Vastavam web: Every captain trusts his instincts but for once on June 25, 1983, Kapil Dev had decided to go by gut feeling of his senior seamer Madan Lal.On Wednesday former skipper recollected how Lal, a medium pacer, who could barely hit 130 kmph during his playing days, literally took the ball from his skipper with the conviction that he can get the legendary Richards out.Madan before that over was dispatched disdainfully for three boundaries by Richards and West Indies were in pursuit of a modest target of 184.
“Before that particular over, two-three fours were hit off Madan. So I went to Madan asked him to take a break and comeback after a few overs. To which Madan said ‘Kapsi (that’s how his teammates called him), you give me the ball. I have earlier dismissed Vivian Richards, I can do it once more,” Kapil recalled.”In our hearts, we knew that our team was not the best in the business. Halfway through the tour, we realised that we had a team. When our team was picked, we did not have much confidence but once we started winning matches, everyone was more motivated and played like leaders.”
India’s top wicket-taker Roger Binny spoke about the Kapil Dev’s 175 not out against Zimbabwe as the catalyst.”Before we could finish our morning coffee, we were 17 for 5. I was the sixth batsman and captain was in. We had got 53 overs to go. We took the score to 77 and I got out and seventh wicket also fell. Till then Kapil did not hit any boundaries, then Madan came inside, he shared another 70 run partnership and got out. Kapil was playing in ones and twos.Yashpal Sharma recalled Sir Garfield Sobers’ comments that India were a team to watch out for.
Azad spoke at length about his delivery which foxed England batsman Ian Botham in the semi-final, which helped India to beat England.”The ball remained low and turned. Kapil asked me either the ball can remain low or turn, how did both the things happen? 34 years have gone by, I still don’t know how it happened,” recalled Azad, who is now a politician.