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An Asian coup, an Australian heist – the 1987 World Cup

In the latest 81allout podcast we rewind to the World Cup in 1987 – when Australia pulled off a sensational triumph.

We talk about Allan Lamb taking on Courtney Walsh in Gujranwala, Gavaskar scorching a hundred, Dave Houghton blasting 142, Navjot “Sixer” Sidhu clattering the big ones, Gooch sweeping India out of the World Cup, Gatting reverse-sweeping to his doom, and a young Australian side enjoying a fairytale ride all the way to the summit.

Also included: The behind-the-scenes stories to bring the World Cup to the subcontinent, Australia v Pakistan in Lahore being the cricket equivalent of Italy v Brazil 1982, and Walsh going home with a special carpet.


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee),

K Balakumar (@kbalakumar)

Vijay Arumugam (@vijayarumugam)

(Lead pic from here)


  1. Great to see people like Vijay Arumugam with vast knowledge of the game having a say.

    Don’t think I know anyone who knows about the history of the sport more than Vijay.

    • 81 All Out 81 All Out

      Thanks a lot. It’s been a pleasure to chat with Vijay from time to time. We hope to bring him on more often.

  2. Sid Sid

    This was very good nostalgia. Pls discuss the Nehru Cup sometime. I neither find much footage of it, nor anyone discussing or remembering it. ☹️

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