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Kapil Dev reminisces about ‘83 World Cup win; Shares thoughts on upcoming movie ‘83’

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Kapil Dev attended a promotional event ahead of the launch of the movie ‘83’, which is based on the Indian cricket team’s 1983 World Cup win.

The victory was one of India’s greatest and still holds a special place for every Indian, even if they weren’t born at the time.

Kapil Dev’s epic running catch to dismiss Sir Vivian Richards and Balwinder Sandhu’s famous inswinger to dismiss Gordon Greenidge have created a long-lasting imprint on every Indian cricket fan’s mind.

And ahead of the film’s impending December 24 release date, Dev, who captained the winning squad looked back fondly at his time in charge and gave his thought on the movie.

“I have not seen the film yet. A lot of hard work has gone into the making of the film. We all are excited to see the movie and go back in time,” he said.


The 62-year-old also paid homage to his former teammate, Yashpal Sharma, who passed away and added that he will always remain in their hearts.

Dev also spoke about the importance of possessing strong communication skills and added that English is a universal language and honing his skills helped him a lot in life and in his sporting career.

He added that knowing English helped in sharing his thoughts and idea, and also helped him enjoy his favourite Jazz music.

“Modern-day sports persons need to have great communication skills. This ability of learning has helped me become an avid golfer too,” said Dev.


Dev is one of India’s most legendary cricketers, taking 434 Test wickets, and was named by Wisden as ‘Indian Cricketer of the Century’ in 2002. He also holds the record of being the youngest cricket captain in the world to win the World Cup at the age of 24.

Kapil Dev also spoke about Ranveer Singh’s role in the movie, 83. The talented actor plays Dev while his real-life wife, Deepika Padukone plays Dev’s wife Romi in the movie.

It was great to interact with Ranveer during the making of the movie. Other actors have also given their best I’m sure,” added Dev.


He also revealed that he was initially unsure about the couple portraying him and his wife. Dev admitted he was a little scared. He said Ranveer is an actor and he wasn’t sure if he would be able to do sufficient justice to the role that required him to play somebody of sports and athleticism.

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