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    What made the mid-1980s Indian ODI team so good?

    The Indian ODI team of the mid-1980s did not seem to have any particularly outstanding cricketers outside of Kapil Dev but they not only beat the WI in the finals of the 1983 world cup but beat them once before in the same tournament.

    Further, they also won the 1985 world championship of cricket.

    On paper, they had no right to compete and this was often reflected in bilateral series such as when WI visited India after the 1983 world cup and thrashed us 5-0 at home in the ODIs. During the big occasions however, such as 1983 and 1985, they came up with incredibly clutch bowling and fielding team performances to win crucial games.

    Really fascinating side.
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    1-2 (Sunil Gavaskar), 2-59 (Kris Srikkanth), 3-90 (Mohinder Amarnath), 4-92 (Yashpal Sharma), 5-110 (Kapil Dev), 6-111 (Kirti Azad), 7-130 (Roger Binny), 8-153 (Sandeep Patil), 9-161 (Madan Lal), 10-183 (Syed Kirmani)

    + BS Sandhu* was the WC final winning side in 1983 facing

    1-5 (Sir Gordon Greenidge), 2-50 (Desmond Haynes), 3-57 (Sir Viv Richards), 4-66 (Larry Gomes), 5-66 (Sir Clive Lloyd), 6-76 (Faoud Bacchus), 7-119 (Jeff Dujon), 8-124 (Malcolm Marshall), 9-126 (Sir Andy Roberts), 10-140 (Michael Holding)

    + Joel Garner*

    Just ****ing sick.

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    The 1985 World Championship win was seriously impressive. They dominated the series. Won all 3 group games against Pakistan (by 6 wickets), England (by 86 runs), and Border led hosts Australia (by 8 wickets), then destroyed in the knockouts as well - NZ in the semi by 7 wickets and Pakistan again in the final, this time by 8 wickets.

    Ravi Shastri, Roger Binny, Siva, Srikkanth all had a great tournament. A young Azhar did well too.
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    Extended 45 min per match highlights of most of the matches of the 1985 series are up on youtube. These are now my meal videos for the next 2 weeks:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNtz...0onfshJqKXPJwi


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    Just found out that the bookmaker odds of a India winning the ‘83 WC were 66:1.

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    Yes that 1985 tourney win was a great achievement by all accounts.

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    To be fair Windies were an overrated ODI side even though they were arguably the greatest test side. Australia, South Africa and Pakistan at their primes were better ODI teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkut View Post
    To be fair Windies were an overrated ODI side even though they were arguably the greatest test side. Australia, South Africa and Pakistan at their primes were better ODI teams.
    lol what?

    No Team is even close to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srbhkshk View Post
    In the 80s they were best. But 90s Pak and Aus of 2000s were easily better.

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    Aus of 00s may have been slightly better, Pakistan of 90s were not as good as 80s WI, not even close.
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    Choking to India in '83 is a pretty big blotch on their record and makes it seem like the format was a bit of crapshoot back then where anyone could beat anyone on the right day


    from 99-07 Australia were just dominant and never looked like losing on the grand stage

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    In the end WI didn't win any world cup in the 80s so that's something you can mark against them, but it's still crazy to think that any team bar 00s Oz have been anywhere close to them.

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