On this day in 1983, Kapil Dev-led India won their first-ever ICC World Cup after beating West Indies in the final. Before the 1983 World Cup, West Indies emerged winners in both the previous editions in 1975 and 1983. However, team India denied the Windies to win their third consecutive title in 1983.
India performed well in the group stages. With four wins in six games, they secured their place in the top four of the perennial tournament. India faced off England in the semi-final at Old Trafford before clashing against West Indies in the summit clash.
Speaking of the final, India batted first and were bowled out for just 183 runs in 54.5 overs. S Srikkanth top-scored for them with 38 runs. It wasn’t a big total for sure given the talent West Indies possessed in their batting lineup. However, as it turned out, India bowled West Indies out for just 140 runs, winning the game by 43 runs. Mohinder Amarnath and Madan Lal led the way with the ball, picking three wickets apiece.
England’s David Gower emerged as the leading run-scorer in the tournament. He scored 384 runs, while Roger Binny finished as the leading run-getter in the tournament. He picked 18 wickets in 8 games at an average of 18.67. Madan Lal was second in the list with 17 wickets in as many games. Skipper Kapil Dev picked 12 wickets in eight matches and also scored 303 runs with the bat.
The Indian cricket fans and the cricket fraternity hail the World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev for his contribution in shaping the team. He played a pivotal role in helping the team bring home their first-ever World Cup trophy, and enter the record books.
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