Chetan Sharma has been a very popular cricketer.He believed in the playing positive and bright Cricket.He had the spirit of a true fighter and never say die sort of attitude.His batting,bowling and fileding always showed his enthusiasm and energetic feeling he had for cricket.He had the agility and sharp eye of top class athelete.
Chetan had always been very energetic and tried to give his hundred percent in the interest of team.He enjoyed a good rapport with Great Kapil Dev,and always got himself involved in the game with the core of his heart.
Taking Hat-trick against NewZealand was his best known show,but he has many more memorable display of cricketing skills to enthral his fans.
During Nehru Cup matches he thrashed the English bowlers at Kanpur to score a splendid century.
When Pakistanis were visiting India in 1989,Chetan came to bat when only last ball of the innings had to be bowled.Mudassar Nazar was the bowler.Chetan had to face just one ball.And you know what he did? He hooked the last ball to a massive six.Nothing better could have been done and he did the best any cricketer can dream of.
Once he had to face the last over of Richard Hadlee in NewZealand,and to the utter amazment of Sir.Hadlee,Chetan made twenty seven runs of that last over of the innings.
During 1986 tour of England,his game was superb. He was instrumental along with Captain Kapil,Sunny Gavaskar,Azharuddin and Vengsarkar for India winning in England with a Brownwash-2-0 in the three test series.
He is a true fighter but unfortunately could not get his due respect and position due to various pulls and pressures.But he is our hero,the champion and will always remain so. Chetan had always been very energetic and tried to give his hundred percent in the interest of team.He got himself involved in the game with the core of his heart.Sunny Gavaskar shared with him man of the match award in Reliance cup match against New Zealand at Nagpur in 1987,as he got his maiden one day century in that match in which Chetan had claimed hat-rick.
Chetan Sharma always made his presence felt in the field.In this way and in his natural abilities with bat and ball,he reminded me of Ian Botham of England,who was also a very talented great allrounder of all times,in the same league of Sir Richard Hadlee,Imran Khan,Kapil Dev,Tony Greig,Mohinder Amarnath and Garry Sobers.Critics may argue on this comment,but they were all immensely talented ones and were popular in crowd.
Some times statistics and records do not portray the real worth and talent of a player.There are many great players who had immense talent and enjoyed astounding popularity.They played game with sportsmanship and enjoyed their game.Forget records,enjoy the magical touch of Gundappa Vishwanath,Mohinder Amarnath,Karsan Ghavri,Raman Lamba,Madan Lal,Ashok Malhotra,Yashpal Sharma,K.Srikkanth,Sandip Patil,Venagsarkar,DerekUnderwood,David Gower,Kim Hughes,Zaheer Abbas,Mudassar Nazar,Barry Richards,Allwyn Kallicharan,Gordon Greenidge,Larry Gomes,Glenn Turner,Martin Crow,Allan Donald,Roshan Mahanama,Arvind D'Silva and many others;they were just masters of Cricket without pretensions and did just what they knew best,played Cricket.Cheer up for them friends.