It was an afternoon filled with numerous stories from players of India’s 1983 World Cup winning team during the launch event of movie ’83’. True, that the movie is based on India’s heroic in 1983 World Cup with Kapil Dev’s part being the centre of the story.
A total of 11 former Indian cricketers were present at the event, who were the part of India’s winning side along with the then team manager PR Man Singh. Only Sunil Gavaskar, Syed Kirmani and Ravi Shastri were not present at the event.
Almost every cricketer shared their side of stories and incident happened during their journey of lifting World Cup Trophy. However, one of the most interesting stories was shared by Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia. It started with Yashpal Sharma’s version, when he revealed that apart from Gavaskar and Krishnamachari Srikkanth’s wife, rest of them had left the field during the final as it seemed a cakewalk for West Indies.
Further, Kapil’s wife came up with her side of the story and explained what made her gave away the passes to others. “I was in the stands and every time a four was hit by West Indies, their fans who were sitting behind would start celebrating. At one stage, I was very upset and left the stands, giving away the passes to others,” said Romi.
Not only she gave away her pass but also Romi felt like crying. “I thought I better go to my room and cry,” expressed Romi.
However, things turned upside down after she left the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground as India began taking wickets. The moment she got to know about India’s comeback in the match, Romi even tried to re-enter the ground but was not allowed because of not having the pass.
“After coming out of the stadium, I heard India had started picking wickets. I went back but they did not allow as I did not have the pass,” Romi quipped.
Adding a little more spice to the story, post-victory, Kapil said that he discussed plenty of moments regarding the match with his wife and every time Romi used to say a false yes like she had actually watched the entire match. However, Kapil got to know the real story a year later.
The 1983 World Cup was the first time Indian team ever won a major tournament, which later led to a huge change in the cricketing history of the nation. The movie is planned to go on the floor next year but before that, makers planned a special event in order to honour the cricketers who were part of the team in bringing the World Cup trophy home.