Exactly this day at Lord’s that the Indian Team, led by the flamboyant Kapil Dev stunned the world by winning the World –Cup. It was a watershed moment in India History. Sachin Tendulkar himself had said this time and again that it was 1983 world cup that inspired him to play the game and because of this day, that cricket became his obsession.
Giving the target of 184 to win the third World cup in a row, West Indians were blown by Sandhu as he easily clean- bowled Gordon Greenidge with a huge in-swinger to which the batsman had shouldered arms. Indian bowling affected the weather and pitch conditions perfectly to bowl out the best batting line-up of West-Indies. They won by 43 runs completing one of the most stunning upsets in cricket history, defeating three-time winner West-Indies. For India, Madan Lal claimed 3 wickets, while Sandhu claimed 2 wickets. Kapil Dev had a fine rate of 1.90 runs per over, but Amarnath was the most successful bowler, conceding just 12 runs from his seven overs while taking 3 wickets. Thus, he was awarded the Man of the Match award for his all-round performance."Man of the Series” award was not given in 1983
India, on June 25, 1983, defeated the West Indies by 43 runs at the iconic Lord's cricket ground to win their first-ever World Cup title. The then India captain Kapil Dev took a trip down memory lane and posted a picture of him holding the coveted trophy in England on Instagram. “37 years to a day that will never be forgotten," Kapil Dev captioned the photo on Instagram. Former India all-rounder and current head coach of Team India Ravi Shastri took to Twitter and recalled the win that changed the face of cricket in the country.
By: Sushmita Jha
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