June 25, 1983 was a big day for Indian cricket-lovers all over the world. India was playing the finals of the Prudential World Cup! India’s entry into the finals had not been expected. Almost everybody thought it a foregone conclusion that India would lose the finals since they were facing the mighty West Indies, who had won the first two Prudential World Cups in 1975 and 1979, but hoped that India would put up a decent fight. As P. R. Man Singh, the manager of the winning Indian team said in ‘When Kapil’s Devils made history‘ in The Hindu, “No one gave us a chance to even qualify for the semi-finals, forget about winning the cup.” Of course, many diehard optimists in India thought that, in view of the ‘glorious uncertainties’ of cricket, India had a chance of winning.
West Indies won the toss and chose to field. India scored 183 all out in 54.4 overs. At this stage, almost everybody gave up any hopes of an Indian victory. The only 2 questions were how many overs the Windies would need to reach the target, and how many wickets they would lose in the process.
As all readers probably know, India bowled out the mighty West Indies for 140 runs in 52 overs to win the match and the third Prudential World Cup!
Today, December 28, 2013, Arvind Kejriwal will be sworn in as Chief Minister of Delhi along with six ministers of the AAP government. Many ‘experts’ have predicted that this Government will be a disaster if it survives. Most, if not all of these experts had earlier predicted that the AAP would not make much impact in the Delhi elections, and that Arvind Kejriwal himself would be routed by Sheila Dikshit in the New Delhi constituency. The AAP shocked these ‘experts’ by winning 28 seats and Arvind Kejriwal himself defeated Sheila Dikshit by a margin of over 25,000 votes!
The Congress and the BJP have been totally graceless in defeat. Instead of wishing the AAP government well and adopting a wait-and-watch approach, they have been making all kinds of snide remarks about the AAP and the government which is being formed.
As P. R. Man Singh said, nobody gave India a chance to even qualify for the semi-finals of the 1983 Prudential World Cup, but India entered the semi-finals and went on to win the cup. In the same way, very few people expected AAP to get more than a few seats in the Delhi election, but AAP did very well and is now forming the government. Unless the Congress, which has promised support, plays dirty, the AAP government will survive at least till the 2014 Lok Sabha elections are over. The AAP government has time till then to start showing results. They have made some promises that appear impossible to fulfil. At least that’s what the ‘experts’ say. However, I’m sure the AAP has their own action plan to fulfil those promises. Why can’t the ‘experts’ from the Congress, the BJP, other parties and elsewhere wait and see what the AAP government does?
Let us all hope that, for the sake of the people of Delhi and the rest of the country, the AAP government will repeat what Kapil’s Devils did 30 years back: prove their critics wrong!
Best wishes to the AAP government! Best wishes to all of us!!