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Gabbar inspired me in World Cup final: Amarnath

"I remembered the famous dialogue of Sholay that jo dar gaya so mar gaya. I told myself that it is my day and I have nothing to lose," said Jimmy Amarnath, in an interview to the Indian Express.

Hero of India's historic World Cup triumph in 1983, Mohinder Amarnath says he drew inspiration from a dialogue of Bollywood blockbuster Sholay to get over the jitters of playing against two-time champions West Indies in the finals.

"I remembered the famous dialogue of Sholay that jo dar gaya so mar gaya. I told myself that it is my day and I have nothing to lose," said Amarnath, who was adjudged man of the match in both the semifinal and the final of the World Cup.

25 years after the historic triumph, Amarnath described the Indian dressing room's atmosphere before the big match as calm and said his underdog team was in high spirits, as it had nothing to lose.

"We were very relaxed on the final day. Not a single player was panicky. We were playing together for quiet some time hence there was mutual understanding and confidence of winning," the all-rounder said.

In the final, played at the Lord's, Amarnath scored 26 runs and took three important wickets for just 12 runs in seven overs as West Indies team collapsed to 140 chasing a 183-run target.

Amarnath said he did not fear the 'dangerous' trio of pacers Joel Garner, Michel Holding and Andy Roberts and neither was he intimidated by explosive batsman Vivian Richards.

 

Amarnath, who has played 69 Tests and 85 ODIs for India, said the triumph was something out of the world for the Indians and seemed like a dream.

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