Most of the fourteen players who were part of the glorious 1983 World Cup win went on to leave an indelible impression on the game. While some served, and continue to serve, as selectors, others have dabbled in a wide range of activities, from television commentary to even acting in feature films. Here’s a rundown on the career graph of the 14 players who were part of the 1983 squad.
1) Sunil Gavaskar
Widely considered to be one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time, Sunil Gavaskar was the first cricketer to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket. His 34 Test centuries were the most by any batsman till Sachin Tendulkar overtook him.
After retiring from international cricket in 1987, Gavaskar took on a number of roles in the cricketing world. He served as a match referee for one Test and five ODIs in 1994. Two years later, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was instituted in honour of him and Allan Border. He served as the chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee for eight years until 2008. In 2003, he also served as the chairman of the National Cricket Academy.
Gavaskar was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009 and was awarded the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2012.
He has penned four books on cricket – Idols, Runs n’ Ruins, One Day Wonders and Sunny Days, his autobiography.
He has also dabbled in movies, playing the lead role in Savli Premachi, a Marathi film, and a guest role in Maalamal, a Hindi feature film.
In 2004, he served as an advisor to the Indian national team during Australia’s tour of India. He was one of the 13 members of the Indian Premier League Governing Council until 2010, when the number of members was cut from 13 to eight.
He delivered the inaugural Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial Lecture earlier this year in February. He is currently contracted by the BCCI and is a regular television commentator, columnist and analyst.
2) Krishnamachari Srikkanth
Krishnamachari Srikkanth made his international debut at the age of 21 in 1981 as an opener alongside Gavaskar. In the 1983 World Cup final, he set up a crucial 57-run partnership with Mohinder Amarnath, the highest in the match. Two years later, he helped India win the World Championship of Cricket in Australia by scoring three half-centuries, including an unbeaten 93 against Australia.
After a brief stint as coach of the India ‘A’ team, Srikkanth joined the Indian Premier League team, Chennai Super Kings, as brand ambassador in 2008.
He was appointed chairman of the selection committee in 2008, becoming part of the first paid selection committee. He served for four years, a period marked by some of Indian cricket’s highest highs and severe lows – while India won the World Cup for the second time in 2011, it was also a period that saw the team getting whitewashed in England and Australia and the retirements of VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.
In 2013, Srikkanth became a mentor for the Sunrisers Hyderabad along with VVS Laxman.
3) Mohinder Amarnath
Mohinder Amarnath, fondly known as Jimmy, was one of the pillars of the 1983 World Cup success. He picked up three wickets in the final after scoring 26 with the bat, winning the Man of the Match award. He was also adjudged Man of the Series for his 237 runs and eight wickets in eight matches. The next year, he was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year.
After retiring in 1990, Amarnath presented a popular weekly cricket coaching television programme called ‘Cricket with Mohinder Amarnath’. He went on to coach Bangladesh in the mid-1990s, but after they failed to qualify for the 1996 World Cup, Amarnath was replaced. He then coached the Rajasthan Ranji Trophy team and also had a short stint as coach of Morocco. He made a return to coaching in India, when he was appointed as consultant of the Bengal team, in August 2008.
He received the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2009.
Amarnath was one of the selection committee members from 2010 till 2012 and was widely predicted to take over as chairman in 2012. Instead, he was dropped from the committee altogether and Sandeep Patil was named chairman instead.
Amarnath continues to be involved in cricket as a commentator and analyst.
4) Yashpal Sharma
Yashpal Sharma’s consistent form in the early 1980s earned him a place in the 1983 World Cup squad. He was the second highest scorer for India in the tournament with 240 runs, second only to Kapil Dev. He scored 89 against West Indies in the group stages, his highest in One-Day Internationals. However, his form dipped after that and he played his last Test against West Indies in 1983 and his last ODI in 1985. He retired from all forms of competitive cricket in 1993.
In April 2000, he held a benefit match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, which was supported by Kapil Dev, his former teammate, and other players of the Indian team such as Javagal Srinath and Sachin Tendulkar.
He went on to serve as a national selector for a couple years until December 2005 and was reappointed to the panel in 2008.
5) Sandeep Patil
Sandeep Patil was yet another key player for India in the 1983 World Cup. He was the team’s fourth highest run scorer with 216 runs, including two half-centuries. His strike rate of 90.0 was second only to Kapil Dev’s 108.99.
After a short international career of six years, Patil went on to play first-class cricket till 1993. After retiring, he took up coaching and was instrumental in Kenya’s famous run in 2003 that saw them reach a World Cup semifinal. He also coached the India team in the late 1990s and the India A side for a number of months. He was associated with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) for a year as coach of the Mumbai Champs in 2008.
