This day, that year: India won the 1983 World Cup

This day, that year: India won the 1983 World CupUpdated on : 25-06-2017 10:24 AM
On this day 33 years ago - 25 June, 1983 - India defeated the then invincible West Indies team of Clive Lloyd to win their maiden World Cup trophy, then called the Prudential Cup.

That changed the way Indian cricket was looked at.

The West Indies had already won two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 before that and were well on their way to completing a hat-trick chasing India's paltry 183, until Kapil's Devils turned it around with a stunning catch by the skipper to dismiss Viv Richards, followed by a clean-up job by Mohinder Amarnath.

The Indian victory not only shed the minnows' tag but also ended the dominance of the West Indies team. The victory will always find a special place in the folklore of Indian cricket.

Yes, India have another World Cup to boast of, but what was achieved in 1983 was possible because of a few amateur boys playing extra-ordinarily well when it mattered.

The passion, the brilliance and the resilience of Kapil's Devils will forever be unparalleled. 25th June was special, and forever will be.

Brief scores: India 183 in 54.4 overs (Kris Srikkanth 38, Mohinder Amarnath 26; Andy Robers 3/32, Malcolm Marshall 2/24, Michael Holding 2/26) beat West Indies 140 in 52 overs (Vivian Richards 33, Jeff Dujon 25; Amarnath 3/12, Madan Lal 3/21) by 43 runs.


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