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.

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
Matches played8
Player of the seriesSri Lanka Sanath Jayasuriya
Most runsSri Lanka Sanath Jayasuriya (306)
Most wicketsPakistan Saqlain Mushtaq (14)

Indian independence celebrations

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]


 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.


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.

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


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)
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)
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 David Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)
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 David Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)
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 David Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: Saeed Anwar (Pak)


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 David Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: Aravinda de Silva (SL)

Records and awards

The player of the tournament award was bagged by Sri Lankan all-arounder 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.


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1997 Wills Golden Jubilee Tournament

The 1997 Wills Golden Jubilee Tournament (also known as the Wills Quadrangular Tournament) was a quadrangular one-day cricket competition held in November, 1997 in Pakistan to mark that country's 50th anniversary of independence. It featured the national cricket teams of Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and the hosts Pakistan. All the matches were held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Defeating Sri Lanka in the final, South Africa won its first tournament in the Indian subcontinent in its seventh attempt.

Aaqib Javed

Aaqib Javed (Urdu: عاقِب جاوید) (born 5 August 1972) is a Pakistani cricket coach and former cricketer. He was a right-handed fast-medium pace bowler with the ability to swing the ball both ways. He played 22 Tests and 163 One Day Internationals for Pakistan between 1988 and 1998.

Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens (Bengali: ইডেন গার্ডেন্স) is a cricket ground in Kolkata, India established in 1864. It is the oldest cricket stadium in India. It is the home venue of the Bengal cricket team and the IPL franchise cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders, and is also a venue for Test, ODI and T20I matches of the India national cricket team.The stadium currently has a capacity of 68,000

It is currently the largest cricket stadium in India and Asia, as well as being second largest cricket stadium in the world after the Melbourne Cricket Ground by capacity.

Eden Gardens is often regarded informally as India's home of cricket. The ground has been referred to as "cricket's answer to the Colosseum," and is widely acknowledged to be one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world. Eden Gardens has hosted matches in major international competitions including the World Cup, World Twenty20 and Asia Cup. In 1987, Eden Gardens became the second stadium to host a World Cup final. The 2016 ICC World Twenty20 final was held at the Eden Gardens where the West Indies beat England in closely fought encounter.

Eden Gardens has also occasionally been used for Association football matches. Through 2017, it has hosted the highest number of International matches in India - 82 that includes 40 Test matches, 31 ODIs and 6 T20Is, 4 Women ODIs and 1 Women T20I.

Independence Cup

Independence Cup may refer to the following football competitions:

Independence Cup (Albania), held annually from 2009

Armenian Cup, held annually from 1992

Independence Cup (Bangladesh), held annually from 2005

Brazil Independence Cup, held in 1972 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Brazilian Declaration of Independence

Indonesian Independence Cup, held ten times intermittently since 1985

Lesotho Independence Cup, held annually from 1985

Independence Cup (Malta), held annually from 1965, though not in 1967–1968 and parts of the 1970s and '80s

Tuvalu Independence Cup, held in 1988 and 1990, then annually beginning in 1998

Zambian Cup, an annual competition called the Independence Cup from 1975 to 1992

Index of Sri Lanka-related articles

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International cricket in 1997

The 1997 international cricket season was from May 1997 to September 1997.

List of international cricket centuries at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium

The Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium is a cricket ground in Mohali, near Chandigarh, India. It is popularly known to as the Mohali Stadium, PCA Stadium or Bindra Stadium. It has an official capacity of 26,950 spectators. The stadium was designed by Arun Loomba and Associates, Panchkula and constructed by R.S. Construction Company, Chandigarh. It is home to the Punjab cricket team and the Indian Premier League's Kings XI Punjab, as well as being a Test, One Day International and Twenty20 International (T20) venue. The ground has hosted thirteen Test matches, the first in 1994 when India played the West Indies. It has also staged twenty-five One Day International matches, the first of which was in 1993 when South Africa lost to India by 43 runs. Four T20 Internationals have been played at the ground, the first when India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in 2009. Of the twenty-five One Day Internationals played at the stadium, three matches (including a semi-final) were staged during the World Cup in 2011. Of the four Twenty20 International staged at the venue, three matches were held during the World Twenty20 in 2016.

The first century at the ground was scored by the West Indian Jimmy Adams. He made 174 not out against India during the third Test of the 1994–95 West Indies tour of India. The first Indian to score a century at the ground was Manoj Prabhakar, who made 120 in the same match. India's Shikhar Dhawan's 187, against Australia in March 2013, is the highest individual score by a batsman at the ground. India's Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar have scored the most centuries at the venue with two each. As of November 2016, 25 Test centuries have been scored at the stadium.

