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Kris Srikkanth Madness Of Kapil Dev Led Them To Win The 1983 World Cup
By CricShots - Dec 22, 2021 5:42 pm
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The Indian team under the captaincy of Kapil Dev win the maiden World Cup in 1983 in England. The members of the winning squad were reduced to tears while sharing anecdotes from the title-winning campaign during a special show conducted by India Today and it was hosted by their consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai.

India's 1983 World Cup winner
India’s 1983 World Cup-winning squad

The India Today show named ‘Stars of 83!’ is a special program on the reel-to-reel journey of India’s greatest win on the cricket field reloaded featuring the members of India’s WC-winning squad like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sandeep Patil, and the movie stars who portrayed the role of the Indian players in the biopic.

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The film follows how the Indian cricket team, a team that no one believed in, and everyone considered them as underdogs, but went on to win India’s first-ever World Cup in 1983 by beating the defending champions, West Indies.

Speaking to India Today Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, former Indian opener, Kris Srikkanth highlighted how Kapil Dev’s mad drive to win the World Cup motivated the team in England and the brilliance of the captain. India wasn’t even considered to have the ability to win the tournament but they fought hard despite the odds stacked against them to stun Clive Lloyd’s West Indies in an epic final.

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It is safe to say the image of Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup trophy on the Lord’s balcony changed the dynamics of world cricket. It inspired millions, including one of the greatest batters like Sachin Tendulkar. 

India’s route to the final saw them comfortably make it through Group B with four wins from six, before seeing off hosts England at Old Trafford in the semi-final. The Indian team then locked horns with the Windies in the final who were in the hunt for a hat-trick of World Cup titles but were to be shocked by a determined Indian bowling line-up.

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