The amazing story of winning the 1983 World Cup, 2 tickets broke British pride

England reject NKP Salve 2 tickets for 1983 World Cup final (PC: ICC Twitter)

New Delhi.25 June 1983, a date no Indian can forget. In England, Team India did what the country never imagined. The whole world never thought that India could become world champions, but 25th June was the date when Team India created history. India won the World Cup under the leadership of Kapil Dev at the historic ground of Lord’s. The final may be over, but it was the start of cricket becoming the biggest force in the world. The final revolutionized Indian cricket.

Indian cricket changed completely after that. The players gained confidence that they too can beat West Indies, the most dangerous team of the time. After the final, the whole world accepted Team India’s iron, everyone knows it, but few people know what England did in the final, followed by BCCI president NKP Salve. The world is shocked. The big teams stopped taking India lightly because of what Salve did.

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Salve wanted 2 tickets from England

Salve was the BCCI president from 1982 to 1985. In 1983, when Team India reached the final of the World Cup, Salve asked the England Cricket Board for 2 tickets to watch the title match, but the England Board refused to give them despite having the tickets. India hoisted the tricolor at Lord’s, but Salve was not at all happy with the English board’s move. He was very upset and decided to break the pride of England.

World Cup outside England for the first time

To break England’s pride, he decided to host the World Cup outside England. Salve devoted his entire life to this and due to his efforts India hosted the 1987 World Cup with Pakistan. England shocked as the host of the World Cup was lost. The England board even said that Asian countries could not host such a big event.

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England started waving

This statement from the England board boosted Salve’s spirits and he held a meeting with the Pakistan board in Lahore to sort things out. The result of Salve’s efforts was that in 1987 the World Cup was played outside England for the first time and that too in a country whose president was denied a ticket by England. India successfully hosted the tournament with Pakistan. Then in 1999 the World Cup was played in England. At the same time, India has hosted it 3 times so far and will host it for the fourth time this year.


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