1983 World Cup I On this day in 1983 Kapil Dev’s men took on mighty West Indies in the final and won
- On this day, the Indian team won the World Cup title for the first time 38 years ago.
- India beat West Indies under Kapil Dev’s captaincy
- Reaching the final for the Indian team was a big achievement in itself.
New Delhi: On 25 June 1983 i.e. 38 years ago, the Indian team won the World Cup title under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. Since then this day has made a special place in Indian history. Kapil Dev and his team performed an unimaginable performance to win the World Cup final by defeating the mighty West Indies at Lord’s. It was a special achievement, but many Indian fans of that era could not believe what happened.
For many Indian fans, reaching the final of the 1983 World Cup was a big achievement in itself. This is because the Indian team had managed to win only one match in the previous two World Cups in 1975 and 1979. In such a situation, a large number of fans did not expect the title from the Indian team.
At the same time, defeating the West Indies team was considered a great achievement at that time. Under the captaincy of Clive Lloyd, West Indies won both the 1975 and 1979 World Cup titles. The preparation of the Caribbean team was to win the 1983 World Cup title. The team included strong names like Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and Larry Gomes. The bowlers included Fabe for Malcolm Marshall, Sir Andy Roberts, Joel Garner and Michael Holding.
Indian team all out cheap
Clive Lloyd won the toss and invited India to bat first. Team India had a very poor start and Sunil Gavaskar returned to the pavilion as the first wicket. Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Mohinder Amarnath tried to handle the innings, but the West Indies bowlers managed to take wickets at regular intervals. Soon the Indian team was all out for 183 runs in 54.4 overs. At that time there was a 60 over ODI match.
Kapil Dev’s memorable catch and title dream fulfilled
After seeing the score at which the Indian team was all out, everyone felt that the West Indies team would create history by scoring the title hat-trick. No one believed that with the help of this score, the Indian team would be able to compete against the West Indies. Gordon Greenidge was the first batsman to be dismissed. Balwinder Sandhu made him a victim by bowling an inswing ball. Viv Richards was then caught by Kapil Dev at midwicket by Madad Lal. The Indian captain ran back and took a memorable catch.
Soon Roger Binny took the crucial wicket of Clive Lloyd to push the West Indies to 66/5. West Indies needed 117 runs to win. Jeff Dujon and Malcolm Marshall added 43 runs to give hope to West Indies’ comeback. But by then the situation of the match had been cleared. The Indian team shattered the dream of their title hat-trick by all-out West Indies for 140 runs. India won the match by 43 runs showing the untoward happening.
Kapil Dev holds the World Cup trophy in his hands at the Lord’s balcony, which is still fresh in the minds of cricket fans. The Indian team gave a new direction to cricket in the country by winning the 1983 World Cup title. After this, from great Sachin Tendulkar to Rahul Dravid and many veteran players came in the Indian team. Everyone has told that he got inspiration from the 1983 World Cup. However, the Indian team won the World Cup title for the second time after 28 years on 2 April 2011 by defeating Sri Lanka.
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