That last-ball six to me is as good as a golden goal in a football World Cup: Aditya Tare

For Tare, it's a very special moment.

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare plays for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and for Mumbai in domestic cricket. He has played 35 matches in the cash-rich league. In these games, he has scored only 339 runs at an average of 14.12. This has led to the batsman not getting enough opportunities in the future.

It’s often said that despite all that a player accomplishes in his career, it’s one moment that’s etched in everybody’s mind that ends up defining him. For Tare, this moment came in the IPL 2014 in a match against Rajasthan Royals. It was a match, the Mumbai franchise needed to win in order to qualify for the playoffs. With the equation coming down to a boundary or six required in one ball, the wicketkeeper-batsman showed a glimpse of his talent.

Aditya Tare’s last-ball six guides Mumbai Indians to the playoffs

In an Instagram Live session with Cricket Graph, Aditya Tare recalled the night when he emerged as the hero for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2014. The Mumbai-based franchise needed a boundary or a six to seal their playoffs berth, and Aditya Tare came out to bat after the dismissal of Ambati Rayudu. Though it was his first ball, Tare managed to send James Faulkner’s delivery over the boundary in what was one of the most magnificent finishes to an IPL match.

The right-handed batsman took his shirt off and celebrated aggressively after that heroic six, “I had my eyes on the shorter boundary at the leg side, which I was confident about clearing. I thought he was going to bowl me at off stump but he offered me a full-toss. I middled it perfectly and the ball went into the stands. The fact that it happened in Wankhede was great in front of our loyal fan base. That last-ball six to me is as good as a golden goal in a football World Cup. The celebration was purely my instinct as a football fan,” he revealed.

“Wherever I go or meet people, the first thing they keep reminding me about is the last ball six and the celebration. So it is a very special moment for me,” Tare added.

That match has been one of the most memorable games of the tournament and it’s no surprise that Tare’s last-ball six has been saved in everyone’s mind.