- Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia and Madan Lal’s wife Anu were cheering the team from the stadium
- Seeing his poor form, Romi Bhatia left the stadium and reached the hotel
- Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia had also given up hope
The third season of the World Cup was played in England between 9 and 25 December. The two-time champion West Indies cricket team reached the World Cup final for the third time in a row. From the very beginning of the 1983 Cricket World Cup, the Indian cricket team was considered by all teams and spectators to be very weak. However, when the team reached the final under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, cricket fans were of the opinion that the team was not fit to reach here. Romi, the wife of skipper Kapil Dev, also gave up hope of winning the final.
His family was also touring with Indian players during the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia and Madanlal’s wife Anu were cheering the team from the stadium. Seeing the Indian team losing, both of them got angry and rushed to their hotel. But when a noise was heard from the stadium, he turned on the TV and ran back and caught Kapil Dev catching Richards. Seeing this, he was so happy that the hotel staff rushed to his room.
Kapil Dev has shared this case many times. “After winning the final, the champagne bounced back to where they were sitting, but I didn’t know they were leaving the stadium and going to the hotel,” he said. Then when we met, Romi could not muster the courage to say that they were not at Lord’s ground during our victory. They could not enter the stadium due to the later uncontrollable crowd.
In this historic cricket match of India’s victory, West Indies decided to bowl first after winning the toss. The Indian team’s innings got off to a bad start. Sunil Gavaskar was soon out. Srikkanth and Mohinder Amarnath then put on 57 for the second wicket partnership. After which the entire team got out cheaply and set a target of 183 runs against the West Indies. West Indies got off to a good start in the second innings, losing 1 wicket for 50, Vivian Richards was batting aggressively, but the whole match was changed in Madanlal’s over.