A day can change lives. It can make a difference, which can be cherished for many years to come. June 25 is one such day which changed the phase of Indian cricket.
India proved its mettle and the whole world stood surprised when India won its first World Cup on June 25 1983 under the captainship of legendry Kapil Dev. The day marks itself as the 33rd anniversary of India lifting the cup, much before MS Dhoni’s boys repeated the same feat in 2011.
Cricket is a kind of worship and so are the cricketers especially in India. Indian Cricket has given us legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Virat Kohli and so on as the list is never ending.
1983 World Cup was the third edition of world cup, the first held in 1975 and the second held in 1979.
But do you know that India’s position was not much convincing before the 1983 World Cup and in 1979 World Cup, India could not even make to the semi-final.
Interestingly, India was considered ‘dark horse’ by other teams.
The World Cup was held from 9 June to 25 June 1983 in England and Wales. It was never an easy fight for India because a total of eight countries participated in the event.
On the final day of the world cup, India who had defeated England in the first semi-final was pretty well confident but the team opposite it was not easy. West Indies, the 1979 Champion had defeated Pakistan in the semi-final by restricting it on the score of 184 for 8 wickets.
After losing the toss, India started on a poor note, getting out cheaply on 183 runs in 54.4 overs facing tough West Indian bowlers of that era. India never lost hope and bowlers lead by Kapil himself exploited the conditions perfectly to bundle the Caribbean out for 140 from 52 overs to complete one of the most stunning upsets in cricket history.
Who can forget that moment when Kapil took that marvelous catch of Viv Richards after running about 18-20 yards? Richards was sent to pavilion at the score of 33 from 28 balls, who at one point of time was well settled and was taking the game away from India.
And not to forget, the triumph came at the time when India was changing and was seeing influx of television sets into the households.
After the World Cup, cricket became the game of the nation and it gave India yet another reason to feel proud on being an Indian.