New Zealand's Nathan Astle was the first player to score a century in One Day Internationals at the ground. He made 117 against Pakistan during the first match of the 1997 Pepsi Independence Cup. The first century made by an Indian at the ground is MS Dhoni, who made 139 not out against Australia during the third latter's 2013–14 tour of India. Rohit Sharma's 208 not out, against Sri Lanka in 2017, is the highest ODI score by a batsman at the ground. As of March 2019, twelve ODI centuries have been scored by as many players at the PCA Stadium.

List of international cricket five-wicket hauls at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

M. A. Chidambaram Stadium (MAC), also known as the Chepauk Stadium or simply Chepauk due its location in the city's locality of Chepauk, is a sports ground in Chennai, India that has hosted international cricket matches along with provincial games. Named after M. A. Chidambaram, former President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the venue was formerly known as the Madras Cricket Club ground. It has a capacity of 38,000 spectators for international matches. It is the home ground of the Tamil Nadu cricket team and the Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings. The first Test at this venue took place in 1934, between India and England. As of November 2017, it has hosted a further 31 Test matches. Chepauk has also staged 19 One Day International (ODI) matches, the first of which was in 1987 when Australia defeated India in a group-match during the 1987 World Cup.In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five-for" or "fifer") refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement. The first bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a Test match at Chepauk was Amar Singh for India against England in 1934; he finished the innings with bowling figures of 7 wickets for 86 runs. Australia's Ashley Mallett became the first to take two five-wicket hauls in the same match at Chepauk, when he took 5 for 91 and 5 for 53 in the second and fourth innings of the fifth Test of Australia's 1969–70 tour of India. Narendra Hirwani is the most recent cricketer and the first Indian to take two five-wicket hauls on debut. He took 8 for 61 and 8 for 75 against the West Indies during the fourth Test of the 1987–88 series between the teams, which was held at this ground, and finished the match with bowling figures of 16 for 136. These are also the best match-figures by any bowler on Test debut. The best figures in Test cricket at Chepauk are 8 for 55, taken by India's Vinoo Mankad against England in 1952. Ravindra Jadeja took the most recent five-wicket haul at Chepauk, with figures of 7 for 48 against England in their 2016–17 tour of India. As of November 2017, 31 bowlers have taken 48 Test match five-wicket hauls at this ground.As of November 2017, two bowlers have taken five-wicket hauls during ODIs at Chepauk. The first player to do so was Aaqib Javed of Pakistan, who achieved the feat when he took 5 wickets for 61 runs against India during the 1997 Pepsi Independence Cup. The other five-wicket haul was made by West Indies' Ravi Rampaul, which is also the best figures in ODI cricket at this ground. He took 5 for 51 against India during the 2011 World Cup. As of November 2017, a match between India and New Zealand is the only Twenty20 International (T20I) to be held at the ground, which New Zealand won by one run. The best bowling figures in T20I cricket at Chepauk are Irfan Pathan's 3 wickets for 31 runs.

Nathan Astle

Nathan John Astle (born 15 September 1971) is a former New Zealand cricketer, who played all formats of the game. A right handed batsman who played as an opener in One Day Internationals (ODI), while batting in the middle order in Test matches. In a career that spanned 12 years, Astle played 81 Tests and 223 ODIs accumulating 4,702 and 7,090 runs respectively. As of 2013, he is New Zealand's second-most prolific run scorer. Astle collected 154 wickets with his medium-paced bowling at the international level. He holds two records – scoring the fastest double century in Test cricket and the second highest individual score in the fourth innings of a Test match. Both the records were achieved when he made 222 against England in Christchurch in 2002.[1]

Astle has played County Cricket in England for Derbyshire, Durham and Nottinghamshire and for Canterbury in New Zealand. He was also a footballer who represented Rangers A.F.C. and good at Auto racing.

Pakistani cricket team in Zimbabwe in 2018

The Pakistan cricket team toured Zimbabwe in July 2018 to play five One Day International (ODI) matches. All the fixtures were played at the Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo. Originally, the tour was scheduled to have two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).In the fourth match of the series, Fakhar Zaman became the first batsman for Pakistan to score a double century in ODIs. His score of 210 not out broke the previous highest individual total for a Pakistan of 194 runs, scored by Saeed Anwar during the 1997 Pepsi Independence Cup. Zaman, along with Imam-ul-Haq, also made the highest opening partnership in ODIs, scoring 304 runs for the first wicket. This led to Pakistan scoring their highest score in ODIs, finishing their innings at 399/1.In the fifth match, Zaman became the fastest player to score 1,000 runs in ODIs. He reached the milestone in 18 innings, beating the previous record of 21 innings, held by five other batsmen. Zaman went on to score 85 runs in the match, bringing his total to 515 runs in the series, the most by a Pakistan batsman in a bilateral ODI series. Zaman and Imam had scored 705 runs together across the series, the most by a pair in a bilateral ODI series. Zaman also recorded the most runs scored by a batsman between two dismissals in ODIs, with 455. Pakistan went on to win the series 5–0.

