1997 Pepsi Independence Cup

The 1997 Pepsi Independence Cup was a quadrangular ODI cricket tournament held in May 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the independence of India.[1] It featured the national cricket teams of New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the hosts India. The tournament was won by Sri Lanka, which defeated Pakistan in the best-of-three finals. Sri Lanka became the Champion.

1997 Pepsi Independence Cup
Dates9 – 27 May 1997
Administrator(s)International Cricket Council
Cricket formatOne Day International
Host(s) India
Champions Sri Lanka
Runners-up Pakistan
Player of the seriesSri Lanka Sanath Jayasuriya
Most runsSri Lanka Sanath Jayasuriya (306)
Most wicketsPakistan Saqlain Mushtaq (14)

Indian independence celebrations edit

The tournament was organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and sponsored by PepsiCo as part of the many national celebrations being held in 1997 for the 50th anniversary of India's independence from colonial rule.[1] The Independence Cup trophy featured a gold inscribed image of Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi and his followers on the Dandi March during the 1930–31 Salt Satyagraha. The tournament concept was later emulated in Sri Lanka, which held an Independence Cup tournament to mark its 50th anniversary of independence in 1998, and in Bangladesh in 1998. The BCCI also used the tournament to celebrate 50 years of Indian cricket. Along with a television documentary on the history of Indian cricket broadcast on Doordarshan, India's Test cricket captains were honoured during the 2nd final at the Eden Gardens in Calcutta (now Kolkata) – from the then 86-year-old Lala Amarnath to the then-captain, 24-year-old Sachin Tendulkar.[2] All the captains took a lap around the Eden Gardens in a jeep, receiving a standing ovation from the 75,000-strong assembled crowd.[2] Each man received a silver salver, while Vijay Hazare received the C. K. Nayadu Trophy.[2] The captains honoured included Polly Umrigar, Datta Gaekwad, Pankaj Roy, Gulabrai Ramchand, Nari Contractor, Chandu Borde, Ajit Wadekar, Bishen Singh Bedi, Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Mohammad Azharuddin.[2]

Squads edit

  India   New Zealand   Pakistan   Sri Lanka

The Indian team coach and manager for the tournament was Madan Lal. Notably missing from the squad was former captain and lead batsman Mohammad Azharuddin, who was dropped.[1][3] Lead pace bowler Javagal Srinath was ruled out of the first half of the tournament due to a shoulder injury.[3] Pakistan's line-up missed regular pace bowlers Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and spin bowler Mushtaq Ahmed, who were playing county cricket in England.[3] The Sri Lankan team had minor changes from the team that won the 1996 World Cup under the leadership of Arjuna Ranatunga.

Points Table edit

Team P W L T NR NRR Points
  Sri Lanka 3 2 1 0 0 +0.478 4
  Pakistan 3 2 1 0 0 −0.287 4
  India 3 1 2 0 0 −0.331 2
  New Zealand 3 1 2 0 0 −0.452 2


Matches edit

Using the round robin format, each team played the others once. New Zealand defeated Pakistan in the tournament opener, but proceeded to lose its other matches. Similarly, India succeeded in its opening match against New Zealand, but suffered defeats to Sri Lanka and Pakistan. After its loss to New Zealand, Pakistan's victories against Sri Lanka and India enabled it to qualify for the finals. Sri Lanka lost a high-scoring match to Pakistan, but defeated New Zealand and India to reach the finals.

9 May (D/N)
New Zealand  
285/7 (50 overs)
263/9 (50 overs)
Nathan Astle 117 (132)
Saqlain Mushtaq 3/38 (10 overs)
Shahid Afridi 59 (46)
Nathan Astle 4/43 (8 overs)
New Zealand won by 22 runs
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh
Umpires: K.T. Francis (SL) and S. Venkataraghavan (Ind)
Player of the match: Nathan Astle (NZ)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to field.
  • Mohammad Hussain (Pak) made his ODI debut.

12 May (D/N)
289/6 (50 overs)
  Sri Lanka
259 (49.5 overs)
Shahid Afridi 52 (29)
Sajeewa de Silva 3/59 (10 overs)
Arjuna Ranatunga 58 (60)
Aaqib Javed 5/35 (10 overs)
Pakistan won by 30 runs
Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior
Umpires: Steve Dunne (NZ) and S. Venkataraghavan (Ind)
Player of the match: Aaqib Javed (Pak)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.

