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Times Now revives glorious moments of India’s victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup

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Mumbai, June 19, 2008

“Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.” said legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. This statement was personified by the Indian Cricket team during the 1983 World Cup, who played like true champions to create history. Today as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1983 World Cup, Times Now has taken the initiative to line up four special shows to relive the journey of India’s victory.

Arnab Gowami, Editor-in-chief, TIMES NOW and anchor of the show “Frankly Speaking”, invited Kapil Dev for a tete-a tete on the show, where Kapil Dev gets emotional remembering the magic that led to the famous victory on the 25th of June 1983. He shares inside stories and gets nostalgic talking about the special moment.

Kapil Dev, the skipper of the 1983 Indian Cricket team lead the entire tournament by example with his pace bowling and whirlwind knocks that set the stage for a memorable Indian victory. He and his team mates: Kirti Azad and Syed Kirmani got together with Charu Sharma in two special episodes in the show “How the World Was Won”. They express their experiences as a team, the challenges they faced and obstacles they overcame to win the finals. They reminisce on how God was on India's side in the final and together they take us through special moments from the semi-final & final of the 1983 victory.

Commenting on this unique initiative Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-chief, TIMES NOW said, “I was very young when India won the world cup in 1983, but till date every time I watch India play I long to experience the feeling that I did back then. The four special shows dedicated to the 1983 world cup is a tribute to all the players, who have made India proud. I am confident that every Indian who loves the game of cricket will not want to miss out on these special shows.”

Times Now has lined up the world premiere of a special documentary, “1983: India’s World Cup” with rare footage, interviews with members of the legendary 1983 World Cup winning team and perspective of cricketers from players of other countries. The documentary is created by Ashis Ray, ace television producer and ex CNN South Asia bureau chief. The documentary will be telecast in two separate episodes across the weekend.

Times Now will also treat its viewers to special coverage with India’s ace cricket expert and celebrated sports historian Dr. Boria Majumdar from London and a special TV team covering the Oval Room of the Lords, where the 15 members of the World Cup winning team come together in a historic moment. The special coverage will include interviews with the players, and those who witnessed India’s biggest sports victory from close. Viewers can tune in between June 23rd to June 25th to witness this special coverage on the frenzy of the 25th anniversary celebration.

So tune in to Times Now between June 19th – June 25th to catch up on all the action as India celebrates the silver jubilee of its astounding victory at the World Cup.

The programme schedule is as follows:

83: how the world was won: the road to the final – June 19th and June 21st at 8:30 pm

83: how the world was won: the victory – June 20th at 8:30 pm and June 22nd at 10:30 pm

frankly speaking special – June 21st at 6.30 pm and June 22nd at 2.30 & 8.30pm

1983: India's world cup part 1 – June 21st at 9:30 pm

1983: India's world cup part 2 - June 22nd at 9:30 pm

For further information, please contact:

Genesis Burson-Marsteller

Shotorupa Ghosh

Tel: +09833626674