Top 10 World Cup facts

Updated: 28 June 2008 09:46 IST

But for those of you who had the benefit of having seen some of the action, here's a list of top 10 things you didn't know about the historic 1983 win!

Top 10 World Cup facts

New Delhi:

With about 50 per cent of India's population under the age of 25, it's unlikely that a lot of you watching may actually remember seeing scenes of India's world cup glory live. For that, there's always television, DVDs and of course, the almost forgotten video cassette.

But for those of you who had the benefit of having seen some of the action, here's a list of top 10 things you didn't know about the historic 1983 win!

You know that K Srikkanth was the highest scorer in the World Cup final but did you know that he was the most newly married member of the squad. He expected an early exit for India and so took his wife along for a honeymoon trip, but the rest as they say is history.

Okay so here's another bit of trivia. Back in the 1983 World Cup, the limited overs game still followed the Test tradition and took lunch just 2 hours into the game in the middle of the first innings.

The best over of the World Cup: Sandeep Patil hitting six fours off a single Bob Willis over. Sorry Yuvi but this rates higher up because this bowler was way better than Stuart Broad.

Mohinder Amarnath, Aravinda de Silva and Shane Warne are in an exclusive club of players to be Man of the Match in semis and final of a World Cup...but Jimmy paji did it first and is top of this trio.

So how hard up was Indian cricket in 1983? No champagne to celebrate the win... no tickets to return home till Air India stepped in... and hardly any rewards but for Lata Mangeshkar whose concert helped raise 1 lakh for each team member.

The contrasts in money from then and now are shocking...think of the day when Mohinder Amarnath got Rs 9000 as Man of the Match while MS Dhoni got 1.5 lakh for every run he scored in the IPL!

Another fact is that the Prudential Cup was the first major cricket event seen in India on colour TV, unfortunately not too many people in India owned colour TV sets in those days.

Certainly there were no colour TVs or TVs in Indian homes in 1932 when India played its first Test at Lord's. By the biggest coincidence ever, CK Nayudu's team and Kapil's devils are linked together by a date. June 25 was the first day of that famous Test and the day India won the World Cup.

And now the most famous quiz question around the World Cup - Sunil Valson got a winners medal even though he did not play a single game for India during the World Cup.

One more interesting fact that you did not know about Kapil's 175 - there is no TV recording of this game because BBC was on strike and even more remarkable is that this venue Tunbridge Wells never hosted an international game either before or after this knock. Just as well because nothing else could have measured up.



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