Following his withdrawal from ICL in 2009, he replaced Dav Whatmore as the Director of Cricket Operations at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
He currently heads the selection committee after being named its chairman in 2012.
6) Kapil Dev
Regarded as India’s greatest pace bowler, Kapil Dev led India to victory in the 1983 World Cup. His 175 not out against Zimbabwe in the group stages was the first ODI century by an Indian.
Consequently, he was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 1983 and named the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002.
After his retirement, Kapil Dev has maintained close ties with cricket. He was India’s national cricket coach between October 1999 and August 2000. However, at the height of the match fixing allegation, Kapil Dev resigned from his position as national coach. He made a return to cricket as a bowling consultant in 2003 and was the bowling coach prior to India’s tour of Pakistan in March 2004. In October 2006, Kapil Dev was appointed chairman of the National Cricket Academy for a two-year period.
In 2005, he played himself in the Hindi movie Iqbal. In the same year, he became one of the founding members of an NGO named Khushii (Kinship for Humanitarian Social and Holistic Intervention) and currently serves as its chairman. He is also the only Asian founding member of Laureus Foundation.
In May 2007, he joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL) as the chairman of the executive board. This move resulted in a backlash from the BCCI. In the following months, his pension, along with the pension of other players involved with ICL, was revoked and he was removed as chairman of the National Cricket Academy. Only once he formally snapped all ties from the ICL in July 2012 and sought amnesty did the BCCI welcome him back into its fold.
In September 2008, Kapil Dev was commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel and joined the Indian Army as an honorary officer. Two years later, he was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Cricket Hall of Fame.
He has written three autobiographical works. By God’s Decree (1985), Cricket, My Style (1987) and Straight from the Heart (2004).
Kapil Dev is currently one of the Hindi commentators and analysts with Star Sports. He also featured as a studio analyst for SET Max during the Indian Premier League 2013.
7) Kirti Azad
Even though Kirti Azad played only the last three matches in the World Cup, he made his mark in the semifinal against England when he bowled Ian Botham for a mere six runs. Although he didn’t have a long international career after that – playing only seven Tests and 25 ODIs; he played first-class cricket for Delhi until 1993.
A politician’s son, Kirti Azad entered politics after retirement. He was a member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly from 1993 to 1998 and was elected to Lok Sabha in 1999 as a BJP candidate from Darbhanga in Bihar. He was appointed member of the selection committee in 2002 and 2003.
He was re-elected to Parliament in 2009 and is currently serving his second term.
8) Roger Binny
Roger Binny’s international career spanned eight years in which he made a name for himself as a versatile allrounder. At the 1983 World Cup, he took a total of 18 wickets, which was then the highest number of wickets taken in a World Cup.
His best bowling performance in Tests came years later, against Pakistan, in June 1987 when he took 6 for 56 in Kolkata.
After retiring, he made a mark as a coach and led the India Under-19 team to victory in the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in January 2000. He also coached Bengal in 2007.
He also worked as a studio analyst for a short while during the 2011 World Cup for the 24-hour news channel, NewsX.
He is currently one of the five members of the senior national selection committee, before which he was a vice-president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.
9) Madan Lal
An allrounder, Madan Lal was another top performer in the 1983 World Cup final, picking up three wickets in a spell to reduce West Indies to 66 for 4. He was the second highest wicket-taker for India with 17 wickets. He was a regular member of the squad till 1985 and retired from international cricket in 1987.
After retiring from first-class cricket in 1991, Madan Lal took up coaching and famously took the UAE team to their first appearance at the World Cup in 1996. He then returned to India and coached the national side till September 1997. The next year, he set up the Madan Lal Cricket Academy in Delhi.
For four years from 1998, he was one of the members of the selection committee. Soon after, he became a bowling consultant for the National Cricket Academy, along with former teammate Kapil Dev.
When the ICL was started in 2007, Madan Lal joined as the coach of Delhi Giants (known as Delhi Jets in the first season). However, he cut ties with ICL in 2009, along with Sandeep Patil, and was granted amnesty by the BCCI.
He then turned his focus to politics by representing Congress in the Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency elections in Himachal Pradesh in 2009.
Currently, Madan Lal is one of the cricket commentators and analysts for Star Sports alongside Kapil Dev.
