09 December 2010
World Cup winners share fond memories
Years after winning the titles for their respective countries, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Vivian Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga take a trip down the memory lane
L-R: Kapil Dev, Vivian Richards, Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga at the World Cup promotional event.
Whether it was Richards' feeling about Kapil Dev's stunning catch to dismiss Viv Richards in the 1983 final or Imran Khan's rib-tickling take on Javed Miandad, it was an enriching experience as the stars of yesteryears spoke about their experience of winning game's most coveted trophy.
"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.
When Kapil was asked about it, he chuckled, "When Viv is around, we don't normally talk about that catch."
"The best part about that dismissal was Madan Lal's urge to bowl that particular over. Maddipa (that's how Madan Lal is referred in cricketing community) literally snatched the ball from my hands and went on to bowl that over. When someone has so much confidence, you give in.
"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.
However the trio of Imran, Kapil and Ranatunga agreed that Richards was undoubtedly the most destructive player during their time.
"There were a lot of great batsmen during our times but they would merely look to survive against fast bowling. But Richards use to think about destroying the best of attacks.
"I remember when I was at my quickest, I use to look straight at the batsmen. It was a psychological ploy but it never worked against Richards. In case of Viv, he gave an impression that he was not scared," Imran, the most articulate of the quartet, said.
All the four, however agreed in unison that a captain's duty is to lead from the front. "If you perform, you command respect from your colleagues," Kapil and Imran spoke in same vein.
As the discussion veered towards men and memories, they were ready to tickle funny bones of all present.
When Imran was asked about Javed Miandad, he had the house in splits. "I saw Javed when he was 18 and he is still the same. The process of evolution has bypassed him!" he said.
But the deep respect came out when he spoke about his fighting qualities. "Javed was a street fighter. You always knew that in pressure situations, he would give more than hundred percent."
About Inzamam, Imran said, "I saw him batting against Wasim and Waqar at the nets a year before and told him that he would play World Cup. I don't think after Viv, anyone had that extra time at his disposal to play real quickies. Inzy had that.
"As far as his running between the wickets were concerned, I retired after World Cup so couldn't guide him properly," Imran brought the house down.
Ranatunga recollected having started mind games even before the start of the 1996 World Cup.
"Before the start of the World Cup, I made a statement in the media that Waugh brothers and Shane Warne are over-rated cricketers. The ploy worked as it didn't go down well with the Aussies and they were speaking a lot about it during World Cup as we focussed on the game," the wity former Lankan captain said.
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