A three-match ODI series is presently being played in Zimbabwe by the Indian squad. Even while India doesn’t face Zimbabwe every year, there was a period when these matches were more frequent. India used to play Zimbabwe rather often in the 1990s, and one of the most memorable matches took place in the Coca-Cola Champions Trophy, a tri-series that also included Sri Lanka.

The Flower brothers (Andy and Grant), Heath Streak, captain Alistair Campbell, and Pommie Mbangwa were among the top athletes Zimbabwe had to offer at the time. But during that specific series, Henry Olonga, a teenage fast bowler, broke through. He eventually rose to fame for his superb pitch to India’s great batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

In India’s last group game, Olonga is infamous for wreaking havoc on the batting order, taking four wickets including those of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and captain Ajay Jadeja to enable Zimbabwe to win by an astonishing 13 runs.

Even now, many still remember the right-arm bowler’s delivery to Tendulkar; the Indian batsman was caught off guard and found a thick top edge. Grant Flower ultimately caught him. Sachin Tendulkar was “transformed” by the delivery, according to Jadeja, who is presently serving on Sony SIX’s broadcast panel for the ongoing series between the two teams.

That ball significantly altered this individual. We had the good fortune to play with him and be in his presence often. He wasn’t an egotistical guy, but he took pleasure in his abilities. And when he left in that way, he didn’t sleep for the following several days. He was extremely distraught the whole night; I had never seen him that upset. Not simply the ego was coming out. We ultimately lost that game as well, Jadeja remembered.