1983 World Cup: What Syed Kirmani told Kapila Deva when India was defeated against Zimbabwe

The Kapil’s Devils, now in their sixties and seventies, gathered in Mumbai on Wednesday. They were getting ready for the premiere at 8 p.m. Director Kabir Khan’s ’83’ rewinds to the best of Indian cricket, bringing back memories of India’s first World Cup triumph

On the phone, Sunil Walson sounded excited. “We are preparing for the prime minister. We will all go together, “he said. The left hand did not win a single game at the 1983 World Cup. His teammates made sure he never felt left out.

The film’s official trailer, available on YouTube, takes viewers back to June 18, 1983. Tunbridge Wells was the scene, and India faced Zimbabwe after its successive defeats by the West Indies and Australia. They played to survive.

A voice from the cloakroom informs Kapila Deva about the shaky beginning. “Kaps, two are down.” The captain scolds him, “Let me take a shower.” It was fast 9/4 and 17/5. India has come out of the World Cup.

Success of this magnitude carries an overload of anecdotes. Syed Kirmani shared one … “I approached Kapila, who was standing there, his head bowed. It was a match with 60 overs and we still had 35 overs in our shifts. I said to Kapila: ‘Listen Kaps, we are in a do or die situation. We can’t just sit and die. ‘ ‘Maar ke marne ka hai (we will go down hitting),’ he said. I tried to inspire him by saying, ‘You are the best striker on the Indian team. I will take singles and give you a strike. You will try to guess every delivery ‘. He said: ‘Kiri bhai, humko aur 35 overs khelna hai (we still have to play 35 overs). I will do my best. “

What followed became part of folklore. Kapil’s 175 absences remain arguably the biggest innings with limited competition in the history of Indian cricket. The skipper, however, was still angry at the capitulation of the highest order. After lunch, he returned to the dressing room, ready to let go of his hair dryer. But the main hall was empty. Hiding in the foyer was the idea of ​​an older cricketer and stopped the captain’s rage. Last week, while at a film promotion in Calcutta, Kapil admitted it was a smart calling.

He was a young captain who needed the support of his seniors, at a time when Indian cricket was a prisoner of zone lobbies. Kirmani recalled that the skipper’s first team meeting was crucial. “On the eve of our first game we had a team meeting, where Kapil said,‘ listen gentlemen, you are all seven seniors, you don’t need my leadership. You will have to guide me. ‘ It was a big statement that the team wanted. We progressed as a team as the tournament progressed, although we didn’t have support staff (sometimes not even a team bus). Of course, we were a little lucky. But happiness only helps you when you do your job honestly. ”

Interrupt Kapil’s team talk after India were 183 all in the final. Once again, Kirmani is the narrator. “Even after we were against 183 in the final, we didn’t look back. We had nothing to lose. Kapil said, ‘let’s do our best’. We have already exaggerated. We decided to do our best. “

Some anecdotes have a touch of mischief. Grapevine says Kapil’s instruction to Balwinder Sandhu was not to throw the ball with the insinger, and Sandeep Patil leads a fine line of legs – all frivolous jokes, never to offend anyone.

Dilip Vengsarkar spoke about the celebration after the finals. “Fans came and occupied the lobby of the hotel. They played drums and dholok. We danced to bhangra beats. The champagne was flowing. ”

Bouncer Malcolm Marshall, who fell on his cheekbone and demanded eight stitches to repair, knocked Vengsarkar off the field until the end of the World Cup. But on June 25, when Mohinder Amarnath ripped out the last door of the West Indies and ran towards the pavilion, he was on the Lord’s balcony to cheer.

India overcame a 66-1 chance of winning the 1983 World Cup, at the expense of Krishnamachari Srikkantha’s honeymoon trip to the United States, firmly in the cheek. In fact, some other cricketers have also booked flights to the US. No one gave the outsiders a chance sixty-six times. When the unthinkable happened, the first port must be Delhi, and then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi waited to congratulate the golden boys.

The Ranveer Singh-starrer, 83, was an ambitious Khan project, something the whole country is waiting for. “It was a work of love that we nurtured for years. I can’t wait for everyone to finally see how it comes to life on screen, “said the director indianexpress.com.

India has won the World Cup, but the story is not over yet. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) was denied two additional tickets to the finals, and then-BCCI president NKP Salve, in collaboration with his Pakistani Cricket Committee counterpart Noor Khan, set out to break the Anglo-Australian cricket duopoly. Four years later, India and Pakistan jointly hosted the World Cup. The new superpower of the game gradually replaced the old one.


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