Thursday, November 10, 2005

1983 - The year when history was made

I could not resist the temptation but to blog these pics I was able to lay my hands on. I was two years old when history was written in Indian cricketing world. A new religion was made in the land where already religions are aplenty. The match was won by then-underdogs overthrowing the then-mighty Windies was like attaining Niravana for the nation brimming with cricket lovers. Without further ado, let me put these pics, a magnificent memorabilia of the 1983 world cup finals.

Though, a picture speaks a thousand words, here goes a small description of the pics above -
(Top to bottom, L to R)
#Mohinder Amarnath's patient innings of 26 helps India move steadily towards a total of 183.
#Final Moments! Kapil Dev snares West Indies tail-ender Andy Roberts lbw to leave India on the brink of victory.
#A huge crowd charge into the ground to celebrate the victory and the Indian team race out. History was made!
#Delighted supporters throng on to the Lord's pitch to join in with the Indian celebrations.
# Kapil Dev Praaji shows off the cup to delighted supporters
#Man of the match Amarnath and India's captain Kapil Dev share a joke during the presentation ceremony.
#India's team and management revel in their unexpected triumph over the West Indies.
1.Kapil Dev 2.Sunil Gavaskar 3.Mohinder Amarnath 4.Sandeep Patil 5.Yashpal Sharma 6.Roger Binny 7.Madan Lal 8.Syed Kirmani 9.Balwinder Sandhu 10.K Srikkanth 11.Kirti Azad12.Ravi Shastri 13.Dilip Vengsarkar 14.Sunil Valson Team manager: P R Man Singh

Hope the history repeats itself in 2007. Looking at the cuurent form, as BBC says "Ruthless Indians are trouncing Srilankans", and if the form continues, we sure will have another World Cup on BBCI medal shelves and love for cricket will touch new heights. Hoping for 2007 World Cup....


Mary said...

Legends! I hope that India can do it again in 2007 :)

Love the photos too!

Ravi said...

Gosh those were the days, weren't they? Winning as underdogs is a highly satisfying feeling. With all the history behind, India will never get that pleasure again.

PS: I just realised that you must be about one or two months elder to me.

Varkey said...

the performance of the indian team in the current series is amazing ...
but still they are lice Mclaren ... great team ...but very much Unreliable ....Din ..I just couldnt waste such a chance to take a dig at them lol

hope the indian team becomes a ferrari by 2007 ;)

Dinesh said...

@Mary: :)Thanks.

@Ravi: Why wudnt India find the same pleasure again? If 2007 WC is ours, wait and watch the tremndous response. I reckon it'll be mammoth month long celebrations..:). Cool, 7 April 81 is when I was landed on earth. When did u?

@Vark: Sure mate! The experimentation being done currently with the team is awesome. I hope by 2007, a splendid team is selected and WC won.

Truman said...

In all the photos that were taken on this day after India won the world cup, Srikanth is seen smoking. Later he confessed he smoked about 40 cigarettes that evening.

And the match before this, the India vs Zimbabwe match in which Kapil Dev hit a majestic 175, India were in dire straits before Kapil came on the crease. At that time Srikanth and his wife had gone to the gallery of the stadium to get some "air". Chilly as it was, while Dev started playing, the couple on the gallery (and the rest of the team in the dressing room) were ordered not to move an inch from where they were, keeping the age old superstition. Kapil stayed on to play the rest of the overs while Srikanth could not move from where he was, all the time in the chill !

Dinesh said...

@Truman: Wow, Excellent trivia! Hey, but look at the pic just above team pic, Kris Srikanth isn't smoking :) !