The day of June 25, 1983 is an never-forgetting day in the history of Indian sports. 37 years ago, on this day, the Indian team became the World Cup champion at Lord’s.
The day of June 25, 1983 is an never-forgetting day in the history of Indian sports. 37 years ago, on this day, the Indian team became the World Cup champion at Lord’s. India won the World Cup for the first time by registering a surprise win over West Indies by 43 runs in the final. In the entire tournament, the Indian team had shown a shocking performance against the expectation of the legendary teams like Australia, England and West Indies by becoming world champions.
Windies dream of becoming champion for the third time
On one side was the West Indies team that won the title twice, on the other side was the Indian team which performed poorly in the last two World Cups (1975, 1979). The West Indies won the toss and invited India to bat first and bundled out for just 183 runs in 54.4 overs (60 overs were one-day internationals). Krishnamachari Srikkanth scored the highest 38 runs for India, which later proved to be the highest individual score of the final.
This was not a big target for the Windies, but Balwinder Singh Sandhu bowled Gordon Greenidge to just one run and gave India a tremendous success. The Caribbean team was shocked at the score of just five. However, after this Vivian Richards scored 33 runs while batting.
Captain Kapil Dev caught the amazing catch of Richards
Richards, who had set eyes on Madan Lal, suddenly played a high shot towards mid-wicket. Kapil took a wonderful catch while running long backwards. The Windies lost the third wicket on a score of 57. The enthusiasm of the Indian team doubled with this prized wicket.
The dismissal of Richards was that the West Indies innings was shattered. At one time, 6 wickets fell for 76 runs. Eventually the whole team was reduced to 140 runs in 52 overs. As the last wicket, Michael Holding’s wicket fell and Lord’s ground sank in celebration of India’s victory. Madan Lal took three wickets for 31 runs, Mohinder Amarnath took three wickets for 12 runs and Sandhu took two wickets for 32 runs and demolished the challenge of Lloyd’s men.
Mohinder Amarnath remained ‘man of the match’ in the final after the semi-finals with his all-round performance (26 runs and 3 wickets). After this historic success, Team India managed to win the ODI World Cup again in 2011 after 28 years under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.