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Jiiva to play Krishnamachari Srikkanth in '83'



‘83’ will chronicle India’s maiden WC win

Actor Jiiva has joined the cast of the Bollywood film ‘83’ on 1983 Cricket World Cup victory, which will feature the likes of actor Ranveer Singh playing the role of former World Cup winning Indian captain Kapil Dev. Directed by Kabir Khan, actor Jiiva will be playing the role of opening batsman Krishnamachari Srikkanth in this tale about how an underdog Indian team seizes victory.

Actor Jiiva, who admits that his cricketing sensibilities mirror Mr. Srikkanth’s, said: “I have decent cricketing skills and it is similar to Srikkanth sir’s idea of winging it. I spoke to Srikkanth and he casually said ‘Paathukalaam va’ (‘Don’t worry, we’ll do it’). We will have a training session in Dharmasala before the filming begins in England in May.”

The actor has already been speaking to the batsman about what happened during the historic World Cup victory.

“He told me few incidents about what happened with a few bowlers during the World Cup. It is a good role and it focuses on what happened in the 25 days during the World Cup,” he said, adding, “I have never been to Lord’s stadium and I can’t wait to play there.”

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