show was a paltry 152 all out. The Australians now batted and Neil Harvey and MacDonald raised the score to 125 for 1. At the drinks interval the Lala was seen gesticulating wildly to Ramchand.He wanted Patel to be brought on.
Ramchand accordingly brought on Patel and on a doctored pitch the ball began to turn turtle. The Aussies with their known weakness against off spin crumbled fast. Patel was
It was now the turn of the Indian batsmen who batted with resolute skill and fortitude. Contractor the Parsi batted fluently for 73 till a freak incident got him out.Contractor hit the ball hard and true and Harvey turned his back to the powerful shot-but alas for Contactor the ball stuck at the bottom end of Harvey's anus. India totaled 291.
The Aussies had now to make 225 to win and reached 59 for 2 before Patel again was at their throat.The Aussies folded up for 105 and India were winners by 119 runs. Patel established an Indian bowling record with 14 wickets. Cricket had got up from its sick bed to score a resounding victory.The Prime Minister and the President congratulated the Indian team. It was indeed a glorious win.
But Patel just faded away.In the next 2 tests he took only 5 wickets and the selectors had much to muse over, but his heroic exploit at Kanpur on those fateful days will for ever be remembered. He was the man who bamboozled the Aussies.