When the Indian team led by Kapil Dev won the World Cup at Lord’s, the then BCCI President …
When the Indian team led by Kapil Dev won the World Cup at Lord’s, the then BCCI President, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Minister NKP Salve wanted to celebrate the victory with encouragement to the players. But the Indian Cricket Board was not rich at the time. There was no rain of money on cricketers then as there is today. Today BCCI has a $ 5 billion TV broadcasting deal. But then the players would get a daily allowance of just పౌ 20. At such a time, Lata Mangeshkar helped the BCCI and Indian cricket.
For this, Salve and Rajsingh approached Dungarpur. Dungarpur has requested his close friend, cricket fan Lata Mangeshkar, to perform at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. Lataji agreed and performed for two hours at the crowded stadium. The BCCI raised a lot of money from that concert. A total of 14 players were given Rs 1 lakh each. Sunil Walson recalled
Sunil Walson, a member of the Indian team that won the 1983 World Cup, told PTI, ‘It was a huge amount at the time. Otherwise, we would have had to save Rs 60,000 from the tour and daily allowance. Some people promised us 5000 or 10000 rupees, which is very insulting. But after that Lataji did a concert. The concert was awesome. Watching her sing live was unforgettable. Two tickets will be reserved for Lata ji
BCCI has not forgotten her contribution. As a mark of respect she is awarded two VIP passes for international matches at each stadium in India. A BCCI official said Lataji was given two tickets for each match, as is the quota of state associations and sponsors for each match. For the Mangeshkar family, cricket means madness.
Watching matches in the stadium
Mumbai-based senior sports journalist Makarand Vaingankar says Lata Mangeshkar used to come to CCI Stadium regularly in the 60s. It then appeared in Wankhede Stadium in the 70s and 80s. Lataji and his brother Hridayanath Mangeshkar used to come to Brabourne Stadium to watch Test matches. No matter how busy she was, she would come to watch every match in the seventies. ” Said.
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