Solution to Cricket Crossword - 1
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Not sure if any of you observed - the entire Cricket Crossword 1 was about India's famous win in the 1983 World Cup final! India's most historic moment in cricket!
1. KIRMANI— In 1979 at Mumbai. Sent in as a nightwatchman at 231/3, Kirmani held the innings when it was collapsing. 327/7, at one stage, India declared at 458/8
2. ROGER—Binny, in the 1983 World Cup
3. BACCHUS—Faoud Bacchus of West Indies. Bacchus is God of Intoxication – not sure if his name has anything to do with it. May be a coincidence
5. VIVIAN—The one and only Sir Vivian Richards
7. MADAN—Madan Lal – take a look at the 1983 World Cup finals scorecard
8. DUJON—Jeff Dujon played for West Indies between 1981 and 1991 – WI never lost a series when he played
10. MOHINDER—Amarnath, it was,who made many 'comebacks', and called the selectors a 'bunch of jokers'
11. SHARMA—Yashpal Sharma played in the 1983 World Cup final
15. ROBERTS—Andy Roberts; Vishy’s finest innings was 97 not out at Chepauk and is famous for how he treated Roberts
19. LLOYD—Clive Lloyd who needs no introduction
21. SUNIL—Gavaskar, the hero of India’s tour of West Indies in 1971
22. GORDON—Greenidge, the awesome opener of West Indies between 1974 and 1991
23. HAYNES—Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge together have 16 century partnerships – a record that was overtaken by Tendulkar and Dravid a few days ago
1. KIRTI— Azad, the BJP MP played in the 1983 World Cup final. Sometime around 1982-83, he played a swashbuckling innings against Pakistan in a day-night match at Kotla. This innings probably ended the career of a Pak bowler, Ehteshamuddin.
4. SANDEEP—Patil, had his own unique brand of aggressive batting when most others tended to play in classical style
6. INDIA—Rocked the cricket world when it won the Prudential World Cup in 1983
9. GOMES—Larry Gomes played his last test on March 12 1987 (sorry for my typo – 23 years, not 22!)
11. SANDHU—Balwinder Singh Sandhu took the wicket of Greenidge in the 1983 World Cup final – that pumped up the adrenaline of the entire Indian team
12. MARSHALL—Malcolm Marshall. Ask Mike Gatting and he will tell you how it feels to get hit by a Marshall quickie. Marshall died in 1999, aged 41.
13. SRIKKANTH—Krishnamachari Srikkanth. Not sure why he needed a double ‘k’ in his name!
14. KAPIL—Dev. His 175 not out against Zimbabwe when India was reeling at 17/5 is folklore. Unfortunately, there is no televised recording (apparently BBC was on strike that day – unconfirmed hearsay).Some spectator was supposed to have taken some video clips – I have no idea if this is true.
16. BIRD—Dicky Bird, one of the umpires in the 1983 World Cup final
17. HOLDING—Michael Holding - He kicked the stumps in frustration when an appeal for caught behind was turned down during West Indies tour of New Zealand in 1979/80
18. GARNER—Joel Garner. His 5/38 against England in 1979 is the best ever in a WC Final. Twice he was on the verge of a hat-trick in this match. At one stage in the match, he had taken 5 wickets for 4 runs in 11 balls!
20. LORDS—25th June 1983 – a red letter day in the annals of Indian cricket