In a surprising revelation, former India cricket captain Kapil Dev disclosed that he was not invited to the much-anticipated World Cup final clash between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Kapil, who led the Indian team to their historic ODI World Cup victory in 1983, expressed his disappointment, stating that despite his desire to attend with the entire ’83 team, he did not receive an invitation.
“I wasn’t invited there. They didn’t call me, so I did not go. As simple as that. I wanted the whole ’83 team to be there with me, but I guess due to the fact that it’s such a big event and people are so busy handling responsibilities, sometimes they forget,” Kapil conveyed to ABP News.
BCCI Norms and Notable Absences
While former India captains like Sourav Ganguly, invited in his capacity as a former BCCI president, were present, the absence of World Cup-winning captains, including Mahendra Singh Dhoni, raised eyebrows. Reports suggested that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had extended invitations to all World Cup-winning captains.
However, both Kapil Dev and Dhoni were not in attendance, leaving fans puzzled. The BCCI norm of inviting past presidents and officials was evident, but the absence of key cricketing figures marked a departure from expectations.
Star-Studded Spectacle Despite Omissions
Despite the notable omissions, the World Cup final was graced by the presence of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, serving as the ICC Global Ambassador for the Cricket World Cup 2023. The stands were also adorned by Bollywood celebrities Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Ranveer Singh, adding glitz to the high-profile game.
Badminton great Prakash Padukone and legendary playback singer Asha Bhosle were among the dignitaries in attendance, emphasizing the event’s cross-disciplinary appeal. The absence of Kapil Dev and Dhoni, however, remains a talking point in the aftermath of the thrilling final, where Australia emerged victorious by 6 wickets.
In the wake of Kapil’s revelation, questions arise about the communication and organization surrounding such prestigious cricketing events, with fans expressing disappointment over the absence of the ’83 winning team at the landmark occasion.
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