Kabir Khan in recreating Kapil Dev's iconic coup for '' 83 ': For Tunbridge Wells ground officials, it was like the return of his hero
In June 2019, Kabir Khan began a marathon schedule for his next director, '83', in England. The team recreated Kapil Dev The entries of 175 winning tickets of the game against Zimbabwe in Tunbridge Wells, which is recognized as one of the best ODI strikes of all time by several experts in Cricket.
Interestingly, there is no visual evidence of historical entries as the transmission partner of the Cricket world cup was on strike on the day of the match, a crucial one for India to qualify for the next round. During the shoot, ground officials surprised the team of the sports-drama by paying tribute to the Cricket ing legend. Now, an engraved plaque celebrating Kapil’s record-breaking knock hangs on the walls of the pavilion.
Kabir reveals that the local team was excited to learn that the innings was being revisited at the original location. Getting Kapil Dev on the ground after 36 years was like cherry on top. “It was history in the making all over again because the entire town and country got so excited. At the end of the day, Kapil sir’s innings put Tunbridge Wells on the map of the Cricket ing world. It’s a beautiful ground, but not many big matches happen there. It’s destiny that the man who created a world record there got back to the ground after 36 years,” Kabir beams, adding, “For them, it was like the return of their hero.”
While Kabir and the crew of the Sajid Nadiadwala, Madhu Mantena, Shibasish Sarkar and Vishnu Induri production invited Kapil Dev to witness the shoot, the former Indian Skipper wasn’t aware of the planned tribute. “We requested him to come on the set, but the plaque was a pleasant surprise for him,” Kabir shares, adding that a video capturing the moment will be unveiled by the team on Kapil’s birthday on January 6.
Two of Kapil's teammates, Balwinder Singh Sandhu (who has also trained the Kabir reel life team that is led by Ranveer singh ) & Mohinder Amarnath They were also present on the occasion to cheer up their Captain.