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

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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