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Dismissed as a bunch of no-hopers at first, Kapil Dev and his bravehearts defied all odds to clinch the cricket World Cup against the mighty West Indies, regarded as the most dreaded team of its era.
It was an evening of celebrations and nostalgia as Kapil Dev led his teammates towards the pitch at the hallowed Lord's where India created history on June 25, exactly 25 years ago to change the cricketing landscape of the country.
It was a walk down memory lane for the players as they sought to relive those magical moments.
Liquor baron Vijay Mallya then felicitated the 1983 World Cup champions at a glittering ceremony while the UB Group also provided global iconic spirits brands for the event, including Whyte and Mackay (13), Jura (10), Dalmore (12) and Pinky vodka, to salute the cricket icons.
"The 1983 win was a special moment for India and this is our tribute to these cricket icons and millions of cricket fans in India," Mallya said in his speech.
The business tycoon unveiled the diamond studded cricket bat, signed individually by the cricket icons of 83, alongwith a specially designed ball embellished with diamonds, in association with the Gitanjali Group.
The bat, adorned with 25-carat diamonds, and ball will be auctioned and the proceeds from the auction will be equally shared by all the members of the 1983 winning team.
"I invite every cricket aficionado in the world to participate in the auction of this rare memento and make the silver jubilee celebrations of this victory truly memorable," Mallya said.
Every liquor brand served at the event was chosen with extra care to reflect the different nuances of the Indian team.
Whyte and Mackay 13, aged for an extra year for that extra smoothness, reflective of that extra mile that the Indian team walked to win the World Cup; the Jura 10 year old a single malt easy lifestyle of the Island of Jura, mirroring the breezy batting of Kris Srikkanth, Yashpal Sharma and Sandeep Patil.
The Dalmore 12 year old often known as the King of Malts reflecting the spirit of leadership of Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar, and finally Pinky the world's most beautiful Vodka bringing alive the beautiful feeling of the 1983 victory that has stayed with every Indian till today.
Mehul Choksi, Chairman - Gitanjali Group said, "Kapil Dev and his team created history at Lords in 83'. It was a match on which legends are written even today. They are the gems in the truest sense. What better than diamonds to salute the legends that bought the country its first and only World Cup glory."
"We would like to be at the heart of young India. Cricket in India is more than a sport. It has a cult status, we are glad to be associated with this magnificent game", he said.
The auction for the diamond studded bat and ball will be open for bidding from across the globe and is expected to be held simultaneously in UK and India in a few weeks from now.