Indian Summer – The Story Of The 1983 World Cup


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To tie in with the IOC Cricket World Cup in February and March, G2 is releasing a landmark documentary recalling India’s sensational victory in the 1983 tournament. Indian Summer is a chronicle of no-hopers India causing the greatest upset in the annals of the World Cup when they beat the invincible West Indies in the final to lift the Prudential Cup after defeating England in the semi-final. It’s also a story of transformation from perennial one-day strugglers to world-beaters who eclipsed the West Indies and Australia in the preliminary stages and Zimbabwe twice – the second time by virtue of an unforgettable innings by captain Kapil Dev at Tunbridge Wells. The programme captures the places and personalities of the tournament and combines extensive archive footage with interviews from many of the star players including Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath, Roger Binny, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Madan Lal and Balwinder Sandhu from the winning side: Sir Vivian Richards and Michael Holding from the runners-up; David Gower of England; Dave Houghton of Zimbabwe; and one of the umpires from the final, Harold “Dickie” Bird. India’s victory led to an upsurge in interest in limited overs cricket in India and created a team of legends who are still revered to this day.


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