Salaam Cricket 2019: Sunil Gavaskar clarifies 1983 World Cup America trip rumours

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar clarified that Kapil Dev’s World Cup-winning team did not plan to go the United States after the group stages of the 1983 World Cup.Gavaskar said the rumours were baseless but revealed that he and his teammates had planned to go the US after the completion of the World Cup.Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday, Gavaskar insisted that the trip was certainly planned but they weren’t so pessimistic about India’s chances that they had decided to leave right after the group stages.”They certainly are [rumours]. I must put that story correctly. It wasn’t after the group stages. We had planned to go to America after the World Cup. We weren’t pessimistic but weren’t too hopeful,” Gavaskar said.At a promotional event in 2017, World Cup-winning former India opener Krishnamachari Srikanth had revealed the US trip plan. Srikanth had said Gavaskar had called him and told him about the US trip plan just ahead of their departure to the UK for the 1983 World Cup.”The plan was Mumbai to New York and a stop-over in London to play the World Cup, by the way. All of us had booked the tickets. Because you have to understand, before 1983 World Cup, India had participated in two World Cups [1975 and 1979] and we had beaten only one team-a team called East Africa, which was a bunch of Gujaratis put together, nothing else,” Srikanth had said.Gavaskar added that India started taking the ODI format seriously only during their trip to Australia in 1980.advertisement”Our turnaround in the whole format started when we went to Australia in 1980 where we played 10 ODI games. That’s the first time we started to take ODI cricket seriously. Earlier on, we just went in like a Sunday game. This time there were prizes at the end. There was a trophy to be won as well. Earlier on, there was nothing to be won. Then we came to the West Indies in 1983 and we beat them in a match in Guyana,” Gavaskar added.”We weren’t silly by thinking we would win it. But we weren’t pessimistic.”India, who were considered underdogs, went on to win the 1983 World Cup under Kapil Dev’s captaincy. Despite posting only 183 in the big final against the then powerhouses West Indies but they defended it to create glory at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.ALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: Sunil Gavaskar, Shane Warne recollect their favourite moments at Lord’sALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timinglast_img

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