The Joy of '83

Indian world cup victory story of 1983 is a great tale of inspiration and revolution. The Prudential Cup (World Cup) was hosted by England. Under the captaincy of the all-rounder Kapil Dev, team India was definitely not the favorites. Winning the previous two World Cup's West Indies were a furious team built up by both batting as well as bowling legends at their career peak.


India was not seen as a real contender in the tournament until they beat the home team (England) surprisingly batting second in the Semi-Finals. Making their way into the finals, team India were to be faced with the mighty West Indies at the holy ground of Lord's. Before going into the match, the only sense of confidence for the Indians was that earlier at the tour of West Indies, team India had secured a single win in a Three match series. As the players themselves recall, that gave them a sense of reassurance that West Indies were not unbeatable.



Losing the Toss & batting first at a Green pitch meant that the Indian batsmen would have to face the deadly bowling attack of WI with the conditions favoring the bowlers. However, as expected Kris Srikanth started off explosively and made a valuable partnership with Mohinder Amarnath of 57. But as he departed making 38, history would see him as the highest scorer for India that day. India finished off with a mere 183.


Kapil Dev, the captain of India describes that the dressing room was very demoralized and down after the first innings. So he decided to motivate the players, he assured them that the total was not good. But still, the WI Batsmen had to come out there and score them, so they promised that not a single run would come off easily. Also as the game progressed, India noticed that WI was eager to finish the game early with a hard-hitting strategy.


India felt that was their chance right there! If they made sure WI played the same way, soon India would be presented with opportunities. One such golden chance was the wicket of Viv Richards. The iconic catch running backward sealed the fate of WI. Soon wickets started to tumble and India bowled out the mighty WI well within the target.


For more than two decades, India cherished this win. Kapil Dev and his men started a revolution for the transformation of cricket in India. Inspiring many current Indian cricketers, that Joy of '83 gave the nation a reason to rejoice and cherish.



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