6/4/2019 2:05:07 AM (GMT+3)

We never expected to win World Cup in 1983: Srikkanth

We never expected to win World Cup in 1983: Srikkanth

LONDON: Former captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth said India never thought of winning the 1983 World Cup and that’s why his flight was booked from Bombay to New York with just a stopover in London.

“When we left the shores of India in 1983 we never expected to win the title. In fact, my flight was from Bombay to New York with just a stopover in London for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup,” said the 59-year-old told ICC Media.

The former Tamil Nadu batsman, who was an integral part of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, said it was due to captain Kapil Dev’s self-belief that rubbed on his team-mates and that was one of the reasons for the historic triumph.

India beat the mighty West Indies in the final at the Lord’s on June 25, 1983, but the two-time champions had a poor World Cup record heading into the 1983 tournament.

“In the first two World Cups, the only team we had beaten was East Africa, we even lost to Sri Lanka who were not yet a Test team,” said Srikkanth, who top-scored in the final with a blistering 38.

But under the captaincy of Kapil they were able to beat defending champions West Indies in the final.

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