Bhubaneswar: It has been over three decades, 36 years precisely, since India earned its first World Cup victory and June 25, 1983, has been immortalised in Indian history.
While Virat Kohli’s team are working hard at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India’s first World Cup triumph in 1983 is still remembered as Kapil Dev’s victory after his squad defeated the mighty West Indies at the Lord’s in London to script history.
India entered the 1983 WC as 66/1 outsiders to win the title. Prior to the 1983 edition, six WC matches had resulted in just one win for India.
Kapil Dev’s side was drawn in Group B, alongside West Indies, Australia and Zimbabwe. Teams played each other twice in the group stage, with the top two teams going through to the semi-finals.
Up against the all-conquerors, where West Indies were set for a third straight title, Kapil’s men had posted a below-par total of 183 in the big final on June 25, 1983, at the Lord’s, London.
But what was supposed to be a cake-walk for the Caribbeans, turned out to be a high-intensity match within a few hours.
Sir Vivian Richards jumped to 33 off 27 balls. The 28th delivery he faced, from Madan Lal, Richards hit the ball in the air and Kapil Dev ran aiming to catch the ball and the catch changed the course of Indian history.
Having been 50/1, West Indies were bowled out for 140. Mohinder Amarnath’s 3/12, to follow up on his heroics against England, made him the first man to be named Player of the Match in both the semi-final and the final of the same World Cup (a feat matched only by Aravinda de Silva in 1996).
With this West Indies’ World Cup-winning streak was broken. And cricket has its new world champions in team India because of Kapil’s Devils.
The scoreboard read: India 183 (Kris Srikkanth 38, Sandeep Patil 27, Andy Roberts 3/32) beat West Indies 140 (Viv Richards 33, Mohinder Amarnath 3/12, Madan Lal 3/31) by 43 runs.
The image Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup trophy at the Lord’s balcony changed the dynamics of world cricket.
The visuals, the stories, the happiness still leaves people with goosebumps as India arrived in the world of cricket with style and made every Indian’s heart cheer loud.