1983 triumph changed course of Indian cricket: Tendulkar
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The epochal triumph of the Kapil Dev-led Indian team in the 1983 cricket World Cup changed the course of game in the country forever and is perhaps the greatest-ever feat in its history, says Sachin Tendulkar.
In his foreword to a book on the victorious squad by one of the 1983 team members' Balwinder Singh Sandhu, titled "The Devil's Pack", Tendulkar recalls the celebrations after that historic triumph in his neighbourhood when he was a 10-year-old boy.
"Winning the World Cup in 1983, against heavy odds, was a huge achievement; perhaps the greatest in the history of Indian cricket! The significance of that win is that it changed the course of Indian cricket forever," Tendulkar says in the book which was released here today by another member of that triumphant outfit - Dilip Vengsarkar.
"There were unbelievable scenes in my building and the neighbourhood on that historic night when India won the World Cup. People were dancing on the streets and bursting firecrackers everywhere.
"As a 10-year-old who knew very little about the game, I got immersed in the mood and enjoyed the victory with my friends till the early hours of the morning. Looking back, like me, I am sure there are millions of other Indians whose success stories have revolved round that one great performance," he admits candidly.
Vengsarkar, who was the chief guest at the book release function at the MIG Club in Bandra - one of Tendulkar's preferred practice spots - said Sandhu's contribution to the game has been very vast.
"Sandhu was extremely focused and gritty player. On the 1983 tour to the West Indies, which was his first, he was very popular with the crowd and was also close to (former West Indies captain) Viv Richards," said the former India captain and ex-chief selector.