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My ball...Kapil’s catch

From the time we beat the mighty West Indies at Berbice in the tour before the World Cup, there was a self-belief that grew with every match, writes Madan Lal.

cricket Updated: Jun 25, 2008 00:15 IST
Madan Lal

From the time we beat the mighty West Indies at Berbice in the tour before the World Cup, there was a self-belief that grew with every match. No one gave us a chance until we achieved the impossible on June 25. Clive Lloyd and his team stood dazed as Kapil lifted the trophy on the balcony of Lord's. I have relived those moments countless times and take immense pride in them.

From the first match when we beat the West Indies to the climax, it was an unforgettable experience.

The match against Zimbabwe was special. We beat them and I picked up three wickets and the man-of-the-match award. But the next match brought us down to the earth when Australia smashed us by 162 runs despite Kapil's five wickets.

The defeat taught us a few lessons but we slumped to another loss at The Oval when the West Indies played outstanding cricket. Mohinder Amarnath came up with a gritty 80 but it was not enough to stop a determined opposition. Our spirit though remained unaffected. The picturesque Neville ground at Tunbridge Wells was the venue for our match against Zimbabwe and what we saw was incredible stuff from a man who changed the face of Indian cricket. From 17 for five, Kapil hauled us to 266 with an unbeaten innings of 175. I took three wickets, a small contribution in a huge triumph. We had to beat Australia and we won by 118 runs. Roger and I took four wickets each and we were ready to take on England in the semis. We then bearded the lion in its den with a blazing win.

The final was unforgettable. The over-confident West Indians paid dearly. The turning point was Viv’s dismissal and I am proud to have snared him but what a catch Kapil took at mid-wicket.