It was on this day when India wrote history back in 1983 after they clinched their first ever World Cup final tite at Lord’s. Playing against a formidable West Indies side, Kapil Dev’s India batted first and managed to score 183 in 54.4 overs (The ODIs then were played for 60 overs).
Kris Srikkanth top-scored with 38 while Sandeep Patil got 27 before getting out. Andy Roberts scalped a three-for while Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Larry Gomes picked a couple of wickets apiece.
West Indies were firm favourites to win the World Cup for the third time in a row. They had previously won the 1975 and 1979 editions as well.
But the Indian bowling line up had some different plans. They picked up wickets at regular intervals to reduced the West Indies 76/6 ad eventually bundled them out for 140 to win the match by 43 runs. Viv Richards scored 33 while no other batsman really stood strong at the crease.
#ThisDayThatYear On 25th June in 1983, we believed and we became – World Champions and changed the face of #Cricket in #India once and for all. @therealkapildev @ICC @cricketworldcup ???????????? pic.twitter.com/Ixh9Lkauqm— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) June 25, 2020
June 25, 1983: The iconic image of Kapil Dev holding the World Cup Trophy at Lord’s is a watershed moment in Indian cricket history. It changed cricket in India. This win inspired the next generation to achieve the impossible & dream BIG pic.twitter.com/hoyEobpuwL— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 25, 2020
For India, it was Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath who picked up three wickets. Balwinder Sandhu bagged two while captain Kapil Dev and Roger Binny picked up a wicket each.
India won their second World Cup title 28 years later in 2011 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.