Outlook talked with several World Cup stars to discuss the key moments of the final and the tournament. Excerpts
The turning point was when Mohinder Amarnath took out the last man, LBW! Of
course the wicket of Richards was crucial, but I thought Clive Lloyd's wicket
was even more important. He had the experience, he had done it before also. As
long as Lloyd was there, he could have taken his team slowly to the target.
Vivian Richards could win a match single-handedly, but Lloyd was the man who
took the team along, slowly and steadily. Once he was out, the pressure was on
them. From 66/5 and 76/6, they were the team that had to make a comeback into
Against, Zimbabwe, izzat ka khyal thha, aur kuchh nahin thha! [It was just a matter of pride, nothing else] I was only worried about our honour. Some days are made for you - that day was made for me. I was the important person for the team that day. In the next game it was the turn of Roger Binny and Madan Lal. Then Mohinder Amarnath and Kirti Azad. In every match, someone had to give the performance of a lifetime -- that's how you win a tournament.
In that innings, someone had to run with me, someone had to stand at the non-striker's end. Those runs were in my name, but how many runs they ran with and for me! If you play for 15 years, there will be one day at least when it's just perfect for you. Like Yuvraj, the day he hit six sixes.
That was my day, the day the team required me very badly to do something extraordinary. And I was the one who stood there.
(As told to Rohit Mahajan)