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What India's '83 WC Winners Are Up To, 39 Years After The Victory

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Today marks the 39th anniversary of India's first ever Cricket World Cup win, back in 1983. While India is a cricketing giant today, these few players are the ones that put us on the map for the first time. Here's what these legends have been busy with in recent years.

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Kapil Dev - All Rounder The 1983 team's famous captain, Dev has become a national icon today. He currently runs Dev Musco Lighting, and also owns restaurants and retreats, while occasionally serving as a cricket commentator.

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Sunil Gavaskar - Opening Batsman As one of India's greatest-ever batsman, Gavaskar lends his expertise on the sport as one of its foremost commentators.  Post-retirement, Gavaskar has also served as the sheriff of Mumbai, Vice-president of the MCA, BCCI president, ICC match referee, Chairman of ICC cricket committee.

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Ravi Shastri - All Rounder Shastri, like many of his teammates, developed a good reputation for his keen commentary on the sport. He has also served as team Director and Coach in his post-retirement era.

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Mohinder Amarnath - All Rounder Nicknamed 'Jimmy', Amarnath is well-remembered as the finals' and semifinals' Man of the Match in 1983. Post-retirement, he ran educational programmes on cricket, and serves as a pundit on various TV channels.

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Sandeep Patil - Batsman Patil's skills as a manager would prove fruitful later in his career, after guiding Kenya to the semifinals in 2003. He has also managed Indian teams, and served as the Director of National Cricket Academy.

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Dilip Vengsarkar - Batsman Another skilled batsman, Vengsarkar took up official positions within India's cricket organisations, but was best remembered as an educator. He runs three cricket academies, two in Mumbai and one in Pune. 

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Krishnamachari Srikkanth - Batsman Invaluable for his hard-hitting performance during the '83 finals, Srikkanth has become one of South India's biggest commentators. He also used to serve as a mentor to the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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Roger Binny - All Rounder One of the first Anglo-Indians to play for the team, Binny dominated as the '83 tournament's highest wicket-taker. He currently offers analysis on news channels, serves as an Office Bearer at the Karnataka State Cricket Association, and is on the selection committee of the BCCI.

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Kirti Azad - Batsman Azad followed a relatively quiet career in International Cricket by returning to his family legacy of politics. He is currently serving as a Member of Parliament from the Darbhanga, Bihar constituency.

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 Madan Lal - Batsman Lal coached the UAE team for 1996 Cricket World Cup and had a stint as India’s national cricket coach between September 1996 and September 1997. He then became a member of the Selection Committee in 2000 and served as the coach of the Delhi Giants in the Indian Cricket League. He now runs a cricket academy in Delhi.

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 Syed Kirmani - Wicket-keeper After a great stint as India's top wicket-keeper, Kirmani became the vice-president of KSCA and also the chairman of the  national selection committee.  Today, he can be seen on various news  channels featuring as a cricket analyst.

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Balwinder Sandhu - Bowler Sandhu famously knocked out West indies' opener Gordon Greenidge, paving the way for India's eventual victory. After retirement, he served as the coach of Mumbai and Punjab and also worked with the National Cricket Academy.