Game in India just "took off" after 1983 World Cup win - Sunil Gavaskar - Cricket World TV

Former Indian captain and opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar recalls how India's 1983 World Cup gave the game in his home country a huge boost.

Gavaskar was part of the side that produced a big upset to beat the reigning champions West Indies at Lord's.

Although he scored just two runs in the final, which India went on to win by 43 runs, he has no hesitation in picking it out as his career highlight.

"It has to be the 1983 World Cup win," he said.

"That is above everything else. It was such a boost in the arm for the Indian game and the game just took off from there."

On a memorable day for Indian cricket - and one that arguably went unmatched until MS Dhoni led the side to victory in 2011 (having also guided the team to the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007), India posted 183 runs batting first.

Then, they bowled out a West Indian line-up including Sir Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd for just 143 to pull off an unexpected victory.

Gavaskar, who scored 59 runs in the six games he played in the tournament, adds that India's win was perfectly timed for another reason.

"The game was very popular, but with colour television coming to India just about six to months earlier, for the Indian cricket-loving public to be able to see the win in colour, was a huge huge boost.

"The game has just taken off from there."

Gavaskar played 125 Tests and 103 One-Day Internationals for his country, scoring more Test centuries (34) than any other cricketer by the time he retired following India's exit from the 1987 World Cup and Test series against Australia and Pakistan.

He was also the first man to pass 10,000 Test runs and score 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year on four occasions.

And although his ODI record (3,092 runs, one century, average of 35.13) is so inferior to his Test stats (10,122 runs, 34 centuries, average of 51.12), it is still from one-day cricket that he chooses his most memorable moment.

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