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.
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
#ThisDayThatYear On 25th June in 1983, we believed and we became – World Champions and changed the face of #Cricket in #India once and for all. @therealkapildev @ICC @cricketworldcup ??? pic.twitter.com/Ixh9Lkauqm
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) June 25, 2020
37 years today since the historic day at Lords when Kapil Paaji lifted the 1983 World Cup. As a 9 year old, it inspired me to dream big and enhanced my love for the game. Incredible day which inspired a whole generation. Thank you Team 83. pic.twitter.com/mjCKBmHpGk
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 25, 2020
A moment of national pride, our seniors lifted the 1983 Cricket World Cup on this day ?? ? Congratulations to every member of the 1983 team ???? You set the benchmark for us to achieve the same in 2011! Looking forward to India becoming a world champion in all sports ????
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 25, 2020
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 25, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 25, 2020
Kapil Dev and his side stunned defending champions West Indies, beating them by 43 runs in a memorable final at Lord's ? pic.twitter.com/DVchvVLH5P
— ICC (@ICC) June 25, 2020