Outlook talked with several World Cup stars to discuss the key moments of the final and the tournament. Excerpts
Cricket was indeed played before the win and, yes, there was glamour in the
game. But this was something unforeseen. The cricket we have today, its
beginning was made in 1983. Probably, it was the beginning of the belief among
players that they could achieve anything in any form of the cricket, that they
could reach the top.
The craze for cricket started then. One-day cricket became more popular and more and more people started playing the game. Media also became better. The attention was on the game, and people began to feel that if we can achieve something in the game, in sport, why could we not do something in other things as well?
There was talent in Asia, but it never seemed to come together at the right time. But after India's win, the teams from the region began to feel they could win. Pakistan had done very well in the past, they'd reached the semifinals... Then they finally won in 1992, and Sri Lanka in 1996.
I always believed in playing without fear. I've always believed that he who fears is dead: jo dar gaya woh mar gaya. So to win, you have to give up fear, and even if you have to risk something, you must do that.
(As told to Rohit Mahajan)