1983 WORLD CUP A NEW BEGINNING or a miracle?
On 25 June 1983, a historical moment took place in the world of cricket, when former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev lifts the Prudential World Cup on the balcony at Lord’s in London. This was the beginning of a new era in the history of Indian cricket. Lord’s was where India’s greatest cricket victory took place, as they beat two-time winners West Indies by 43 runs to lift the world cup trophy, confident and proud. It was the third edition of the cricket world cup tournament which was held from 9 June to 25 June. A total of 8 teams from all over the world took part in this tournament to represent their country. West Indies lost its crown and then never got it back! It was an emotional moment in world cricket which saw the emergence of India in the game which was otherwise ruled by the then famous England, Australia and of course the West Indies.
The matches have a total of 60 overs per innings. They were played in white cloths along with the red balls, a total of 27 matches were played during the tournament. The format of the 1983 World Cup was very different as it had 2 groups of 4 teams and each of the team had to play twice and the top 2 teams from each group with highest points are then qualified for the semifinals whereas the winners of semifinals were further advanced to the finals.
Rogers Binny was the highest wicket-taker during the 1983 world cup as he took 18 wickets in the whole tournament which is still a record of most wickets in a world cup tournament by a bowler! And Kapil Dev played a remarkable inning of 175 against Zimbabwe, an inning which is still remembered by cricket fans around the world!
BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA
It can be said that Indian cricket wasn’t in a good shape before 1983 world cup. The Indian team had only won a single match against East Africa in 1975 in the previous two World Cups that were held in 1975 and 1979. In 1979, they lost all three group matches including a match against Sri Lanka, who wasn’t even a test playing nation by that time and India was playing Test matches since 1932!
The Indian team had such a disastrous world cup record before 1983. The 1983 world cup changed the complete scenario, the Indian team won 4 out of 6 matches in a group and managed to be qualified for the semifinals. After beating England on their home ground India reached finals, and the tremendous catch by Kapil Dev of Viv Richards throw finalized the victory for team India over the two times champion West indies. Instead of having such a bad record in the world cup before, India fought and managed to lift the 1983 world cup remarkably and this considerably marks a new beginning for the Indian cricketing worldwide.
CRICKET IN INDIA BEFORE 1983 WORLD CUP
Before 1983 world cup, although cricket was quite popular amongst Indian but hockey stood first in terms of popularity. Hockey was the most popular Game in India from late 1928s to 1960 – 70. Indian was unbeaten in the Olympic Games from 1928 – 56. And doing well till the early ’80s. Major Dhyan Chand was the most world-famous Player and master of the game. He was as similar to Don Bradman of cricket, Pele of Football and for hockey Dhyan Chand- who scored more than 400 international goals. Because of him, and his achievements Indian hockey became national Game and most popular till the late 70s. But the legendary 1983 world Cup Final Win caught all the fans attention towards Indian cricket. Because the Indian team has won against the Unbeatable West Indies! Which in itself was outstanding achievement.
India still remembers the historic 1983 world cup and the India captain Kapil Dev who re-wrote the history and without whom the trophy might not had been lifted up! Team India further at the Wankhede in Mumbai do went on to win another World Cup after almost 28 years in 2011 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, the India’s love with cricket began with 1983 world cup and it still remained continued.