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Gra­ham Gooch – Eng­land v In­dia, Lord’s 1990

If you take away the chance he earnt, it was an un­blem­ished per­for­mance. Gooch has al­ways been one of my favourite bats­men. He never called me by my name. “Mas­ter,” he would call me. (Gooch has no mem­ory of this, say­ing: “I thought I al­ways called him ‘Azhar’.”) He was smash­ing our bowlers around but you couldn’t take your eyes off his mas­terly show, even though he was hurt­ing us. There are times when you ad­mire your op­po­nent. Gooch was one such bats­man. He played the on drive to per­fec­tion. His sweep shot was al­ways lethal. Our bowlers dis­cov­ered the hard way in that Test. It was Gooch ver­sus us, re­ally.

Once they stuck us in, they never looked like get­ting wick­ets, so we were just putting our feet up and en­joy­ing the Lord’s hos­pi­tal­ity. Al­lan Lamb and Robin Smith made hun­dreds, too. You have got friends invit­ing you to one of the boxes, and you are free as a player to go in and out, catch up with a few peo­ple in the cor­po­rate box, have lunch with your fam­ily in one of the suites. It was a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment. You went and did that know­ing you would not be needed for some time.

Peo­ple al­ways men­tion about the BBC go­ing off air on the se­cond day to show rac­ing (the 4.05pm from As­cot), just as I was about to get to 300. I was a bit ner­vous, so I prob­a­bly slowed down then. But then, when I made it past, I was look­ing to tee off, make some quick runs ahead of the dec­la­ra­tion. As it was, I was run­ning out of petrol. Af­ter I was out (bowled through the gate by

Men­tally tough: Ki­ran More, who dropped Gra­ham Gooch on 36, looks on as the Eng­land cap­tain makes his way to­wards 333 be­fore he was bowled by Manoj Prab­hakar (right). In re­cent years, Gooch (left) has been a bat­ting coach

‘Once they put us in, they never looked like get­ting any wick­ets ... so we just put our feet up and en­joyed the Lord’s hos­pi­tal­ity’

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