New Delhi. June 25 is a very important day in the history of Indian cricket. India won the ODI World Cup for the first time on this day in 1983 under the leadership of Kapil Dev. Then no one expected India to become the world champion. But, the team captained by Kapil Dev made the dream of becoming the world champion come true by defeating the two-time champion in the final held at Lord’s. There are many famous stories related to this victory. One such anecdote is related to Balwinder Singh Sandhu and West Indies fast bowler Malcolm Marshall. Actually, in this match, Marshall had hit a bouncer to Sandhu, who came out to bat at number-11. This made umpire Dickie Bird so upset that he scolded Marshall.
In the special episode of Star Sports related to the 1983 World Cup, the commentators also mentioned this anecdote of Marshall and Sandhu. Syed Kirmani has also narrated this anecdote in many of his interviews. He said in an interview, “I don’t think anyone would have talked about this incident of 1983 World Cup final. Ballu (Balwinder Singh Sandhu) was facing the world’s fastest bowler Malcolm Marshall. Dickie Bird was the umpire. Marshal throws a bouncer to Ballu. By the time he could sense it, the ball started hitting his helmet. Ballu again held himself and started rubbing the helmet.” I was at the non-striker’s end and ran towards the umpire with permission. I asked Ballu, “What are you doing man, why is he rubbing the helmet?”
Marshall had to listen to umpire’s scolding
Kirmani further said in this interview, “Meanwhile, Dickie Bird, Malcolm Marshall came to see Ballu. Dicky Bird lashed out at West Indies’ pacer Marshall and scolded him a lot. I remember then he also used a lewd four letter word. He told the Caribbean pacer, “How dare you throw a bouncer at the last number who can’t bat. Say sorry to him.” Then, Marshall said to Ballu in his typical Caribbean tone, “Sorry man, I didn’t mean to kill you, and when Marshall was back on his run, Ballu gave him a befitting reply, saying, “It’s okay, I’ll do it again.” Ready to bouncer.”
Ballu further said to the marshal, “You think my mind is in the head, no man, my mind is here (pointing to his knees). I have not forgotten this answer of Ballu till date.
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Sandhu took 2 wickets in the match
Let us inform that Kirmani and Balwinder Sandhu shared a 22-run partnership for the last wicket in the final of the 1983 World Cup. The last three batsmen added 42 runs in total and it proved to be decisive in the win-loss. Despite the ball hitting the helmet, Sandhu continued to bat and scored an unbeaten 11 off 39 balls. Later he also took 2 wickets.
Tags: India vs west indies, Kapil Dev, World cup 1983
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 25, 2022, 14:35 IST