New Delhi: It has been almost four decades since the 1983 World Cup, but even today the historic India-West Indies final continues to hold a special place in the hearts of Indian cricket fans.
The capture of Kapil Dev to sideline Sir Viv Richards is forever etched in the memories of the generation who cheered India in the fierce final at Lord’s on June 25, 1983.
The victory was important in many ways. He scripted a new era for Indian cricket. Facing the powerful West Indies team of Clive Lloyd and with just 183 points to defend, the Kapil Devils did the impossible by offering a memorable performance to lift the prestigious trophy.
Why wasn’t beating the West Indies a joke at the time?
During the 1980s, the West Indies were an invincible team and they were title contenders every time they entered world championships. Back then, even the best hitters in the world would be wary of facing the murderous bowlers of the West Indies, who were playing with real aggression.
They won the 1975 and 1979 World Cups and their dominance made the teams believe that there was only one West Indies and that there were the rest of the teams in the world.
The 1983 World Cup was to follow similar lines, with the Windies aiming for a hat-trick. But on June 25, the team led by Kapil Dev made history and convinced the rest of the world to believe that the Asian teams can get their hands on the trophy as well.
Following the historic feat, the Indian cricket team have won two more world titles to date – the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 ODI World Cup – but what Kapil Dev’s team have achieved in England dominates all. rest.
Now, the highly anticipated ’83’ movie starring Ranveer Singh and others is due out on Friday. To celebrate the occasion, IANS revisits the heroes of the 1983 World Cup to find out what they’re up to now.
Kapil Dev: He was the captain of the Indian team in 1982-87 and led India to historic World Cup victory. He took that brilliant hold in reverse to ward off dangerous Sir Viv Richards in this tournament. The Haryana Hurricane continued to play international cricket until 1994, landing 434 test wickets in 131 test matches, a record broken in 2000 by Courtney Walsh. He later served as the coach of India. Today he is associated with a television news channel as a cricket expert and is also a professional golfer. He also invested in a few restaurants.
Sunil Gavaskar: The ’83 World Cup might not have been his best outing, but the living legend’s expertise helped the team in their campaign to win the trophy. After his retirement in 1987, he served as Vice President of the Mumbai Cricket Association, Acting President of BCCI and Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee. Today Gavaskar is one of the best cricket commentators in the world. Gavaskar is also a director of the Professional Management Group (PMG).
Mohinder “Jimmy” Amarnath: He was vice-captain of the 1983 World Cup winning team and man of the match in the final and semi-finals. He picked up three wickets for 12 races and also scored 26 crucial points in the final. He then presented a weekly cricket training program on television in the early 1990s, “Cricket with Mohinder Amarnath”. Now based in Goa, Amarnath is a cricket analyst for various news channels.
Krishnamachari Srikkanth: The explosive opener scored the highest (38 points) in the low-scoring 1983 World Cup final. And he played good shots throughout this World Cup. After hanging up his bat in competitive cricket, he coached India A, was India’s head coach, went on to be an IPL mentor and was also seen commenting on the TNPL. He also wrote newspaper columns at IPL 2018 and currently runs his own business.
Balwinder Sandhu: The Mumbai-born playmaker had dismissed opener Gordon Greenidge, who was a renowned ODI player. He also scored 11 points and won two wickets in the summit clash. He coached the Mumbai team in the 90s, but was in the spotlight after that until the 83 team took him on to coach the cast.
Madan Lal: He won the crucial wickets of Desmond Haynes, Sir Viv Richards and Larry Gomes in the historic final. After his retirement he coached the UAE team and even the Indian national team for a while. Currently, he is a TV cricket analyst and runs a cricket academy at Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi.
Syed Kirmani: He won the award for best wicket keeper at the 1983 Cricket World Cup and is considered one of the best henchmen to have played for India. He starred in the 1985 Bollywood film, “Kabhi Ajnabi The”. He also received the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.
Yashpal Sharma: He was an intermediate order hitter and also scored the second-most points in the 1983 World Cup. After his retirement, he became the head coach of Team India. In 2014, he was appointed to head the Delhi Cricket Advisory Board. He passed away earlier this year in July.
Kirti Azad: He was a batsman in the 1983 World Cup team and retired from all forms of cricket in 1986. Subsequently, he followed in his father’s footsteps, a former Union Minister and Minister of Cricket. leader of Bihar, Bhagwat Jha Azad, and entered politics. He was a member of Lok Sabha and recently joined the Trinamool Congress after leaving the Indian National Congress.
Roger Binny: He was a versatile man who wowed everyone with his bowling performance in the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He also took the most wickets in this tournament. He is currently a board member of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA).
Ravi Shastri: He was an all-rounder. He later became the manager of India’s national cricket team in 2014 and then served as its head coach until recently when Rahul Dravid got the job.
Dilip Vengsarkar: He was a batter and succeeded Kapil Dev as captain after the 1987 Cricket World Cup. He runs three cricket academies, two in Mumbai and one in Pune. These academies provide free cricket training to selected players.
Sandeep Patil: He was also a hitter on the 1983 World Cup winning team. He was subsequently offered a role in the romantic musical drama “Kabhi Ajnabi The” (1985), which also starred Syed Kirmani and Sachin Tendulkar in a small role. He coached the Indian team and the “A” team. He was also the coach of the Kenyan team for a time and president of the BCCI coaches.
Sunil Valson: He was the only player on the team to have played no 1983 World Cup game. In recent times he has been foreman of the Delhi Capitals IPL team.
PR Man Singh: He was the manager of the team and an integral part of the 1983 World Cup victory. He was the only official to accompany the team to England.