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Aditya Tare — Mumbai Indians’s Mr Cool under pressure

Aditya Tare pulled off a six of the last ball to pull off incredible celebrations at the Wankhede Stadium © IANS
Aditya Tare pulled off a six of the last ball to pull off incredible celebrations at the Wankhede Stadium © IANS

May 25, 2014

Aditya Tare is the hero of the moment for the Mumbai Indians. In the midst of all the confusion, Tare walked out, chewing his gum and maintained his calm with all eyes on him. With the scores level after 14.3 overs, they needed a boundary to overhaul Rajasthan Royals net run rate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 Points Table. The whole season had boiled down to that one ball for both sides. On the one side there was James Faulkner and Tare was there at the other.

Tare was helped by the fact that there was a full toss on his pads. He smacked it over fine-leg for a six and then celebrated. This celebration was a blast from the past. Tare pulled his shirt up and put it over his head. In many ways, it was reminiscent of Andrew Flintoff’s celebration in 2002 when he bowled a successful final over against India to win a game at the very same venue.

Tare has opened the batting in the past, but has been pushed down the order during the last few games. In this situation, no one knew if he was the man for the job. Corey Anderson, the man who was unbeaten on 95 off 44 balls was on the on-striker’s end. But in the end, Tare went on to write his name in the fan’s memories.

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