Cricket: India won its maiden trophy on this date (1983)

 Cricket: India won its maiden trophy on this date (1983)

Former Indian Captain Kapil Dev received the world cup trophy

LONDON, 25 June: The final of the 1983 Cricket World Cup was played between India and West Indies at Lord’s on 25 June 1983.

India, playing in their first final, defeated the West Indies to claim their first World Cup title.

India’s victory in the match is generally regarded as a landmark moment in Indian cricket.

First time India qualified for World Cup final

India was making their first appearance at a World Cup final after defeating England by 6 wickets in the first semi-finals.
The West Indies had reached a third consecutive final after defeating Pakistan by 8 wickets in the second semi-final, and were looking for their third consecutive World Cup win.

After losing the toss, Indian were asked to bat first against a West Indies team that arguably boasted the world’s best bowling attack. Sunil Gavaskar, who had had a generally unsuccessful tournament, got dismissed early on for two.

A partnership between Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Mohinder Amarnath took India past the 50 mark, before the former was taken lbw by Marshall.

Amarnath was then bowled by Holding for 26, and only two more runs were made before Yashpal Sharma fell.

Kapil Dev, the Indian captain, took 8 balls to reach 15, but was caught off the bowling of Larry Gomes; while Kirti Azad fell for a duck, leaving Indian at 111/6. Roger Binny was caught on two, while Sandeep Patil made 27 to get India to 153/8.

All-rounder Madan Lal soon followed for 17, and the 10th wicket partnership made 22 runs before Michael Holding bowled Syed Kirmani for 14. India were thus bowled out for 183 in 54.4 overs.

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