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India did win the 1983 World Cup but what made it all the more special was that it was against ...

Wednesday, June 25, 2021



Against all odds!


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The hero of India’s 1983 World Cup triumph, Mohinder Amarnath recently revealed that skipper Kapil Dev had told his team to play fearlessly and told them ‘jo dar gaya, samjo mar gaya’,

Did you know? June 25 also marks India's entrance into the world of Test cricket when they met England at Lord's way back in 1932. In a low-scoring match, Douglas Jardine's 79 and 85 not out were decisive as India were whipped by 158 runs in three days. For India, Mohammad Nissar took 5 for 93 in the first innings. Ironically, it was the same day when India won the World Cup.

Persistent and playing with an everything-to-gain approach, Kapil Dev's India stunned the formidable West Indies by 43 runs to win their only World Cup title at Lord’s.

English bookmakers' 66-1 odds on an unlikely Indian win at Lord's, London, had started looking justified when the seemingly invincible West Indies bowled out India for 183.

But with nothing to lose, Indians bowled dream spells and fielded like men possessed to shut out the defending champions for 140 in 42 overs. Result: India were victors by 43 runs and with a whopping eight overs to spare.

Very reminiscent to the ICC World Twenty20 victory in South Africa last year, the Indians delivered the win that wasn’t based on individual brilliance but on team performance. The greatness of that Indian team was the amount of all-rounders in the side – Kapil Dev, Roger Binny, Madan Lal and of course, Mohinder ‘Jimmy’ Amarnath.

Mohinder Amarnath was named the Man of the Final. He did very well with the ball and captured important wickets with his wobbly seaming deliveries. He was the integral cause of India’s victory in the semi-final as well.

Similarly, Madan Lal, Roger Binny, Kirti Azad, Balwinder Sandhu and wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani produced small but useful contributions with the bat when needed.

Above all, it was the team's fielding, especially catching, that came as a great revelation from a side not particularly known for its athleticism.

The triumph started an unprecedented obsession for the game in India. The craze has only spread and intensified with the passage of time.


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