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Monday, Sep 27, 2021
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Stick Together

South Africa, Australia have mastered the art of playing as a team; subcontinental squads rely on individual brilliance

Stick Together
Stick Together
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WHEN I played my first World Cup in 1975, I was very young. That was the second time I was travelling out of my country. The first time was when we played a few unofficial Tests in Sri Lanka. In that World Cup I got to meet all the greats of that era. I played in nearly all the matches. I remember in the first game against the Windies, I scored 28 not out. My 12 overs of leg-breaks went for 40-odd runs and I took the prized wicket of Clive Lloyd.

Our loss to the Windies really rankled. We had nine of their wickets down and they still had 60 runs to get. Andy Roberts saved the day for them. Most of our supporters in Birmingham left early thinking that victory would now be ours. It came as a big shock to them when they heard on the news that we had lost. I think from that day onwards even the commentators stopped hazarding the odd guess.

Till now, no team which was a favourite has won the Cup. Australia and England had strong teams in 1975 and 1979. They didn't win. The Windies were hands-down favourites in 1983. Look what happened to them. In 1987, India...

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