Around 36 years ago the infamous underarm delivery in the final of Benson & Hedges World series cup was bowled, which left the cricket fraternity in shock. On February 1, 1981 Brian McKechnie of New Zealand needed 6 of the final delivery, which was bowled by Australia’s Trevor Chappell. He bowled an underarm delivery, which was met with much anguish by the batsmen in the middle. Remembering the controversial occasion, Glenn MaxwellAdam Zampa from Australia and Trent BoultTom Latham from New Zealand enacted the incident. The four players gathered at McLean Park in Napier to mark the instance with a dramatic recreation that transpired at the Melbourne Cricket GroundMCG. Maxwell played the role of then skipper Greg Chappell while Zampa played the role of his young brother Trevor.

On the other end, Boult represented McKechnie and Latham played out Bruce Edgar’s part, who watched the scene unfold at the non-strikers end. The idea to re-enact this originated from the Australian camp and the Black Caps happily accepted to grace the festivities. Speaking to cricket.com.au, Maxwell said, “Always happy to try and recreate history. I’m a pretty big cricket nuffie and I remember watching the highlights of all the classic matches. I remember that one featuring pretty regularly. It was massive.” Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd ODI, Napier 

“A lot of the games we’ve played against New Zealand have ended in close finishes and the other night was a classic example of that. It’s a rich history we have against each other and hopefully it continues,” Maxwell concluded.

Latham opted for the safest option of playing Edgar, leaving out the classic two-fingered salute following the underarm ball that prevented the Kiwis having any chance of levelling the match. Latham added, “No, you probably need to keep it PC these days. I might get in trouble for doing that.” A source close to the incident at Napier mentioned that the event was held in high spirits without uttering any sledges.

The first ODI on Monday was also a thriller where Australia needed 6 runs with only one wicket in hand, with New Zealand coming out the better side.