Here’s how Cricketer’s celebrated 37th Anniversary of Glory: India’s maiden World Cup in 1983

Here’s how Cricketer’s celebrated 37th Anniversary of Glory: India’s maiden World Cup in 1983

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On June 25, 1983, India attained their first-ever cricket World Cup triumph, defeating West Indies. At the Lord’s Cricket Ground, by 43 runs, India made its history. It is now 37 years to India’s title in the tournament. At that time the team was led by the “all-rounder” Kapil Dev.



West Indies playing their third consecutive WC final, while India playing their very first. However, India defeated them and claimed the title.
The Indian playing XI were, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Sunil Gavaskar, Sandeep Patil, Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath, Yashpal Sharma, Roger Binny, Syed Kirmani, Madan Lal, Kirti Azad, and Balwinder Sandhu.

India lost the toss and was asked to bat first. West Indies we’re confident enough as they arguably boasted the world’s best bowling attack. Unfortunately, India didn’t survive the stipulated 60 overs as they were bowled out for 183 in 54.4 overs. Only three sixes were hit in the Indian innings, from Srikkanth, Sandeep Patil, and Madan Lal.

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But this doesn’t stop India from winning their title. Initially for West Indies, chasing the target of 184 to win the third World cup in a row, didn’t think it was a big deal. Gradually the dynamics of the game changed. Soon the West Indies were surprised when Sandhu famously clean bowled Gordon Greenidge with a huge inswinger. Though they crossed 50 with Desmond Haynes and Viv Richards batting smoothly. But just in time, Madan Lal struck for India felling West Indies to 57/3.
Madan still bowling, the score went 66/4. Kapil Dev once again rose to the occasion as he caught West Indies Skipper Clive Lloyd off Roger Binny reeling West Indies at 66/5.

With Sandhu and M Amarnath, the defending champions fell to 124/8. Soon Kapil Dev trapped Andy Roberts in front of the wicket and Amarnath clean bowled Michael Holding dismissing West indies for 140 in 52 overs, making India the winner.

Indian bowling exploited the weather and pitch conditions perfectly to bowl out the best batting line-up of the era, winning by 43 runs and completing one of the most stunning upsets in cricket history, defeating the previously invincible West Indies. Kapil Dev lifting the trophy at the balcony of Lord’s Cricket Ground still remains an image to savor for all the Indian fans.


In the finals, Mohinder Amarnath was chosen as the Man of the Match as he scored 26 runs with the bat and also picked up three wickets with the ball.

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Today, 37 years ago our country India was recognised as a team winning their first ever title. We made our history in cricket on this day and proudly our Cricketers are celebrating the victory by tweeting and congratulating each other. The team photographs along with the tweets has become the one and only way to pay their respects in the light of the ongoing pandemic.


“#ThisDayThatYear On 25th June in 1983, we believed and we became – World Champions and changed the face of #Cricket in #India once and for all. @therealkapildev @ICC @cricketworldcup ???” – Ravi Shastri tweeted.

“Today 37 years ago, changed the cricketing landscape in India. Thank you @therealkapildev and team for making the game a career for many of us today. Deeply indebted???”- Ashwin tweeted.

“A moment of national pride, our seniors lifted the 1983 Cricket World Cup on this day ?? ? Congratulations to every member of the 1983 team ???? You set the benchmark for us to achieve the same in 2011! Looking forward to India becoming a world champion in all sports ????”- Yuvraj Singh tweeted.


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“Class of 83 .37 years and still counting !!25th June 1983,” tweeted Madan Lal.

“What a day that was. A dream come true. Koi lauta de mere Beete hue din.
25th June, 1983 when we won the ‪#CricketWorldCup83‬ for the very first time.‪@therealkapildev‬ ‪@RaviShastriOfc‬ ‪@SGanguly99‬ ‪@RanveerOfficial‬ ‪@kabirkhankk‬ ‪@BCCI‬ ‪@sardesairajdeep‬
Photo 25 years later at Lords” – Azad tweeted


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“37 years today since the historic day at Lords when Kapil Paaji lifted the 1983 World Cup. As a 9 year old, it inspired me to dream big and enhanced my love for the game. Incredible day which inspired a whole generation. Thank you Team 83” – Laxman tweeted.

“June 25, 1983: The iconic image of Kapil Dev holding the World Cup Trophy at Lord’s is a watershed moment in Indian cricket history. It changed cricket in India. This win inspired the next generation to achieve the impossible & dream BIG”- M Kaif tweeted.


“One of the most important events in the History of Indian Cricket. This win inspired India’s future generations to dream big!
37 years to this glory of
‪#WorldCup1983‬ ‪@therealkapildev‬” – Raina tweeted.

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