Delhi Police has struck a partnership with India‘s 1983 World Cup winning team members in the fight against coronavirus pandemic in the national capital. Also Read - 'No One Will Fight For Democracy in Future': Twitter Revolts as JNU Student Natasha Narwal Charged Under UAPA After Anti-CAA Protest
Several prominent members of that squad will be appealing people to follow the government guidelines with the same team work and discipline that helped India achieve what was regarded as an impossible dream to fulfil. Also Read - I Would Have Loved to Play Against Virat Kohli, Right Guy to Lead Indian Cricket Forward: Ian Botham
Defying odds, Kapil Dev-led India dethroned two-time defending champions West Indies in a low-scoring final at Lord’s to lift their maiden ODI World Cup trophy in 1983. Also Read - 'Will Emerge Stronger': Twitter Shows Solidarity With Arrest of Students Under Lockdown as Jamia Millia Islamia Turns 100, Trends #StandWithJamia
The cricketers will promote Delhi Police’s initiative on Twitter using the hashtag #1983 HeroesWithDelhiPolice.
“Nobody gave us a chance when we went to play our first match in 1983. But we made impossible possible,” Madan Lal, a prominent member of that tteam told PTI Bhasha. “This battle against Corona pandemic is big and we must show the same discipline and team work. Everyone should perform to let the team India win the battle,” he added.
Atul Kumar Thakur DCP (South Delhi) is the man behind the initiative and reckons that the 1983 world cup saw India overcoming all adversities to achieve success and it thus became an event that united the sporting scene in the entire country.
“1983 WC was an event when the team overcame all the adversities and it was the single sporting event that united the sporting scene of the whole country. People said that it was very difficult for India to win the cup but defying all odds every member of the team chipped in,” Thakur told PTI.
“Be it Kapil Dev’s famous knock against Zimbabwe or Mohinder Amarnath’s performance in final or the no 11 batsman Balwinder Sandhu’s 22 runs partnership with Syed Kirmani at the crucial juncture. It was complete team effort.
“In the fight against Corona also we need same kind of team work where everyone from medical workers, police, government, citizens have to perform. One weaker link could cause a defeat in this battle,” he added.
Several members of that winning squad have confirmed their participation.
“Little master Sunil Gavaskar is likely to support while Kapil paaji and Kris Shrikant have sent us the video,” Thakur said.
In his video message on Delhi Police’s Twitter handle, Dilip Vengsarkar urged everyone to draw lessons from how India came back to beat West Indies in the final despite being bowled out for a low score.
“As you all know that in 1983 WC final India was all out at 183 but the team fought hard and showed a lot of discipline and commitment. We won the trophy at the end. We are going through a bad time at present and we must show the same discipline,” Vengsarkar said.
Mohinder Amarnath, who was the man-of-the-match in the final for scoring 26 runs before taking three vital wickets, appealed to follow the guidelines for the sake of ‘our families and Delhi’s safety.’
“Delhi Police is working hard and staying away from their families to keep us safe. We should follow the guidelines for the sake of our, our families and Delhi’s safety. It is the need of the hour to get rid of this pandemic,” he said.
Thakur said they are trying to rope in the members of the 2011 ODI World Cup winning squad.