10) Syed Kirmani
Syed Kirmani has been hailed as one of the greatest wicketkeepers India has produced. He played a crucial role in the World Cup contributing with the bat and being sharp behind the wicket. With a total of 14 dismissals, he was second only to Jeff Dujon (16), the West Indies wicketkeeper.
In the same year, he partnered Gavaskar in an unbeaten 143-run stand against West Indies in Bangalore, the second highest Indian ninth-wicket partnership in Tests.
After retiring, he took on the role of a wicket-keeping consultant for various camps organised by the BCCI.
Like Kapil Dev, Kirmani also appeared in a movie, Kabhi Ajnabhi The, which also featured Sandeep Patil.
In 2003, he was made the chairman of the selection committee for one year.
Currently, he is the director of the Karnataka State Cricket Academy.
11) Balwinder Sandhu
Balwinder Sandhu had a very short international career – he made his international debut in January 1983 and played his last international in November 1984. He played eight Tests and 22 ODIs. He continued to play first-class cricket until 1987. He played club cricket in Kenya in the 1990s and also went on to become their coach. He served as a coach for Mumbai from 1996 to 1999 and worked with the National Cricket Academy as well. Sandhu coached Baroda in the Ranji Trophy and West Zone in the Duleep Trophy until 2005 after which he was appointed coach of Madhya Pradesh for a year.
Like some of his former teammates, Sandhu was also associated with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) when it began, as their Director of Academies. After withdrawing from the ICL, Sandhu also received amnesty and became a member of the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC). In October 2013, Sandhu resigned from his post because he believed the purpose of the CIC was not being served.
12) Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar played only three matches in the 1983 World Cup, after failing to recover from an injury he sustained in a match against West Indies in the group stages. However, he flourished as a batsman in the post-1983 years.
He took over captaincy from Kapil Dev after the 1987 World Cup. He began with two centuries in his first series as captain, but the rest of his captaincy period wasn’t smooth, and a disappointing tour of West Indies in 1989 cost him his leadership position.
He retired in 1992 with a Test batting average of 42.13 and an ODI average of 34.73 with a strike rate of 67.73. He was awarded with Padma Shri in 1987 and was also named one of Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1987.
After retiring, he started the DB Vengsarkar Cricket Academy in 1994. He was then made the Chairman of the Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) in 2002 to develop cricket talent within the country.
He has been closely associated with the Mumbai Cricket Association for a number of years; first as their vice-president in 2003 and then as the chairman of the selection panel in 2007.
In September 2006, he was also named the chairman of the selection committee. His two years as chairman weren’t smooth. He came close to resigning from his post in December 2007 due to a rift with the BCCI (when he was barred from writing columns in the media). However, BCCI announced a hike in selectors’ allowances and Vengsarkar remained chairman until September 2008. Consequently, he resigned as the Chairman of MCA’s selection panel as well. He continues to run the DB Vengsarkar Academy Mumbai.
13) Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri made his debut in international cricket in 1981. He played five of the eight matches in the tournament and took a total of four wickets, three of which came in India’s win over West Indies in their tournament opener.
Shastri’s career spanned over a decade and he was part of the squad for two more World Cups. He famously won the Man of the Series award in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia in 1985 and was named the Champion of Champions.
Though Shastri began as a specialist bowler, he proved himself as a formidable batsman and went on to open the innings. In the 80 Test matches that he played, Ravi Shastri scored 3830 runs, including 11 centuries and one double century, and took 151 wickets. His best bowling figures of 5 for 15 against Australia in 1986 was then the best ODI bowling figures by any Indian. A knee injury cut his career short and he played his last Test match at the age of 30.
Before his retirement, Shastri had expressed interest in being part of the media. So it was no surprise when he made his debut as a television commentator in March 1995.
He has served in the International Cricket Council and the Board of Control for Cricket in India in temporary official capacities and has also been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He was the Indian team manager early in 2007 but chose not to renew his contract due to prior commentary commitments with ESPN-Star Sports. He was then appointed as the National Cricket Academy (NCA) chairman in the same year. In 2008, he ended his contract with ESPN-Star Sports, along with Sunil Gavaskar.
In 2008, he was named the Celebrity Torchbearer at the Summer Olympics torch relay for the Oman leg.
Shastri is currently one of the media representatives in the ICC Cricket Committee and is contracted by the BCCI. He is also one of the seven members of the IPL Governing Council. He continues to be a regular commentator, analyst and columnist.
14) Sunil Valson
Sunil Valson was the only member of the 1983 squad who did not play a single match. He never ended up playing an international match. His played first-class cricket from 1977 to 1988 (75 matches, 64 innings with a bowling average of 25.35 and an economy of 3.25).