A few days to go before the Cricket World Cup tournament will commence in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This would be the tenth Cricket World Cup. In India, cricket is almost like a religion. People celebrate a win with sweets and firecrackers. And they react sharply if our team loses. Cricket evokes a great deal of emotions in India. Now that the top event of the game is round the corner, everyone is talking about cricket. As cricket is in the air, I will bring you a few famous photographs from the world of cricket.
This time around the Indian cricket team is one of the favorites to lift the World Cup trophy. However, it was not so in 1983 edition of the tournament. The Indian team went into the competition as underdogs. No one gave them a chance of even reaching the semifinals —let alone winning the competition. But then underdogs are the one who become the subjects of folklore. And that’s exactly what happened in 1983 Cricket World Cup.
Today’s photograph has been etched for eternity in the memory of all the Indian cricket fans. Kapil Dev Nikhanj, the Indian captain, in the balcony at the Lord’s cricket ground, lifting the Prudential Cup after beating West Indies in the finals is truly an iconic photograph in the history of cricket. The 1983 World Cup was full of dramatic cricket right from the start. Teams like India and Zimbabwe who were not playing well in those times scored upsetting victories over the West Indies and Australia respectively. England, Pakistan, India and tournament favorites West Indies qualified for the semifinals.
India were having a dream run during the competition. They played semifinal against England and won the match by 6 wickets. West Indies beat Pakistan in semis to fix the final clash with India. Well, it was quite like David and Goliath story. Everyone thought that the West Indians will cruelly bludgeon the Indian team to defeat. But it was not to be.
In the final, India lost the toss and were asked to bat first against a West Indies team that arguably boasted the world’s best bowling attack. Roberts, Marshall, Joel Garner and Michael Holding ripped through the Indian batsmen and bundled up the entire team for only 183 runs off 54.4 overs. For most viewers the final result was too easy to predict; but the Indian bowlers exploited the weather and pitch conditions perfectly to bowl out the best batting lineup of the era for 140 from 52 overs. The previously invincible West Indies had been vanquished and the underdogs India had emerged as the World Champion.
Did you know?
- In the semi-final against West Indies, the Pakistani batsmen could hit the boundary only twice! Mohsin Khan and Zahir Abbas hit the boundary once each.
- In their first group match, India beat West Indies by 34 runs. It was West Indies’ first ever defeat in the history of World Cup (1983 edition was the third Cricket World Cup).
- Against Zimbabwe, Kapil Dev made 175 runs off 138 balls, an innings that included 16 boundaries and 6 sixes. During this innings he made a 126 runs 9th partnership with Syed Kirmani. This partnership remained a record for more than 27 years (10,000 days)
- In 1983 World Cup India won six matches and lost two. India lost to Australia & West Indies.
So, this was the story of India winning 1983 Cricket World Cup. Kapil Dev holding the Prudential Cup is one of the most loved photograph among the Indian cricket fans. This photo appears in newspapers and magazines every now and then.
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