1983 India Cricket Team
World Cup 1983 was an incredible win for India. It was the first time any Asian team won the World Cup and was the third World Cup season. The two before were won by the West Indies which appeared once again in the third World Cup final but this time against India.
India made history by defeating the invincible Indies players and marking the title to their name. Have you seen the recently released “83” movie? It is based on this victory where Kapil Dev got a chance to prove his country and he with the 1983 World Cup Team of India made sure to leave no mark unturned.
The final was held in Lord’s Stadium, London which has a sitting capacity of 30,000. West Indies reached the final after defeating Pakistan by 8 wickets in the 2nd semi-final. And India defeated England by 6 wickets before they reached the final. The format of the World Cup was two groups, four teams each. And each team from the same group had to play the others twice. Then, the top two teams from each group will reach the semi-final where the final two teams will go for the last clash.
West Indies was most likely to win the World Cup that year as well because it was their third consecutive appearance in the finals. However, the 1983 Indian cricket team stole the show with their performance. They scored 183 against West Indies, not letting them chase the target and putting them off on 140 only. Here are the further details of the 1983 World Cup Final.
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1983 World Cup Final Match Details
This historic event was held in Lord’s Stadium, London. West Indies was playing against India and was the defending champion. Their victory was somehow obvious before the match. But, destiny had some other plans.
Kapil Dev was leading the Indian side and the 1983 World Cup was when he smacked his famous 175* against Zimbabwe. Dev led the Indian team with strong will and power which eventually became a reason for the Indian victory in the World Cup final.
West Indies, upon winning the toss let India bat first. Their plan was to blow the Indian team with their world’s best bowling attack. But, India somehow maintained themselves on the pitch with highs and lows, ending up with 183* runs at the loss of 10 wickets. Though it was a difficult day for India with their players making as low as 2 runs. Even the skipper himself made 15 only.
But, their slow yet consistent pace led India to 183. And eventually, India put West Indies off guard with their brilliant bowling, making Indies players end up at 140* only. This was a surprise to the world. And India carved their name on the list of World Cup winners.
India’s 1983 World Cup Squad
PR Man Singh – Team Manager of 1983 Cricket World Cup Indian Team
An integral part of the 83 World Cup victory, PR Man Singh was the only official to accompany the Indian squad to England. He was a bold and fearless character who was famously known as Maan Saab or Mr Cricket. Man was a player himself and was the manager of the Indian team during the 1983 World Cup.
Kapil Dev – Captain of 1983 World Cup Team
Kapil Dev is another important name marked in the book of history, responsible for the India win. He had the chance to lead the Indian team during the World Cup 1983 and he performed his job quite fearlessly. Dev made history by scoring 175* off 138 deliveries in one of the league matches of the World Cup. And no mention of the finale is complete without his reference.
Mohinder Amarnath – Vice-Captain of Indian Cricket Team 1983 World Cup
Mohinder Amarnath or more popularly known as “Jimmy” was the Vice-Captain of the team. He was awarded Man of the Match due to his brilliant all-rounder performance. And his partnership with Krishnamachari Srikkanth is the reason for India’s win.
Sandeep was part of India’s World Cup-winning squad in 1983. He was an all-rounder at that time. Later, Sandeep served as the coach of the India Team and ‘A’ team, before going to serve Kenya. Interestingly, Sandeep’s son Chirag Patil is playing his role in the ’83’ movie.
Syed Kirmani (Wicket-Keeper)
Syed Kirmani was an Indian wicket-keeper at the time of the 1983 World Cup. He won the best wicket-keeper award in the final for his catch of Faoud Bacchus.
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