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

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)

4 thoughts on “An Asian coup, an Australian heist – the 1987 World Cup”

  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.

    1. 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. 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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