Ale and Hearty
- Former England captain Tom Graveney surely loved his ale more than cricket. He was the adjudicator in a thriller the West Indies and Pakistan played for a place in the semis in 1975. With the West Indies tottering at 203/9, and believing the game was to end soon, Graveney left for the bar to get a drink—but lingered around to drink a few. In his absence, Deryck Murray (61*) and Andy Roberts put on 64 runs to win the game. Graveney sauntered out and promptly named Pakistan’s Sarfraz Nawaz the man of the match. Murray remembers Graveney’s explanation: “It is normal for a player from the winning team to get the award.” Someone then told Graveney that Pakistan had lost—but his decision stood.
A Car Too Far
- Malcolm Marshall, the great West Indian, bowled frighteningly fast—and loved faster cars. Playing his first World Cup in 1983, at the height of his career, he had no doubts about who would win: the West Indies, obviously. Seeing India reach the final, his confidence soared. He promptly put down a deposit on a nice BMW car—the rest of the money would be, of course, paid with the winner’s cheque soon after June 25, the day of the final against India. After the shocking loss, Marshall lay on the field, crying for his team—and perhaps for his dream car too.
Marshall, Walsh in ‘Pak dress’