India's maiden World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has claimed that he wasn't invited to attend the 2023 ODI World Cup final between India and Australia. According to reports, the Cricket Governing Body has sent invitations to all the World Cup-winning captains to watch the final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, November 19.
Although there was no official confirmation in this regard, the Indian Cricket Board also did not intend to invite the legendary player. When ABP news asked about his absence in the final, the former all-rounder said he had the desire to attend the epic encounter with his entire 1983 squad but was not invited by the board officials.
"You called me, I came here. Unhone nahi bulaya, mein nahi gaya (the Indian Cricket Board didn't call me, I didn't go), as simple as that. I wanted my whole 1983 World Cup team to be there. But there is so much work going on, there's so much responsibility, sometimes people forget," Kapil told ABP News.
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Kapil Dev, WC winning captain was not invited for #INDvsAUSfinal at Narendra Modi stadium by BCCI.
Jay Shah led BCCI had all the time to arrange publicity for #Panauti but left out real champ.💔pic.twitter.com/av13JkU5iL
Way back in 1983, Team India entered the premier 50-over tournament as underdogs. But stunned the cricket world by defeating the mighty West Indies in the final at Lord’s to clinch the elusive trophy for the very first time. Kapil's captaincy and all-around brilliance were instrumental in India's successful campaign.
Apart from Kapil, 1975 and 1979 captain Clive Lloyd, Allan Border (1987), Arjuna Ranatunga (1996), Steve Waugh (1999), Ricky Ponting (2003, 2007), MS Dhoni (2011), Michael Clarke (2015), and Eoin Morgan (2019) were also expected to guest. Notably, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, who won the prestigious title in the 1992 World Cup, is not in the line-up as he is currently in jail.
Talking about the 2023 WC final, Australia won by six wickets to win their sixth title in the 50-over format. India were outclassed in both departments as Australia managed to overcome the pressure in front of a 'blue sea' at the world's largest cricket stadium.