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Eye Of The Tiger

It was a once-in-a-lifetime innings, and Kapil produced it when needed most

Eye Of The Tiger
Eye Of The Tiger
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THE '83 World Cup was full of upsets from the very first match. On June 9 India shocked the mighty West Indies and took revenge exactly four years after their defeat in the '79 Cup. But the biggest surprise was Zimbabwe's stunning victory over Australia at Trent Bridge the same day. Nine days later the Zimbabweans threatened to repeat the feat against India at Tunbridge Wells. They would surely have succeeded, but for one man called Kapil Dev Nikhanj.

The small Neville Ground, beautifully decorated with rhododendrons, was turned into hallowed space by the Indian captain who essayed an innings of a lifetime that day. The Indians were a despondent lot when they arrived at this venue. Gavaskar was again having a wretched World Cup and, worse still, a rift of sorts had developed between him and his skipper over the opener's omission from the two previous games. Also, as Australia had drawn level with India on points and had a superior run rate in Group B, they needed to not only win but also score around 270 to be sure of qualifying for the semi-finals. Instead, they...

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