This day that year: India clinch maiden World Cup at Lord’s
India beat West Indies by 43 runs at Lord’s to clinch their maiden World title 35 years ago today.Updated: Jun 25, 2018 15:45 IST
For many the memories are as fresh if it was yesterday, even though 35 years have passed since India stopped the West Indies juggernaut in World Cup tournaments to create history.
On this day in June 1983, an inspired Indian cricket team led by Kapil Dev did the unthinkable: they defeated the star-studded West Indies cricket team in the World Cup final at Lord’s to become only the second team to win the global competition.
In the final at the ‘home of cricket’, Indian cricket team defeated West Indies by 43 runs to win the World Cup and send an entire nation into frenzy.
With four wins in the group stage out of six games, India had cruised past England’s target of 214 in the semi-final on June 22 at Old Trafford, winning the contest comfortably by six wickets.
However, they needed more than a special effort against the likes of Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and a few others, after India were bowled out for a mere 183.
The Indian bowling attack comprising Madan Lal (3/31), Mohinder Amarnath (3/12), Balwinder Sandhu (2/32) and others in Kapil Dev (1/21) and Roger Binny (1/23) kept striking at regular intervals to not let West Indies batsmen open up, eventually dismissing them for 140 in 52 overs.
Amarnath, who scored an important 26 and claimed three wickets to break West Indies’ innings at the back, was adjudged the Man of the Match for his efforts.
On Monday, current and former cricketers such as Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, RP Singh were among those who remembered the iconic victory.
#1983WorldCup a golden historic moment for all of us. Today its been 35 years to India’s maiden World Cup victory which gave millions of Indians goosebumps & tears of happiness!— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) June 25, 2018
History to be repeated soon again 🙌🇮🇳
It was the day back in 1983 when a dream came true and history was created. It wasn’t easy to beat the two-time defending champions. Hats off to @therealkapildev & his wonderful team for giving us a joy of lifetime. #onthisday pic.twitter.com/IViWtNZ9dJ— R P Singh (@rpsingh) June 25, 2018
This photo will forever remain in the memory of every Indian cricket fan and so will this victory, a victory which changed the face of Indian cricket. 35 years have passed and hope our Indian team repeats this a year from now at the same venue. pic.twitter.com/jtyITDSi58— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 25, 2018
35 years ago, on this day India won the ODI World Cup for the first time , beating the West Indies in the finals. This victory inspired a generation to follow and take up the game. 86 years ago, on the same day, India played it's first ever test. pic.twitter.com/WDRnmSfyXa— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 25, 2018