The Lords of Wankhede: WV Raman, R Kaushik’s ebook unveiled at a star-studded operate


India’s triumph on the 1983 World Cup after beating the mighty West Indies marked an epochal shift within the nation’s cricketing panorama. It turned the No.1 sport, and by 2011 when India gained once more, the success was seen as a nationwide ceremony of passage.

Former India cricketer W.V. Raman and senior journalist R. Kaushik have set about exploring the evolution of Indian cricket in these 28 years within the ebook  The Lords of Wankhede, which was unveiled at a star-studded operate, graced by the likes of Dilip Vengsarkar, VVS Laxman and Venkatesh Prasad amongst others, on the Century Membership right here on Tuesday.

The tag of a world champion, although, was powerful to put on, conceded Vengsarkar. “It was very tough, as a result of the BCCI invited the West Indies to India very quickly,” the 67-year-old stated, because the viewers burst into laughter.

“They got here totally ready. The one-day collection was particularly dangerous as a result of we misplaced all video games. I nonetheless keep in mind the match in Jamshedpur the place Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge have been having a contest — who would hit longer. We have been simply watching.”

Regardless, the victory impressed many a budding cricketer, together with VVS Laxman. “You may ask Sachin, Sourav and plenty of others, all of us really feel the identical — the 1983 win was a turning level in our lives.”

“All of us got here up the ranks and at all times thought of maximising our potential as a staff, each at house and abroad. To reside that dream from across the age of 9 and characterize the nation was an enormous honour.”

India’s story between the 2 Cup wins is punctuated by many historic moments, just like the 1986 tied Take a look at between India and Australia, Anil Kumble’s excellent 10 and India changing into the No.1 Take a look at nation in 2009. The ebook presents vivid sketches of those and of many different accomplishments.

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“Cricket within the Nineteen Eighties was of nice high quality and was very aggressive,” recalled Raman. “Within the tied Take a look at, a whole lot of issues have been neglected. The outcome can be spoken about for hundreds of years. However Kapil’s hundred in that sport was one in every of his finest. Late Dean Jones’ innings (210 & 24) and Greg Mathews’ bowling (10/249)…”

There may be additionally room within the ebook for among the low factors, chief amongst them the fixing saga on the flip of the millennium.

“It was a really complicated state,” stated Kaushik. “There have been rumours, a few of them about individuals who we knew personally. However the greatest fallout was that, it left no house for real cricketing errors. That was unfair on a complete era of cricketers.”

P. Madhavan, govt vice-chairman of TVS Tyres (sponsor of the occasion), additionally spoke. A minute’s silence was noticed to condole the demise of legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi.



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