Viv Richards is a gigantic figure of the game. He was a fearless. It was hard to intimidate him. He would terrorize the batsmen, bowlers and on-lookers alike. When he stepped in to bat the hair on the arms of the opposition players rose watching his approach. He was the man to get for India in the 1983 World Cup final.
At the 1983 World Cup final, 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.
Syed Kirmani: We discussed about getting Vivian Richards out early
Syed Kirmani, a member of the 1983 World Cup winning squad said, the Indian side did not have much to discuss in the dressing room before the final. However, they spoke about how to get the dominating Vivian Richards out early as he was a match-winner.
“Ahead of the final, in the team meeting, as usual, there was not much said. We discussed about getting Vivian Richards out early. He was a match winner,” Syed Kirmani told newsable.asianetnews.com.
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.