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June 25, 1983: when Indian cricket conquered the world


Cricketnext Staff
Jun 25, 2013 at 08:27pm IST

June 25 and Lord's hold a special place in the history of Indian cricket. It was on June 25 in 1932 that India played their first ever Test match and it was June 25 once again 51 years later that India knocked West Indies off their perch to claim the World Cup - then called the Prudential World Cup. Today is that momentous day.

India had won just a solitary World Cup game until embarking on that memorable journey in the English summer of 1983. Considered as easy pushovers and punching bag by some, 24-year-old Kapil Dev led his Devils to the game's most coveted crown , and Indian cricket hasn't looked back since.

But the rank underdogs proved everyone wrong as they beat defending champions West Indies by 40 runs in the final. Not many one-day internationals are remembered frame-by-frame but it is certain that for the lucky few who watched it live and for the rest who have grown up seeing archival footage on television, each of India's games at the 1983 World Cup are kept in a special memory cell.

Here's a brief recollection of those brilliant two weeks that set in motion the new order in world cricket.

June 9, 1983: India v West Indies

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

India: 262 for 8 (60 overs) - Yashpal Sharma 89; Michael Holding 2 for 32

West Indies: 228 (54.1 overs) - Andy Roberts 37 not out, Ravi Shastri 3 for 26

Result: India won by 34 runs

June 11, 1983: India v Zimbabwe

Venue: Grace Road, Leicester

Zimbabwe: 155 (51.4 overs) - Iain Butchart 22 not out; Madan Lal 3 for 27

India: 157 for 5 (37.3 overs) - Sandeep Patil 50; Peter Rawson 2 for 11

Result: India won by five wickets

June 13, 1983: India v Australia

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Australia: 320/9 (60 overs) - Trevor Chappell 110; Kapil Dev 5 for 43

India: 158 (37.5 overs) - Kapil Dev 40; Ken MacLeay 6 for 39

Result: Australia won by 162 runs

June 15, 1983: India v West Indies

Venue: The Oval, London

West Indies: 282 for 9 (60 overs) - Viv Richards 119; Roger Binny 3 for 71

India: 216 (53.1 overs) - Mohinder Amarnath 80; Michael Holding 3 for 40

Result: West Indies won by 66 runs

June 18, 1983: India v Zimbabwe

Venue: Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells

India: 266 for 8 (60 overs) - Kapil Dev 175 not out; Peter Rawson 3 for 47

Zimbabwe: 235 (57 overs) - Kevin Curran 73; Madan Lal 3 for 42

Result: India won by 31 runs

June 20, 1983: India v Australia

Venue: County Ground, Chelmsford

India: 247 (55.5 overs) - Yashpal Sharma 40; Rodney Hogg 3 for 40

Australia: 129 (38.2 overs) - Allan Border 26; Madan Lal 4 for 20

Result: India won by 118 runs

SEMI-FINALS

June 22, 1983: India v England

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

England: 213 (60 overs) - G Flower 33; Kapil Dev 3 for 35

India: 217 for 4 (54.4 overs) - Yashpal Sharma 61; Paul Allott 1 for 40

Result: India won by six wickets

FINAL

June 25, 1983: India v West Indies

Venue: Lord's cricket ground, London

India: 183 (54.4 overs) - Krish Srikkanth 38; Andy Roberts 3 for 32

West Indies: 140 (52 overs) - Viv Richards 33; Madan Lal 3 for 31

Result: India won by 43 runs

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