14 May (D/N)
New Zealand  
220/9 (50 overs)
221/2 (42.3 overs)
Nathan Astle 92 (111)
Robin Singh 2/27 (7 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 117 (137)
Nathan Astle 1/25 (7 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Umpires: Javed Akhtar (Pak) and Dave Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.

17 May (D/N)
225/7 (50 overs)
  Sri Lanka
229/5 (40.5 overs)
Ajay Jadeja 72 (102)
Sajeewa de Silva 3/59 (10 overs)
Sanath Jayasuriya 151* (120)
Abey Kuruvilla 2/22 (7 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Umpires: Steve Dunne (NZ) and Dave Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Sanath Jayasuriya's score of 151* was the highest individual score by a Sri Lanka player in an ODI innings, before he broke his own record when he made 189 in 2000.[5] After the innings, he held the record for best batting and bowling figures both by a Sri Lanka player in ODIs.

20 May (D/N)
Sri Lanka  
214 (48.3 overs)
  New Zealand
162 (44.5 overs)
Romesh Kaluwitharana 44 (36)
Gavin Larsen 3/43 (9.3 overs)
Matt Horne 41* (73)
Sanath Jayasuriya 2/21 (7 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 52 runs
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad
Umpires: S. K. Bansal (Ind) and Javed Akhtar (Pak)
Player of the match: Romesh Kaluwitharana (SL)

21 May (D/N)
327/5 (50 overs)
292 (49.2 overs)
Saeed Anwar 194 (146)
Sachin Tendulkar 2/61 (9 overs)
Rahul Dravid 107 (116)
Aaqib Javed 5/61 (10 overs)
Pakistan won by 35 runs
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Umpires: K. T. Francis (SL) and Dave Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: Saeed Anwar (Pak)

Finals edit

Pakistan and Sri Lanka squared-off in a best-of-three final series. The first final was in Chandigarh, and the second final (and if necessary, the third) was held at the Eden Gardens in Calcutta (now Kolkata). However, Sri Lanka won both the first and second finals, winning the tournament without the need for a third final to be played.

24 May (D/N)
Sri Lanka  
339/4 (50 overs)
224 (43.5 overs)
Sanath Jayasuriya 96 (67)
Mohammad Hussain 2/56 (10 overs)
Moin Khan 57 (61)
Sajeewa de Silva 3/40 (7 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 115 runs
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh
Umpires: Steve Dunne (NZ) and S. Venkataraghavan (Ind)
Player of the match: Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

27 May (D/N)
Sri Lanka  
309 (49.4 overs)
224 (43.1 overs)
Arjuna Ranatunga 59 (77)
Saqlain Mushtaq 4/53 (9.4 overs)
Rameez Raja 76 (101)
Muttiah Muralitharan 3/40 (10 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 85 runs
Eden Gardens, Calcutta
Attendance: 85,000
Umpires: Steve Dunne (NZ) and Dave Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: Aravinda de Silva (SL)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The crowd of an estimated 85,000 was the largest at this venue for an ODI that did not feature India.[9]

Records and awards edit

The player of the tournament award was Sanath Jayasuriya, who scored the most runs in the tournament, 306, with one century and two fifties, and took 5 wickets to add. Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq took the most wickets in the tournament, bagging 14.[10] Pakistani batsman Saeed Anwar's innings of 194 against India in Chennai became the record for the highest runs in a single innings by any batsman in ODI cricket.[1] The record stood until 2010, when India's Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman in ODI history to score a 200 not out against South Africa in Gwalior.

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Pepsi Independence Cup, 1996–97". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Indian captains honoured". The Indian Express. 28 May 1997.
  3. ^ a b c "Azharuddin dropped from team for Independence Cup". The Indian Express. 7 May 1997. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  4. ^ 1997 Pepsi Independence Cup / Points Table
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  6. ^ "Sachin Tendulkar's 200 breaks ODI world record as India crush South Africa". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
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  9. ^ "Pepsi Independence Cup, second final match, Pakistan v Sri Lanka". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
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