Two days after a stellar Indian test team came to coach against New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC), members of the team that won the 1983 World Cup, which opposed the chances of winning the title, gathered here for the start of Opus, a luxury limited edition book that reflects the world’s greatest sporting achievements. Friday marked the 38th anniversary of the triumph of the World Cup.
The current Indian captain Virat Kohli, who failed to inspire his team to overcome the final hurdles in the last three International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments – losing the Champions Trophy final in 2017, the 2019 World Cup final and the WTC final – would it was good to seek inspiration from Kapil Dev, who leads a team of outsiders to upset one of the greatest teams to land, the West Indies, led by Clive Lloyd.
Before the 1983 World Cup campaign against defending champions, Capil Dev delivered an exciting speech that fired the team, which went on to beat West India with 34 runs at the start of the tournament.
“Capil’s speech was inspiring. He told us in the locker room before the first World Cup match that if we can beat West India in the West Indies before, why can’t we beat them again,” recalled Kirti Azad, a member of the squad, to IANS.
India defeated West India in the ODI months before the Caribbean World Cup. Although they lost this bilateral ODI 2-1 series, the victory gave them inspiration.
However, the warm-up to the World Cup was bad. The Indians played four practice matches and lost three of them, including one of the Small Counties XI. However, the team had confidence.
“We were in shape [Mohinder] Amarnate, thick [Dilip] Wengsarkar and we had tailors who met the conditions. More importantly, the connection was important after all, “Azad said.
India then repeated the action of the final, defeating the men of the Caribbean with 43 tracks.
Former Indian all-rounder Madan Lal, who picked three wickets in the final, said being sweetened helps.
“I think it helps to be an outsider,” Lal told IANS on Thursday, comparing the 1983 victory to India’s recent losses in crisis games in ICC tournaments.
The then skipper Kapil had said perfectly before the start: “We have nothing to lose, let’s give our 100 percent.”
Kapil, known for his determination, had already done the unthinkable by becoming a fast bowler in a country known only for spinners since independence. Exactly 38 years ago, he led the team to a victory in a title that no one had predicted.
He led the way, as in the match against the debutants in the tournaments Zimbabwe – killed 175, not after India was reduced to 17 by five. India won this match.