I carried a bottle of champagne when we went to play the final: Kapil Dev
The West Indies were invincible! Invincible they were since Kapil Dev led India proved the fact otherwise! History rewritten in 1983, in the iconic Lord’s balcony when the third Prudential World Cup was lifted high in the air by a subcontinent team cricketers and their captain the great Kapil Dev and not by Clive Lloyd.
In an exclusive interview with Times of India, the former Indian captain told he ‘believed his team can win the world cup’ although it was hardly ever believed by anyone else of the time to beat the indomitable Caribbean cricketers.
So firm was the hope that, it was said Kapil carried a champagne bottle with him in the day of the final.
“It means everything. It was the greatest moment of my life and I am sure the other 13 cricketers will also echo the same emotion. It was a splendid victory. I carried a bottle of champagne in my bag when I went to the ground to play the final,”
said the iconic figure of Indian cricket.
“What I can recall is that I had the belief that we can win the Cup. I was the captain and if the captain does not have confidence then how will he inject the same into the other members of the team? I told myself even if we lose, we still can celebrate the moment of reaching the final,” Kapil told.
He went on saying, “I went straight to Clive Lloyd and told him that I am taking the champagne bottles for my boys since you don’t require them now. Clive just nodded his head and I brought all the champagne bottles from the West Indies dressing room.”
For the imminent event to come, Kapil predicted it could be the hosts to leapfrog others in this occasion to take the World title.
“Looks like England. India and Australia will also reach up to the semifinals. After that it is all about destiny, some amount of luck is needed. India has got a balanced side. They should do well,” he said.