Didn't know how to even hold a bat until I was 19!!! So obviously, I was not exactly a much reliable person to bat during my innings about 3 years after I started learning cricket. I had become a good bowler but not a batsman. So one time we were playing a whole 50 overs match in which we needed 326 runs to win. Our top order got out early, all rounders took us to 95 in around 25 overs but before they really kicked off playing faster they got out. The next two bowlers got out and I went in 8 down. I had practiced hitting big only and never ever even thought of playing totally with patience and strategy. Was kind of a hot headed guy as I couldn't handle anyone abusing me, sledging especially when I can't get back to them in the next innings. That day I played beautifully, not to gloat, but I seriously shocked myself and everyone else. In the next 12 overs we got to 180 and then the next 3 overs were each hit for 10 runs an over. Needing a much more possible target of 116 in 10 overs. Knocked it out of the park every chance I got, even got to hit sixes on the guys sledging me. In 48 overs we were at 318 runs. I was at 195!! The other guy literally had to do nothing but change strikes this whole time, he didn't know how to bat at all. He got the first delivery of the 49th over, tries to hit the cover drive, we were changing strike quite peacefully but seeing the fielder stop it perhaps got him too nervous so he actually RAN BACK!! I got out at 195, with our team needing 9 runs to win and 11 deliveries to go, in a RUN OUT. And guess what, the guy tried to come forward and hit a six in the next delivery and got stumped. We lost.
Not exactly the thrilling story everyone remembers, but that was the match after which I actually started focusing on other teammates, becoming a kind of leader and eventually a captain in our team. But the reason I remember this inning truthfully, is that I never even made a 150 again. Never brought a match from this far. I did make a fast 50, even fast centuries and even did 147 runs not out while giving a target but never got to experience the feeling I lost then. Now I have shifted, don't play there. Play quite less as a matter of fact.