New Delhi: One of the most dramatic examples of the nature of uncertainty in cricket occurred on June 25, 1983, when India defeated the mighty West Indies in the final to win the prudential world cup.The defeat of the Caribbean was considered at that time one of the biggest upsets in the history of all games.
On this day 39 years ago, team India dashed Clive Lloyd’s hopes of winning the World Cup for the third time in a row. India reversed the result in the finals, which was unbelievable.
Before the start of the tournament, India was considered the underdogs. But the Australian skipper in this world cup, Kim Hughes, predicted that India would be the “Dark Horse” in the third prudential world cup. At last, his verdict proved absolutely right.
India started its campaign in the 1983 World Cup with a bang, defeating the reigning champion, the West Indies, in its first league match. This victory served as a warning to others that Kapil and his men were ready to demolish any opponent.
The final was held on June 25, 1983 at the Mecca of cricket, Lords. Prior to the final, India outclassed hosts England in the semis, which sounded an alarm in the Caribbean camp.
The enthusiastic cricket fans were glued in front of their black and white TVs to watch a thrilling summit clash at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. In fact, the first three cricket world cups were played with 60 overs, not 50.
India batted first in the final and were bundled out for just a paltry total of 183. The blood-thirsty West Indies bowlers bowled with accurate line and length, never allowing Indian batters to open their shoulders. The fantastic bowling won the hearts of cricket fans. The opener, Kris Srikanth, was the top scorer with 38, including a six against the big bird, Joel Garner. Sandeep Patil also chipped in with 27 runs while other batsmen failed to cope with the opponent’s wonderful bowling.
Chasing 184 was a cakewalk for the Lloyd’s side at that time. The West Indies became overconfident and their supporters were dancing in joy during the lunch break.
The “Never say die” attitude kept the morale of Indian cricketers high. At one stage, master blaster Viv Richards was toying with the Indian bowlers. But Kapil took an astonishing catch to back the great Richards to the hut. Wicketkeeper Jeff Dujor tried to consolidate the innings, but he was dismissed on 25.
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India then wrapped up the Indies innings rapidly and registered a comprehensive 43-run win and created a new history as well as emerged as another powerhouse in one-day cricket in the world. Mohinder Amarnath played a significant role in this match and bagged three wickets. He was adjudged man of the match. When Kapil Dev received the world cup, the entire nation burst into joy. Cricket fans distributed sweets and honked in jubilation.
Cricket got a major boost in India and the sport has not looked back since then.