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Gavaskar salutes Kapil's magical 175

June 20 2008

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar described Kapil Dev's unbeaten 175-run knock against Zimbabwe during India's successful 1983 World Cup campaign as the "best one-day innings" ever.

Gavaskar recalled that it was a match that India had to win to enter the semi-final.

"When you had lost half of your side with less than 20 runs on the board, obviously it was not looking good. But this gentleman [Kapil Dev] went out and played his innings I had seen in limited overs international.

"That 175 has to be in my view the greatest knock in the World Cup," Gavaskar said.

Kapil said captaining the 1983 side was not difficult as everybody was playing well at the time.

He said even after he took that famous catch of Vivian Richards off Madan Lal, the final match was still open as Clive Lloyd was still at the crease.

"Lloyd was the most dangerous player", Kapil Dev said. But Gavaskar insisted it was that catch indeed which took India to the last-four stage of the elite event.

"Kapil's 175 got us into semi-final...that catch [Richards] got us the final."

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