Kris Srikanth reveals how Kapil Dev motivated the team to defend a meager total of 183 in the 1983 World Cup Finals

India is considered as one of the giants in the sporting arena of cricket, but in 1983 they were no threat for the well-established teams back then. India’s maiden 1983 World Cup final win is considered in the history of sports as one of the greatest underdog tales. During the 1983 World Cup, there weren’t many expectations for the Indian cricket team to perform well. So, when India qualified for the finals to face the mighty West Indian team for many it looked like the tale of David and Goliath.

Former Indian batsman Kris Srikanth who was a part of the 1983 team said on Star Sports show about how the former Indian captain Kapil Dev gave a pep-talk that resulted in the team defending a meager total of 183. Srikanth revealed Kapil Dev’s pep-talk in which the former captain did not say his team that they could win the match, but instead all he wanted from them was to give the opposition resistance and not give away the match very easily.

Srikanth said the historic victory was a turning point in cricket since it showed the world that among other dominant teams like West Indies, Australia and England a complete underdog can still win the tournament. This victory later inspired a whole nation for generations to come transforming India into a giant in the sport of cricket.

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