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What a view! Worth the wait that dragged on for 28 years

1986, HOW YESTERDAY WAS IT -------------------------------------------------------

Like in 1986, the Indian team has a Sharma and Binny this time, too. If Kapil Dev had Chetan Sharma and Roger Binny, M.S. Dhoni has Ishant Sharma and Stuart Binny, the son of Roger. Not everything was a mirror image: Kapil was the Man of the Match then; this time, it’s Ishant

Halley’s Comet

Yes, it was in 1986 that we last saw the comet that returns to Earth’s vicinity about every 75 years. It is due again in 2061 — which means unless our boys break the 28-year cycle, Halley’s will spot only one more Lord’s victory by India between now and then

Disaster...

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster took place in 1986. Chernobyl is at present in independent Ukraine — a country that now finds itself at the centre of an international tragedy

...and deliverance

1986 was a big stepping stone to the fall of the Berlin Wall three years later. Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met at Reykjavik in 1986. The talks failed but the ice of the Cold War was broken. In the same year, Russia launched space station Mir, which means “world” and “peace”. Mir raised the first crop of wheat to be grown from seed to seed in outer space, outlasted the Soviet Union and became history’s highest stage for US-Russia partnership

The hand...

No one needs to be reminded that Diego Maradona showed the world the Hand of God (and foot of the devil) in 1986

...and the fist

But memories may have to be jogged about a fearsome fist: that of Mike Tyson, who won his first world boxing title in 1986. Mike’s biting legacy got a fresh lease of life in Luis Suarez last month

The opera

Next time you are in London, catch The Phantom of the Opera at West End and remind yourself that it opened in 1986 and over 130 million people have seen the musical up until the day India buried its Lord’s phantom

Sorry, Georgie

Not a perfect gift for His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge — better known as the son of William and Kate — who celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday. But receiving the Queen and others, the third in line to the throne will be too busy to bother about Lord’s 1986 or 2014. George’s grand uncle, Prince Andrew, is unlikely to forget 1986 in a hurry — that’s the year he married Sarah Ferguson, only to divorce her 10 years down the line.