Wednesday, April 18, 2007

1983 : World Champions or Fluke?

This has been the debate since India won the World Cup in 1983.

Everybody talks about our win in 1983 and the nostalgia (especially those who were a part of the team).

I think it is time to put my 2 cents on the topic here.

In my view, it was a one-off performance by a really average team - it can be called fluke as they were never able to repeat the same performance even once. World Champions are stuff that Australia are made up of, or what WI were, or what India was in hockey in those golden Dhyanchand days.

One unexpected World Cup Victory - a result of everything falling right - one peak performance by a bunch of talented and not so talented individuals - is what it was.

Yes, the team were (and are still) treated as heroes who brought unparallelled glory to Indian Cricket, and rightly so.

But India has never looked like World Champions simply because they have never been consistent in their game. Not even once. Not under any captain or coach.

1983 was a fluke because it could not be repeated, and the team(s) never even came close other than in 2003.

Sad, but true.


Cuckoo said...

How correct you are !! Very true. In spite of being average they performed that day like a team.. and they got their catch.

Yes, I do agree. It was a fluke in that sense.

Ranjeet said...

Am glad you agree! Actually they clicked as a team not in just that match, but all the key matches in the tournament - but that was it - never again!

Anand Sarolkar said...

I completely dissgree with you! It was not a fluke, the team then was made up of performers. Everybody contributed when it mattered and hence the team won. The same team also won the world series in australia in 85-86. It was a team where everyone knew what his role in the team was, and they stuck to it.

Ranjeet said...

Anand: My view is that world champions are made of consistent performances and not shock victories here and there. That's why I call it a fluke. Yes, I agree with you that everybody contributed when it mattered and that is why we treat them as heroes, but the fact is that at that tournament,everything fell exactly in its place. But never again. We lost miserably in the next world cup and other series we played overseas. But everyone is entitled to his / her own view and let us agree to disagree on this one. :-) Thanks for dropping by, Anand.