If there was a telephone in someone’s house, then he was considered a big man, waiting for landline phone was very long.
At that time there were more radios in the country and fewer TVs – that too in selected cities. commentary was heard on the radio
In the same era, a novel by Gulshan Nanda had broken all sales records.
Although 40 years have passed since that year, but its freshness and attractiveness is still the same in the corridor of memories. I was a teenager. Don’t know how he had reached Delhi during the holidays. No one had any idea that Kapil Dev’s team would reach the finals. Every match was memorable. Every player was the hero of victory in some or the other match. Yes, every player of that team was a hero.
On the evening of June 25, 1983, in the evening of Shakarpur area, those selected houses, which had TV in their homes, started getting populated. Then black and white TVs with panels were more in the houses. Neighbors – They themselves made arrangements for the neighbors to watch the final match. Chairs or sacks were spread in the rooms or the TV was taken out, so that as many people as possible could enjoy the final match.
Every ball, every wicket and every shot used to generate enthusiasm, frustration, energy, passion with fixed eyes on the TV screen. On some ball, complete silence was shattered and on some everyone started dancing and making noise. It was a Delhi evening full of humidity and heat. Before talking about that match, let us also remember that year and that era.
As soon as the Indian team won the final match. A crowd of Indian spectators entered the Lord’s ground. In the photo, Yashpal Sharma and Kapil Dev are seen running towards the pavilion to avoid the spectators. (file photo)
Mobiles were not there then, landlines were also a big deal.
In those days there were more two wheelers on the roads. Cars less. There used to be a long waiting period for Bajaj scooters. Mobiles were not there in those days and no one even knew that such a thing would come in every hand. In its place there were landline telephones, which were very few but there were only complaints from the telephone department. If there was a telephone in someone’s house, he was considered a big man, his waiting was even longer. If you get it even after years, then you will be lucky.
“Two Minute Maggi” launched and created a stir in the consumer market
“Two-Minute Maggi” hit the Indian market in the same year. In this country of slow cooking, Maggi was like a relief for women. Liberalizing them a bit. Yes, it can be said that only then some movement started in the sleeping and sleepy consumer market of India.
When the wickets of the West Indies team started falling in the final match, the gesture and confidence of the Indian team changed. Indian team celebrating after the fall of a wicket. (courtesy ICC)
There were no private channels and the news channel was only Doordarshan
Then there were no private channels..no news channel..no entertainment channel and no sports channel..there was only one Doordarshan-there was entertainment on it, news and sports also-it was called Buddhu Baksa. At that time there were more radios in the country and fewer TVs – that too in selected cities. Commentary was heard on the radio. However, in the name of Sushil Doshi and expert, I remember only the names of Lala Amarnath. However, the 1982 Asiad changed the face of Delhi somewhat.
Tiger Shroff’s father was overwhelmed by the hero when “Coolie” hit the theaters
This was also the year when the superhit film ‘Coolie’ hit the screens, Sara Khan’s mother Amrita Singh’s ‘Betaab’ set the hearts of the youth desperate, Tiger Shroff’s father Jackie ‘Hero’ rocked the hearts of the youth. On the other hand, parallel cinema was making a strong debut with films like “Ardhasatya”, “Masoom”, “Mandi”. By the way, the theaters in which these films were buzzing and their tickets were sold in black at that time, have now turned into sad buildings or ruins. Somewhere marketing complexes or new malls have come up on them. Who would say that then the tickets were black in cinema halls.
steam engines were more then
Then there were less diesel engines and more steam engines. Chuk-Chuk-running steam engines used to blow coal far away. The MLAs used to travel on cycles or scooters. Coal or wood sawdust used to burn. There were also kerosene oil stoves.
Indian team captain Kapil Dev receiving the historic World Cup trophy at Lord’s ground after becoming the winner (file photo)
Gulshan Nanda’s novel broke all sales records
There were definitely libraries in small villages, towns and cities, which used to buzz in the evening. Newspapers were few but magazines were popular. In the same era, a novel by Gulshan Nanda had broken all sales records. Bells used to ring in the temples. There was also the sound of Azaan in the morning and evening.
Phoolan surrendered in the same year
In the same year Phoolan Devi surrendered in Gwalior. This was big news in those days. Then in Madhya Pradesh, whichever mouth you listen to, he had stories of Phoolan. Bhindranwala and terrorism were emerging as challenges in Punjab. One day a shocking and frightening news came that many people have been killed in Nellie, Assam. The dead were Bangladeshi refugees. Later it came to know from the newspapers that the number of dead is above one and a half thousand. This was shocking news for those days.
Mary Kom was born in a hut in Manipur
In the same year, Mary Kom was born in a modest hut in faraway Manipur. Sreesanth was also born, who was part of the Indian cricket team that won the World Cup after 28 years.
Politicians didn’t have much security back then
At the same time, the news appeared that the finger of former External Affairs Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was bitten by the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s dog Lallu (maybe Lalu too) while taking a morning walk at Delhi’s Jatan Mantar. Then the leaders did not have much security.
Swaraj Pal’s name became famous
One day Swaraj Pal’s name came in front of the country like a big trouble. He had become a wonder in the business world of the country. Swaraj Pal, a non-resident Indian living in London, bought such a large number of shares of two big companies “Escorts” and “DCM” through the Delhi Stock Exchange that he was in a position to control them. The hands and feet of these companies swelled. Appealed to the government. The Reserve Bank swung into action. Immediately this transaction was banned. The purpose of telling is that how those days used to be.
Then the area across the Yamuna of Delhi was considered neglected.
Now let’s return to that World Cup match on 25 June 1983. Hot, restless and scorching afternoon. The Shakarpur area of Delhi was more of a locality then. Then the Laxminagar market adjacent to this area was considered neglected across the Yamuna. There were not many TVs in Shakarpur in those days. Those who had black and white TVs, their status was also special. Hardly one in 50-100 houses had a TV set.
India was quoted at 50-1 in the speculative market
Don’t know how I had come to Delhi in those days. It was good On this pretext, I got a chance to watch the final of the World Cup between India and West Indies on TV. The house opposite had a black and white TV. The whole locality was packed in his room. People were standing outside the room or sitting on chairs. There was a lot of hue and cry on every shot, silence prevailed on every out. In England’s betting market, India was quoted at 50-1, which means almost impossible in the eyes of speculators.
Srikkanth hits hard
What mattered in the match was the batting of Krishnamachari Srikkanth. ..Srikanth has his own batting style. As long as he used to stay on the wicket, that was enough. His bat started moving as soon as he came. On the other hand, Malcolm Marshall was accompanied by three giant Caribbean bowlers – Joel Garner, long-armed Andy Roberts and Michael Holding wreaking havoc. And the Indian batsmen were getting uprooted. Apart from Srikkanth, no other batsman did much. When the Indian team got limited by scoring 183 runs, the people were shocked. People were disappointed. They were saying that now what is the use of watching the next match – India has to win.
In fact, that ball of Sandhu changed the match more.
I still remember the ball that Balwinder Singh Sandhu bowled in the fourth over. This low ball entered the wickets of opener Greenidge and then the situation changed. The impossible catch that Kapildev took of Vivian Richards that day was even more amazing. Caribbean collapsed for 140 runs.
Then there was happiness in the field and in the country.
Then the happy Indian spectators were running everywhere in the ground. Then not only that picture of Kapil Dev standing on the Lord’s balcony and holding the World Cup became unforgettable, but the fate of Indian cricket also changed on the same day. People were trembling in front of the TV. were hugging. were crying Couldn’t think of how to express my happiness. It was really a special day.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 25, 2023