As Kapil lifted the trophy, a new era was born in Indian cricket and the win changed the face of Indian cricket.
I would like to recollect my childhood memory, one memorable moment was the sight of Captain Kapil Dev running a great distance (about 18–20 yards) to take a catch to dismiss Richards, the West Indies top scorer with 33 from 28 balls
West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first. Gavaskar was dismissed cheaply while the likes of Kris Srikkanth and Mohinder Amarnath got the starts failed to convert them into big scores. Consequently, India were bowled out for 183. In reply, West Indies lost Greenidge early but Viv Richards was taking the match away from India. Viv had hitted 7 boundries just in few balls and looking dangerous on the crease with 33 not out.But table turned,just when it looked he was settling in, Kapil pulled off a terrific catch running behind to dismiss the dangerous batsman. The Indian captain was there again when his team needed him the most.
“I still don’t know from where did he (Kapil) come to take that catch. When Kapil was running back waving to nearest fielder to get out of his way, I knew my time was over,” was how Richards recollected about a catch that turned out to be one of the best in the history of World Cup.
“But when Richards played that shot, my heart was in my mouth. I was probably telling Yashpal, who came running from fine leg to leave it as it was mine. It was about reflexes,” Kapil said.
Madal Lal and Amarnath bowled good spells under pressure and ended up taking three wickets each to dismantle the Windies. The victory was completed when Amarnath trapped Holding in front of the wickets as the Windies were bowled out for 140.
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