June 25, 1983: When cricket became a religion in India 39 years ago…

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Some photos from the 1983 World Cup

The Indian team ruled the world cricket for the first time 39 years ago on this day i.e. June 25, 1983. On the same day, the India team won the ODI World Cup title for the first time. That same day, Kapil Dev’s team immortalized his name by writing gold letters on the pages of history. From that day on, the history of a sport that became a religion began in India. And today, because of that day, cricket has become not just a game but a religion and sentiment in India.

Today, the cricket world celebrates the 39th anniversary of India’s historic victory over the West Indies in 1983. The Indian team led by Kapil Dev made history on the historic Lord’s ground to become world champions for the first time . After the first few innings of that match, it seemed that the team was now defeated. But the brave Indians did not kneel despite the low score and immortalized their name by winning that game that was considered lost.

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How did Team India create the story?

In the final match, the Indian team faced the most dangerous team of that time and the champion team of the first two World Cups (1975 and 1979) against the West Indies. The Indian team was full of enthusiasm as the team had beaten the Windies once in the league round, but once the Caribbean team also beat India. In such a situation, expectation was a thorn. In the entire season, the Windies were not beaten by any team other than India. The final match began and after winning the toss, West Indies captain Clive Lloyd decided to play first.

Following this, Indian batsmen Sunil Gavaskar and Krishnamachari Srikkanth came out to bat in the field. Malcolm Marshall and Andy Roberts were burning fire with their balls. Meanwhile, Roberts fired Gavaskar (2) for the first hit to India by 2 runs. Mohinder Amarnath (26) then added 57 runs for second wicket with Srikanth (38). Srikanth was sacked with a total of 59 and Amarnath with 90. Seeing India’s score at 111 was 6 wickets. In the last one, thanks to Syed Kirmani (14), Madan Lal (17) and Balwinder Sandhu (11), India’s score reached 183.

The West Indies needed 184 runs to become world champions for the third time in a row. Indian fans fell silent. The West Indian camp was too confident that their victory was certain. But in the end something happened that West Indies missed out on that World Cup and to date failed to win the ODI World Cup after that. Indian bowlers did something amazing that probably no one expected. That Kapil Dev team became world famous in a few hours.

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Kapil’s team won the losing bet.

After a batting flop, bowlers often slump their shoulders when the score is low. But that Kapil Dev team did not give up. He didn’t care that the West Indies were the stronger team against him. However, that team demonstrated how to make a losing bet on his behalf. Chasing the target of 184 runs, the West Indies start faltered as well. Gordon Greenidge was out for 5 races. Vivian Richards seemed to be in good form after this and Desmond Haynes along with him seemed to want to finish the match early.

Madan Lal then turned the game around and brought happiness to the faces of the Indian fans by firing first Haynes and then Richards. Before long, half of the Caribbean team had returned to the pavilion for 66 races. The Indian bowlers dominated and led the Windies batsmen back to the pavilion one by one. Malcolm Marshall and Jeff Dujon remained in the crease after 6 for 76. The Indian players were angry again. This time it was Mohinder Amarnath who fired both Marshall and Dujon in 5 races. The Indian team and the fans began to smell the victory.

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Kapil Dev scored India’s ninth success by firing Andy Roberts. The West Indies were the last couple in the field and needed around 58 runs to win. Joel Garner and Michael Holding were in the crease. Looking at the scoreboard it reached 140 and there were only 44 runs left. Thus came Mohinder Amarnath, who fired Michael Holding lbw with a brilliant ball and immortalized the name of this Indian team in the pages of history. After this ground, India became the champion. Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath took 3 wickets each.

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It shows the impact and meaning of that historic victory that today, even after 39 years, we remember that victory. Even today that victory has a special meaning for the country and we are enjoying it. Recently, the movie starring Ranveer Singh 83 was also released on the big screen to mark the victory and contribution of all the heroes of that team. Kapil Dev’s 175-run inning was also seen in this film, which the world was unable to see due to the BBC strike at the time.

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