India head coach Ravi Shastri believes the Indian team that won the 1985 World Championship of Cricket can give the current team a run for their money. The former India allrounder recently opened up on that historic triumph and said that India played some of their best white-ball cricket between 1983 and 1985.
In 1983, India defied all the odds and won their first-ever World Cup by beating the mighty West Indies at the iconic Lord’s. Two years later, India lived up to their favourites tag by winning the World Championship of Cricket, beating Pakistan in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.
The Sunil Gavaskar-led side had a stunning run at the tournament as it blew away any team that came in its way. Notably, Ravi Shastri emerged as the best performer of the tournament and was named the Man of the Series. The legendary allrounder had walked away with an Audi car for his performance.
Recalling that famous win, Ravi Shastri insisted that the team in 1985 was stronger that the one that won the 1983 World Cup. He mentioned the name of a couple of youngsters who made the team the stronger.
“You won every damn thing, on the world stage and on the Indian stage. It’s a period you won’t get too often… 3-4 years you beat every team in the world. You have got a unit that can play in all conditions, I go one step ahead. The team of 85 was a stronger team than 1983. I was part of both teams. When you look man-to-man, 80 percent of the 83 team was still there. But some of the youngsters we had… (Laxman) Sivaramakrishnan, (Mohammad) Azharuddin… those kinds of guys came in to add to the experience we had,” Ravi Shastri told India Today.
“No question, no question about that. (1985 team will give Virat’s team a run for their money). They will give any team that India puts up in white-ball cricket, the best that India has to put out… that team of 85 will give this team a run for their money,” he added.