It’s a long time ago but the memories are fresh and achievements are absolutely fantastic and have many unforgettable moments.The 1983 Cricket World Cup was the 3 rd edition of the ICCI Cricket World Cup tournament. It was held in England and Wales and India won the world cup.
Total 8 countries participated in the event, these preliminary matches were played in two groups of 4 teams each, the top two teams in each group qualified for the semi-finals. The matches consisted of 60 over’s per team and were played in traditional white clothing and with the red balls.
Now have a look what happen on 25th June 1983
Two teams India and West Indies qualified for the final match in the Cricket world Cup. But in the final match, India lost the toss and were asked to bat first against a West Indies team that arguably boasted the world’s best bowling attack.Only Krishnamachari Srikkanth (38 from 57 balls) and Mohinder amaranth (26 from 80 balls) put up any significant resistance as Roberts,Marshall,Joel Garner and Michael Holding ripped through the Indian batsman, abluy supported by Gomes.Indian team were all-out in 54.4 over and the score was just 183.
When the chips of Indian team were down, Kapil Dev said “Team if this is not a winning total it’s definitely a fighting total” one of the popular quotes of all time.
However, the Indian bowling exploited the weather and the pitch conditions perfectly to bow out the best batting line-up of the era for 140 from 52 over’s in return, winning by 43 runs and completing one of the most stunning upsets in cricket history.
Amarnath and Madan Lal (3-31) each took three wickets and the memorable moment was the sight of Kapil Dev running a great distance (about 18-20 yards) to tke a catch to dismiss Richards, the West Indies top scorer with 33 from 28 balls.
Amarnath was awarded Man of the match for his all –round performance, conceding just 12 runs from his seven over’s while taking 3 wickets, In 1983 no ‘Man of the Series’ awarded.
Story By : Palak Vaghela