India scripts history with cricket win at Lords

Published on March 18, 2015 11:15:04 AM
India’s legendary World Cup cricket win in 1983 was a glorious moment in the annals of Indian cricket. Kapil’s devils, as the Indian team were popularly called, created history by bringing the ICC World Cup for the first time to India.

That summer of 1983 changed the face of Indian cricket, as the World Cup success transformed India into a force to be reckoned with in international cricket.

On that fateful day, the Indian team were facing the defending champions, West Indies team, full of iconic figures of that time. For the enthusiastic Indian cricket fans, who gathered at Lords ground that day, it was an unforgettable moment in their lives as India created history by defeating the West Indies.

On the cards, Viv Richards’ team looked formidable; West Indies had a great batting line up with Viv and Lloyd. Ace bowlers like Marshal and Holding spelled terror for batsmen. The odds were against India, 1-66, by London’s bookies. But India’s advantage was that it had a young team, mostly in their 20’s, led by Kapil Dev.

India cashed in on the skills of all- rounders, with medium pacers ruling the roost. Medium pacer, Mohinder Amarnath, with his amazing bowling performance knocked off three wickets and bagged the player of match award. Indian bowlers bowled out the mighty the West Indies to just 140 in 52 overs, who were chasing India’s mere 183.

The triumphant Indian team lifting the trophy from Lords' balcony and presenting it to the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi took the nation by storm.

The live broadcast of the match was seen by millions.

The cricket win helped to boost the morale of India’s young cricketers.
The win helped to inspire and produce future world class cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar.
Indian cricket never had to look back again and the rest is history.