1983 World Cup 39 years ago on this day the story of India ruling the world cricket began Kapil Dev Sunil Gavaskar

Players including many captains played an important role in taking Indian cricket to the heights. During this golden journey, Team India also saw many ups and downs, the allegations of match-fixing against the players at one point embarrassed cricket, and the young team also did the work of hoisting the tricolor on foreign soil. But it is very important to know when this journey started. 39 years ago, on this day, when Team India won the first World Cup title under the leadership of Kapil Dev, then the story of India’s rule of world cricket started. India created history by defeating two-time champions West Indies in the final.

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When Team India arrived in England to play the 1983 World Cup, leave the fans, many players did not even expect to win. Now the film has also come on this historic World Cup, in which it is clearly seen that the board also did not trust its players. Believe me, how Team India had won only one match in the two World Cups played before this. At the same time, just before the start of the World Cup, the team was also going through a period of change, the responsibility of captaincy was handed over to Kapil Dev instead of Sunil Gavaskar. During the World Cup, Kapil Dev was the only player who dreamed of winning the title.

India made a strong start in the World Cup

India started the 1983 World Cup in a thumping fashion by defeating two-time champions West Indies by 34 runs. Yashpal Sharma was the hero of Team India in this match, who contributed significantly to the team’s victory by playing an innings of 89 runs. After this, Team India surprised everyone by taking 5 wickets in the second match of Zimbabwe. Everyone was surprised to see this team, which reached the World Cup as an underdog, performing such a forceful performance.

Over confidence sinks to India

After the victory of the first two matches, there was over-confidence in the Indian players, which drowned the loot of Team India. Australia defeated India by 162 runs in the third match, while the Windies avenged their defeat by winning the fourth match by 66 runs. Now Team India had to win the next two matches to make it to the knockout stage. In which captain Kapil Dev led from the front.

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Historic innings came off Kapil Dev’s bat

India had a disappointing start in the next match against Zimbabwe. Team India lost four wickets for just 9 runs. After this, captain Kapil Dev, who came to bat, turned the match with a historic innings of 175 runs. At that time it was the most runs scored by a batsman in an innings. India won the match by 31 runs, after which Team India defeated Australia by 118 runs to enter the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals, England defeated the West Indies in the final.

In the semi-final, Team India faced England, where on the basis of all-round performance, Team India won by 6 wickets and entered the final. Now India was just one step away from the title, but in front of Team India was a tough challenge from the Windies. West Indies did not lose a single match in the 1975 and 1979 World Cups and in 1983 too, no team except India had beaten them. Batting first, in the final match played on June 25, the Indian team was bundled out for 183 runs. The bowlers had already accepted defeat in front of the West Indies’ strong batting, but Kapil Dev showed the way to victory by awakening the enthusiasm in the players and then it happened which no one had imagined. India defeated Windies for 140 runs in the final to win the title. This moment of 1983 still makes cricket lovers goosebumps.


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