Former Indian cricketer Madan Lal was part of India’s historic 1983 World Cup win when they overcame all the odds to reach the summit. India beat the mighty West Indies at the Lord’s as Kapil Dev became the first Indian captain to lift an ODI World Cup. As the nation celebrated the 38th anniversary of that unforgettable victory, Madan Lal opined on who would win between the 1983 and the 2011 World Cup line-up.
Under MS Dhoni, the men in blue replicated the success in 2011 when India beat Sri Lanka in Mumbai to lift their second World Cup. The keeper-batsman played a captain’s knock in the final, finishing with an unbeaten 91 to lead the nation to glory. Yuvraj Singh earned the man of the tournament for his heroics with both bat and ball, while the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, and Zaheer Khan also played integral roles in the campaign.
When asked Madan Lal who would’ve won between the class of 1983 and 2011, he opined that the team he played in would have won as they had all the fighters. The 70-year old feels that if Lord’s staged that fantasy game, the 1983 World Cup-winning team would have emerged victorious.
“We would have won definitely. We had all the fighters in our team, they wouldn’t have let the World Cup go. Everybody will get a chance to do well, they would have definitely won the game. If we were playing at Lord’s we would have definitely won,” Lal said as quoted by Times Now.
Madan Lal picked three wickets in the 1983 World Cup final:
Meanwhile, Madan Lal was one of the top performers in the World Cup final as he took three wickets. The former right-arm medium bowler dismissed three big fishes in Desmond Haynes, Viv Richards, and Larry Gomes to finish with figures of 12-2-31-3. Lal and Mohinder Amarnath snared three scalps each as India defended a paltry 183 to win by 40 runs.