Kapil Sena hoisted the tricolor at Lord’s 39 years ago, cricket became a religion in India


New Delhi. June 25, 1983…a date which is recorded in golden letters in the history of Indian cricket. This is the day after which Indian cricket changed completely. In the 1980s, when the Indian hockey team was losing its sheen after the advent of astroturf, the Indian cricket team, led by 24-year-old young captain Kapil Dev, was creating new history. When the Indian team reached England to play the World Cup, no one expected that it would return with the title of the World Cup. The West Indies team was the champion of the first two World Cups. India defeated the star-studded Caribbean team by 43 runs in the low-scoring final match. This was the biggest reversal of that time. Team India won an ICC tournament title for the first time.

Yashpal Sharma-Ravi Shastri helped India beat West Indies in the first match
The Indian team performed astonishingly against the expectations during the tournament. Team India beat the legendary teams like Australia, England and West Indies one after the other. Interestingly, the Indian team started its World Cup campaign by defeating the defending champions West Indies. Yashpal Sharma scored 89 runs in the first match against West Indies and the Indian team managed to score 262 runs. At that time the matches were of 60 overs. In reply, West Indies team could score only 228 runs. Ravi Shastri took 3 wickets giving just 26 runs while bowling brilliantly.

Defeated Zimbabwe twice in World Cup campaign
Just as Team India had created a sensation by defeating West Indies in the first match, in the same way Zimbabwe defeated a mighty like Australia in their first match. India bowled first against Zimbabwe in a rain-affected match and bundled them out for 155 runs. India won this match by five wickets. However, after defeating West Indies and Zimbabwe, India were defeated by Australia by 162 runs in the next match.

West Indies did not spare Team India for the second time
The Indian team was in Group B of the world. The team once again faced West Indies. In this match, explosive batsman Vivian Richards scored a century and the Caribbean team managed to score 282 runs. In reply, the Indian team was reduced to 216 runs.

After defeating Zimbabwe and Australia, the team made it to the semi-finals
At one point in the second match of the league stage against Zimbabwe, India were struggling for just 17 runs at the loss of 5 wickets. In such a situation, captain Kapil Dev played an innings of 175 not out with the help of six sixes and 16 fours and brought the team’s score to 266. India won this match by 31 runs. India then defeated Australia by 118 runs to make it to the semi-finals. Before the semi-final, India played six matches in which it won four times.

England’s pride broke in the semi-finals
From the semi-finals it was discussed in full swing that the England team would easily beat India. England had played the final four years ago in 1979 against the West Indies. This time also people expected that the final would be played between England and West Indies only. At that time, India had played five matches against English on the soil of England and had to face defeat every time. But due to the all-rounder performance of Mohinder Amarnath, India defeated England by six wickets.

Kapil was reduced to 183 and showed charisma
The Indian team was reduced to just 183 runs in the final. In the West Indies team, there were legendary batsmen like Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Vivian Richards, Clive Lloyd and Laurie Gomes. The Caribbean team had at one time made 57 for the loss of two wickets and Richards was playing 33 runs in 27 balls. At that time it seemed that India was going to lose the final. But Kapil’s charisma turned the tide of the match. Richards tried to hit a six on the leg side off Madanlal’s ball, but Kapil Dev took a historic catch while running backwards. It was more like catching the World Cup than catching Richards. The collapse of West Indies’ innings which started from here did not stop and the entire team was bundled out for 140 runs.

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