24 October, 2020

Made For Each Other

Before he lost to Kapil's Devils, Clive Lloyd was the undisputed monarch of the World Cup

Made For Each Other
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Perhaps the biggest disappointment of Clive Lloyd’s illustrious career was the failure to win the World Cup outright, by capturing it for a third successive time in 1983. As it was, Kapil Dev’s hard-working attack—coupled with some Caribbean complacency—produced a major upset, signalling to other nations that the West Indies’ dominance of one-day cricket was over. Since that watershed, the West Indies have flopped badly, unable to reach the semi-finals in both 1987 and 1992.

That 1983 set-back at Lord’s still rankles Lloyd. "India deserved to win, no doubt about that," he said. "It was just such an anticlimax, I had desperately wanted that trophy." However, Lloyd, a match referee for the forthcoming World Cup, still has sweet memories of a competition which seemed tailor-made for him when it was introduced almost 21 years ago. He had already enjoyed considerable success in limited overs competitions with Lancashire—then nicknamed the ‘Kings of One-Day Cricket’—and he was at the head of a powerful West Indies side which included Viv...

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