World Cup Countdown: 1983- Indira Gandhi declares public holiday after India create history

first_img Ajay Tiwari New DelhiMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 17:09 IST Spectators run onto the field after the fall of the final West Indies’ wicket (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSIndia won their maiden World Cup in 1983Kapil Dev, the skipper, starred with both bat and ballThen Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a public holiday following India’s victory25th June 1983 is a date firmly etched in the minds of Indian cricket fans. It was the day India lifted their first-ever World Cup after beating the mighty West Indies in the final. It was truly a historic day for Indian cricket as future generations of the nation’s cricketers continue to take inspiration from India’s coming-of-age moment.After winning the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979, West Indies arrived in England eyeing a hat-trick of titles. The tournament continued to have 8 teams, including recently appointed full member Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe who qualified by winning the 1982 ICC Trophy.The format of the 1983 World Cup involved dividing teams into 2 groups of 4 each with every team playing each other from their group twice. The top 2 sides from each group qualified for the semi-finals. Apart from the finalists, hosts England and India’s neighbours Pakistan reached the semis.36 years later, Kapil Dev’s maiden World Cup win remains the only time when India lifted the coveted trophy away from home. Since the upcoming World Cup is also due to be held on English soil, it wouldn’t do Virat Kohli and Co. any harm in taking cues out of Kapil’s book. As India get ready to repeat the feat we take a look at some of the highlights from the 1983 World Cup:Ominous SignsIndia showed that they weren’t comfortable with the ‘underdogs’ tag when they beat tournament favourites West Indies by 34 runs in their very 1st match in Manchester. Yashpal Sharma hit 89 while Roger Binny and Ravi Shastri picked up 3 wickets apiece to plot West Indies’ downfall but the players knew that they had to come up with more such performances in order to win the tournament.advertisementKapil the DevilIndia’s worst fears came to life when they faced minnows Zimbabwe for the 2nd time, having beaten them comfortably in the earlier encounter. At 17/5 and then 78/7, India were staring at an embarrassing loss but their skipper had other ideas. Playing arguably the best counter-attacking ODI innings ever, Kapil Dev hit 6 sixes and 16 fours on his way to 175* as he launched the opposition bowlers out of the park. India’s final score was 266 which proved more than enough for their bowlers to dismiss Zimbabwe for 235.Unluckily for Indian fans, the match wasn’t televised, leaving no chance for them to relive one of the greatest one-day innings. Indian players enjoy themselves on the field (Getty Images)Give me the ballWhen India met West Indies for the final at Lord’s, Clive Lloyd won the toss and invited Kapil Dev to bat first. But after India were bundled out for a mere 183 runs, the team was bound to be disappointed. In reply, West Indian great Vivian Richards was flaying the Indian bowlers and it seemed like his side would canter to a victory. Then Madan Lal approached Kapil.’You give me the ball. I have earlier dismissed Richards, I can do it once more,’ argued Madan Lal. Seeing that the other bowlers were going for runs, Kapil had no choice but to accept the request. The rest, as they say, is history. Madan Lal duly picked up the wicket of Viv to all but seal West Indies’ hopes as India celebrated a stupendous victory.Lata comes to the rescueAfter the victorious Indian team arrived home, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) felt the need to reward the players. The problem was that, unlike now, in 1983 the BCCI was heavily cash-strapped and found itself unable to gather funds to do so. The then BCCI president NKP Salve approached popular singer Lata Mangeshkar for help.A concert in Delhi was organised and given Lata’s huge popularity, a sum of INR 20,00,000 was raised in no time making the epic World Cup win taste even sweeter for Kapil Dev and Co.All work and no playMost Indian cricketers arrived in England thinking of the World Cup as a mere stopover as they had not imagined progressing beyond the league stage. Anticipating an early exit, they had planned a vacation to the US where they would play a bunch of friendly matches. Recently married opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth had even planned his honeymoon!All the plans had to be cancelled in the wake of the results the players came up with on the field. Srikkanth had to cancel his tickets too and later joked that Kapil owed him money for the cancellation.What do your own words taste like?Before the 1983 World Cup started, Wisden Cricket Monthly editor David Frith had written an article predicting an early exit for India, adding that he will ‘eat his words’ otherwise. After India won, a reader pointed it out to Frith prompting the writer to literally chew his earlier article and published the image in the magazine.advertisement Scenes at Lord’s after India’s win in the final (Getty Images)Indira Gandhi – the cricket fanaticFormer India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer was involved in an interesting episode from the closing moments of the World Cup final, while he was commentating on the match for BBC Radio. When he told his fellow commentator Brian Johnston that the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi was certainly following the action, he was asked whether she would declare a public holiday following India’s victory. Farokh said that he had ‘no doubt that she would’.”And within five minutes we got a phone call at our BBC headquarters (in London) from the (Indian) Central Cabinet and the phone call was relayed on to the commentators’ box at Lord’s cricket ground that Mrs Gandhi has in fact heard your comments and declared a public holiday. It was frightening to sort of hear that, but it was a great occasion, a momentous occasion for Indian cricket,” Engineer recounted.And just like that, in a series of firsts, the PM declared a public holiday following India’s triumph.Key stats from 1983 World Cup:Team records -Highest Team Total: Pakistan 338/5 vs Sri LankaLowest Team Total: Australia 151 all-out vs West IndiesHighest successful chase: West Indies 276/3 vs Australia 273/6Individual Records -Most Runs: 384 – David Gower (England)Highest Score: 175* – Kapil Dev (India)Most Wickets: 18 – Roger Binny (India)Best Bowling figures: 7/51 – Winston Davis (West Indies)Also Read | World Cup Countdown: 1979 – Viv’s miracle shot and Canada’s debutAlso Read | World Cup Countdown: 1975 – Slow Sunny, a broken foot and 4000 pounds within 5 daysFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow 1983 World CupFollow 2019 World CupFollow Kapil Dev World Cup Countdown: 1983 – Indira Gandhi declares public holiday after India create historyIn the 3rd chapter of our 2019 World Cup countdown, we look at the 1983 World Cup which incidentally was the first-ever title win by India. As Virat Kohli and Co. set sail for English shores, they can look up to what Kapil Dev and his men did there, 36 years agoadvertisementlast_img read more

