A first is always special. It has been 37 years 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 and they further managed to bundle out India for score 183 runs in 54.4 overs. 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.
It was a batting failure for India as the dressing room was stunned and no one spoke anything during the post innings break. Former India all-rounder Roger Binny recalled how Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar lifted the morale of the dressing room. Binny said that while the dressing room was sitting in stun silence Dev’s voice came as he said that forget it let’s bowl them out.
“It was one of the most disappointing mornings for us, we were looking to post 220+. 240 was a winning score but when we got out for 183, we couldn’t believe it. We had to wait for 40 minutes for the overs we didn’t play, sitting in the dressing room and brooding. Nobody was talking,” Binny told Sportskeeda.
“Suddenly, Kapil Dev’s voice came on and he said, ‘Forget it, let’s go and bowl them out’. His words and Sunil’s words raised the tempo in the dressing room. A small score makes you fight harder. If we had scored 270, maybe they would’ve crushed us,” he further added.
As a result the chase for the World Cup 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.