1983 World Cup: Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri Recall How Face Of Indian Cricket Changed
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1983 World Cup: Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri Recall How Face Of Indian Cricket Changed

Virender Sehwag Reminisces India's 1983 World Cup Victory. Credit: Twitter

A first is always special. It has been 37 years today since India lifted their first World Cup but the memories of the showpiece event are still fresh in the mind of cricket lovers. The 1983 World Cup triumph was special for India, not only as a first, but also because it changed the face of cricket in the country.

West Indies were the side to beat in the 1983 World Cup. Opting to field, the world beaters had a morale victory at the toss. India managed to score 183 runs as they were bundled out in 54.4 overs with Sir Andy Roberts picking up a three-wicket haul while Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding returned two wickets each. Kris Srikkanth top scored for India with 38 runs while Sandeep Patil (27) and Mohinder Amarnath (26) playing some important cameos.

1983 World Cup: Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri Recall How Face Of Indian Cricket Changed
Kapil Dev and Mohinder Amarnath with the WC Trophy [Photo-Getty]
The chase for the World Cup, however, looked like a daunting task for the Clive Lloyd-led side. West Indies lost their openers early with Vivian Richards holding the fort for the side with a 33-run knock. However, Madan Lal, Roger Binny and Mohinder Amarnath ran through the West Indies top to lower order, to help India record history.

India lifted their maiden World Cup after beating the West Indies by 43 runs. Kapil Dev, the most impact player of the quadrennial, became the first Indian captain to lead the national team to a World Cup triumph.

1983 World Cup triumph: Here is how cricket fraternity recalled the landmark day

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