When India won the Prudential World Cup in 1983, the cricketing world did not take the Indians very seriously and termed the World Cup win as a flash in the pan. Hence, when the team embarked upon the trip Down Under, under the captaincy of Sunil Gavaskar, to participate in the Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket in 1985, the Indians weren’t expected to do well. India eventually won the Championship winning the trophy with handsome performances throughout the tournament.
The ‘Hill’ at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which has now been made into a stand, was notorious for its colourful and vociferous crowds. On the day that India played England in the B&H Cup at the SCG, an English fan on the ‘Hill’ displayed a banner saying, “GIVE ‘EM CURRY, DAVID GOWER!” English supporters sought revenge for England’s ignominious semifinal defeat in the ’83 World Cup.
Chasing 225 to win, the England asking rate climbed to impossible proportions due to some excellent bowling by the Indian seamers. The elaborate scoreboard at the SCG, in the place where the asking rate is shown after every over, displayed just one word: PRAY!
When India won the match by 86 runs, a banner displayed by a delighted Indian supporter, replying to the England supporter’s ‘Give ‘em Curry’ banner, read, “DID THE PRESSURE COOKER BLOW UP IN YOUR FACE, DAVID GOWER?”