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.

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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 25, 2022, 07:13 IST

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