Pepsi (disambiguation)

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PepsiCo, its manufacturer

Pepsi variations

Pepsi Arena (disambiguation), various other entertainment venues

Pepsi Center, in Denver

Pepsi Center / Elitch Gardens (RTD), the associated light rail station

the Pepsi Centre, in Corner Brook

the Pepsi Globe, its logo

the Pepsi Orange Streak, a roller coaster sponsored by PepsiCo

Rahul Dravid

Rahul Sharad Dravid ( (listen); born 11 January 1973) is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is the current Overseas Batting Consultant for the Indian team, and also the head coach for the Under-19 and 'A' teams. Dravid scored nearly 25000 runs in international cricket. He is colloquially known as Dependable or Mr. Dependable, and often referred to as The Great Wall or The Wall by Indian cricket followers.Born in a Marathi family and brought up in Bangalore, he started playing cricket at the age of 12 and later represented Karnataka at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 levels. Hailed as The Wall, Dravid was named one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2000 and received the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004. In December 2011, he became the first non-Australian cricketer to deliver the Bradman Oration in Canberra.As of December 2016, Dravid is the fourth-highest run scorer in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis. In 2004, after completing his century against Bangladesh in Chittagong, he became the first and the only player till date to score a century in all the ten Test-playing countries. As of October 2012, he holds the record for the most number of catches taken by a player (non-wicket-keeper) in Test cricket, with 210. Dravid holds a unique record of never getting out for a Golden duck in the 286 Test innings which he has played. He has faced 31258 balls, which is the highest number of balls faced by any player in test cricket. He has also spent 44152 minutes at the crease, which is the highest time spent on crease by any player in test cricket.In August 2011, after receiving a surprise recall in the ODI series against England, Dravid declared his retirement from ODIs as well as Twenty20 International (T20I), and in March 2012, he announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket. He appeared in the 2012 Indian Premier League as captain of the Rajasthan Royals.Rahul Dravid, along with Glenn McGrath were honoured during the seventh annual Bradman Awards function in Sydney on 1 November 2012. Dravid has also been honoured with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan award, India's fourth and third highest civilian awards respectively.In 2014, Rahul Dravid joined the GoSports Foundation, Bangalore as a member of their board of advisors. In collaboration with GoSports Foundation he is mentoring India's future Olympians and Paralympians as part of the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme. Indian badminton player Prannoy Kumar, Para-swimmer Sharath Gayakwad and young Golfer S. Chikkarangappa was part of the initial group of athletes to be mentored by Rahul Dravid. In July 2018, Dravid became the fifth Indian cricketer to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame.

Saeed Anwar

Saeed Anwar (Urdu: سعید انور‎; born 6 September 1968, Karachi) is a Pakistani religious preacher and former cricketer and a former captain for Tests and ODIs. An opening batsman and occasional slow left arm orthodox bowler, Anwar played international cricket between 1989 and 2003. Considered as one of greatest opening batsmen Pakistan has ever produced, Anwar has scored twenty centuries in ODIs, more than any other Pakistani batsmen in this format. He played 55 Test matches, scoring 4052 runs with eleven centuries, average 45.52. In 247 One Day Internationals (ODIs) he made 8824 runs at an average of 39.21.

Anwar got a pair at his Test debut against the West Indies in 1990, and scored 169 runs in his third Test against New Zealand in February 1994. In 1998–99, he became the third Pakistani to carry his bat through a Test innings, and scored his highest Test score of 188 not out. He made four ODI centuries at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, including three consecutive during 1993–94. Anwar scored two successive hundreds on three different occasions in his career. He is most notable for scoring 194 runs against India in Chennai in 1997, the highest score for that time, and now the tenth highest individual score in an ODI. Anwar participated in three Cricket World Cups, and captained Pakistan in seven Tests and 11 ODIs. In August 2003, he announced his retirement from International cricket.

Saeed Anwar was the highest runs scoring batsman for Pakistan bin 2003 world cup but was dropped from the team for no reason after 2003 world cup.

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