Closing Bell TSX rises amid negative Chinese economic data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday amid weak Chinese data and dealmaking in the Canadian financial sector.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,382.67 +9.37 0.08%S&P 500 — 1,642.81 -0.57 -0.03%Dow — 15,238.59 -9.53 -0.06%Nasdaq — 3,473.77 +4.55 0.13%The S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.37 points to 12,382.67 following six losing sessions with pressure coming in particular from base metals stocks.The tepid performance followed a slide of more than 2% last week, leaving the TSX in negative territory for the year.“I don’t think there is going to be anything too much to keep it in positive territory”, said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc.“You have too much of a resource focus, a market that’s really twinned between two dominant sectors, financials being one and materials/energy being two.”Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) (Nasdaq:LULU) was also in focus and its shares fell almost 9% in aftermarket trading in New York after CEO Christine Day said she is stepping down. Day will remain in the job until a successor is named. The yoga wear retailer also handed in earnings of 32 cents a share, which met expectations and announced plans to delist from the TSX.The Canadian dollar advanced, up 0.08 of a cent to 98.14 cents US amid a solid report on the housing sector.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Monday that housing starts were trending at 182,756 units in May compared with 182,971 in April. The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts.But the seasonally adjusted stand-alone annual rate was 200,178 units in May, an increase from 175,922 in April.U.S. indexes were generally listless after registering sharp gains at the end of last week because of a strong jobs report.The Dow Jones industrials was down 9.53 points to 15,238.59, the Nasdaq added 4.55 points to 3,473.77 and the S&P 500 index slipped 0.57 of a point to 1,642.81.Traders also took in an upgrade on the U.S. credit rating from Standard & Poor’s. S&P revised its long-term outlook to stable from negative, citing economic strength and the dollar’s status as a reserve currency. The agency had downgraded the U.S. sovereign rating to AA-plus from its top rating of AAA in 2011.Prices for oil and copper declined as data released on the weekend showed China’s trade, retail sales and other activity in May were weaker than expected, fuelling concerns about the country’s shaky economic recovery.China’s trade surplus rose to $20.4 billion in May from $18.2 billion the prior month. However, export growth slowed dramatically to just one% from a year ago, which was the slowest increase since July 2012. Imports slipped 0.3% from year-earlier levels.“Of those three figures, I’d say that the weak import result is the most worrying as it suggests domestic demand has weakened considerably,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Jennifer Lee.Meanwhile in Japan, the first-quarter growth rate was revised up from an annualized rate of 3.5% to 4.1%.Elsewhere on the TSX, shares of E-L Financial Corp. (TSX:ELF) jumped after it announced the pending $1.125-billion sale of Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co. to Travelers Companies Inc. (NYSE:TRV), a major U.S. insurance company. E-L Financial gained $56 or 9.46% to $648 on a thin volume of 3,135 shares.Consumer staples stocks led advances with Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) ahead 38 cents to $45.75.The gold sector was also supportive, up about 0.35% with August bullion up $3 to US$1,386 an ounce. Barrick gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) climbed 21 cents to C$20.81.The energy sector climbed 0.2% even as July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed 26 cents to US$95.77 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) improved by 14 cents to C$31.80.The base metals sector was the biggest TSX drag, down 0.85% as July copper fell three cents to US$3.24 a pound on top a 10-cent slide over the previous two sessions. Copper is widely viewed as an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications. Sector heavyweight Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lost 61 cents to C$25.04.Railway stocks fell alongside miners as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) declined $2.30 to $126.86.The tepid performance on the TSX continued the generally negative showing on the TSX, which gained momentum after Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said May 22 that the U.S. central bank might pull back on its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program if economic data, especially hiring, improved significantly. Other Fed officials have spoken about a winding down of bond purchases sooner.The quantitative easing program has kept interest rates low and also helped fuel a strong rally on U.S. stock markets.The TSX has been dragged lower by mining stocks in particular, a reflection of a slow global recovery.But speculation about cutting back on the QE program has had the effect of pushing U.S. Treasury yields sharply higher, which in turn has had a negative effect on TSX defensive sectors as well.“We have seen REITs pull back in the last couple of weeks by eight% or thereabouts, same for utilities and pipelines — so it’s a pretty big pullback,” added Stephenson.“And . . . financials in Canada are interest sensitive to a degree and you have weakening data in terms of housing. And people are saying this is not a very good story.” What investors were watching today: Condo building surge signals economy gaining momentumOMERS, AIMCo to buy Europe’s cinema giant for $1.5-billionTravelers to buy Dominion of Canada General Insurance for $1.1-billionToronto ranked in top 10 most competitive cities in worldON DECK TUESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADAManpower Survey (Q3) UNITED STATES10 a.m.Wholesale trade (April): Economists expect a 0.2% rise in inventories, 0.1% decline in sales Job openings and labor turnover survey (April) read more