Mumbai. Former Indian batsman Krishnamachari Srikkanth said that he did not have any chance of winning in the final of the 1983 World Cup as the entire team was reduced to just 183 runs but the inspiring talk of captain Kapil Dev was successful in getting the team the trophy. India defeated the strong West Indies team by 43 runs in the 1983 World Cup final played at Lord’s in England. The Kapil Dev-led side bowled out two-time champions West Indies for 140 despite being reduced to 183 runs.
On the eve of the 37th anniversary of this memorable victory, Srikanth recalled that magnificent match. Srikanth was the top scorer in this low-scoring final scoring 38 runs. He said in ‘Star Sports 1 Tamil Show Winning the Cup – 1983’, ‘We did not expect anything at all given the West Indies’ strong batting line-up and their 183-run score.’
He said, “But Kapil Dev had said one thing and he did not say that we can win but he said – look we were out for 183 and we should challenge, not lose the match easily.” Srikanth said that the win was a huge achievement and proved to be the ‘turning point’ for Indian cricket.
He said, ‘It was the turning point for Indian cricket and Indians. At a time when cricket was dominated by the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand and others, the completely ‘underdog’ Indian team became the world champion. ‘The former chief selector recalled that board officials had made it difficult for him to reach the final. A bonus of Rs 25,000 was announced.
He said, ‘On the eve of the final, the top officials of the board, joint secretary and everyone were there and there was a short meeting. He said don’t worry about tomorrow’s final, you all have come so far which is fantastic. And whether or not they win this match tomorrow, they announced a bonus of Rs 25,000 for all of us. ‘
Srikanth said, “We were not under so much pressure. Because the West Indies were strong contenders, she was the 1975 and 1979 champion. He dominated the world cricket, so we thought it was a big thing to reach the final. ‘