Former India player Balwinder Sandhu praised Kapil Dev’s inspiring captaincy, which led to India winning the World Cup in 1983 and beating the mighty Caribbean. Sandhu, who was also a member of the World Cup-winning team, talked about Kapil Dev’s influence on the team in an interview with TimesofIndia.com
Balwinder Sandhu took 8 wickets in the tournament, which included a wicket from Gordon Greenidge in the final, giving India an opening to defend 183.
“Kapil Dev will always be my captain. He’s our captain forever. Because Kapil is an instinctive captain and he led from the front. His hunger for victories never died. We were ready to die for him on earth. It was that kind of thing. commitment I had for him. Such a love and affection I have for him. Even now I say I can do anything for him. He once said to me that I hate to lose. He said fight until your last breath.
“I will always have love, respect and affection for him. I will also give credit to Sunil (Gavaskar). He let me grow as a cricketer. He would give me the freedom to explore and grow as a cricketer. Both Kapil and Sunil’s captaincy were different, but I enjoyed playing under both. Sunil allowed me to grow as a cricketer and Kapil taught me to be hungry for victories. “ Balwinder Sandhu told Timesofindia.com
Former India all-rounder Madan Lal, who was also part of the historic victory, also spoke on similar lines. Lal believed that Kapil Dev was the best all-rounder ever produced in the world. Madan Lal, popularly called Maddi Pa by his teammates, took 17 wickets in the tournament, which included wickets from Sir Viv Richards, Desmond Haynes and Larry Gomes in the final.
Kapil is the best all-rounder produced by any country. He has checked every box-bowling, batting or fielding. You just can not compare Kapil Dev with anyone in the world. Sunil Gavaskar is the best batsman I have ever seen in the world. In the same way, Kapil is the world’s best all-rounder. I’ve seen great percussionists, but no one is near Sunil Gavaskar. Both Gavaskar and Kapil were amazing, skilled and determined. They held the Indian flag high all the time. He (Kapil) will certainly always be my captain, Lal spoke to Timesofindia.com
Madan Lal recalled Viv Richards’ famous wicket in the final and remembered his memory of how he asked Kapil Dev to give him an extra over, and eventually it paid off. Kapil Dev himself took a brilliant catch that ran backwards to send the West Indies back into the pavilion, triggering the collapse of the West Indies.
“I was hit a couple of fours by Viv Richards. I would bowl again and would bowl again and would give it back to him. I told Kapil I would bowl again and try something else. He was not ready, but I succeeded. to convince him. Viv was such an amazing player and hit us all over the earth. Kapil looked me in the eyes and handed the next one over to me. He showed me confidence and I did not disappoint him,”Madal Lal remembered.
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