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India's Glorious 83' World Cup Victory Turns 37 Today
The most historical moment in the history of Indian cricket was when India Won the 1983 World Cup
This Day That Year ; India Won The 1983 World Cup
New Delhi: It was the day of 25 June 1983 when for the first time in history India won the title of World Cup by defeating West Indies in the finals by 43 runs at the Lord's Cricket Ground. It has now been 37 years since this historical moment in the Indian cricket team has experienced to date.
The World Cup-winning team was led by all-rounder Kapil Dev. India's World Cup final playing XI included Sunil Gavaskar, K Srikkanth, Mohinder Amarnath, Yashpal Sharma, SM Patil, Kapil Dev (c), Kirti Azad, Roger Binny, Madan Lal, Syed Kirmani, and Balwinder Sandhu.
In the finals between India and West Indies, India lost the toss and West Indies won so they opted to bowl first. The Kapil Dev-led side managed almost scored 183 runs as Andy Roberts took three wickets while Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, and Larry Gomes picked up two wickets each. For India, Kris Srikkanth top-scored as he played a knock of 38 runs, apart from him, no other batsmen managed to go past the 30-run mark.
Defending 183 runs, India did an excellent job of keeping a check on the Windies run flow and Madan Lal then dismissed their main batsmen Vivian Richards (33), reducing Windies to 57/3. Soon after, the team from the Caribbean was reduced to 76/6 and India was the favorites from there on to win the title. Mohinder Amarnath took the final wicket of Michael Holding which led India to win its first-ever World Cup. In the finals, West Indies was bowled out for 140, and as a result, India won the match by 43 runs.
Team leader Kapil Dev then lifted the World Cup at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. The picture till date remains evergreen when for the first time Kapil Dev held the world cup. In the finals, Mohinder Amarnath was chosen as the Man of the Match who scored 26 runs with the bat and also picked up three wickets with the ball.