On this day in 1983, India recorded history by winning the first World Cup


On this day in 1983, India recorded history by winning the first World Cup

25th June 1983, the day when a young Indian side defeated all the odds and lifted its maiden World Cup title in England. All the Indians were overwhelmed by the remarkable achievement of the cricket team who created history.

India defeated West Indies in the final of the ICC World Cup 1983 at Lord’s Stadium in London. The day will never be forgotten by every Indian cricket fan as they never expected the contingent to win the title where strong teams including West Indies and England were resilient.

India had a disappointing campaign at the 1975 and 1979 World Cup where they were knocked out in the group stage of the tournament. To earn a mark in world cricket, it was important for India to benchmark their performance in the 1983 World Cup.

India’s campaign at the World Cup began on an unprecedented note where they defeated top teams including West Indies, Zimbabwe, and Australia. India managed to finish second in their group and qualify for the semifinals.

India faced stiff resistance against England in the semifinals but they overpowered them to take on West Indies in the Finals. In what was a breathtaking final match, India managed to stay on the top and clinch a win to lift the World Cup.

West Indies too was destructive in their World Cup campaign. They crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in the semifinals and were in the hunt to win their third consecutive World Cup title.

Put in to bat first by West Indies, India rode on to a disappointing start as opener Sunil Gavaskar was out for 2. Thereafter, Kris Srikanth and Mohinder Amarnath built a 57-run stand after which Kris was dismissed. A brilliant bowling attack by West Indies bundled out India for a mere total of 183.

Amarnath (26), Sandeep Patil (27), and Kapil Dev (15) were the only frontline batsman who could make an impact. For West Indies, Andy Roberts (3/32) and Michael Holding (2/26) were the picks of the bowlers.

Chasing a modest total of 184, West Indies was bundled out for a mere total of 140 runs. Mohinder Amarnath and Madan Lal were the stars amongst the bowlers who registered a figure of 3/12 and 3/31 respectively. Kapil Dev and Sandhu chipped in a couple of wickets apiece.

For West Indies, Vivian Richards (33) and Jeff Dunon (25) were the only impactful batsmen.

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