India won the 1983 WC. (Source: Twitter)

India created history in 1983 after they won the World Cup for the first time ever beating West Indies in the final at Lord’s. The Indian team that was led by Kapil Dev denied West Indies a hattrick of winning the World Cup as they had already won it twice in 1975 and 1979.

Talking about the fina, former India all-rounder and being a part of that squad, Roger Binny opened up about how Kapil and Sunil Gavaskar motivated the side after they were not able to post a big score.

“It was one of the most disappointing mornings for us, we were looking to post 220+. 240 was a winning score but when we got out for 183, we couldn’t believe it. We had to wait for 40 minutes for the overs we didn’t play, sitting in the dressing room and brooding. Nobody was talking,” Binny said while talking to Sportskeeda.

“Suddenly, Kapil Dev’s voice came on and he said, ‘Forget it, let’s go and bowl them out’. His words and Sunil’s words raised the tempo in the dressing room. A small score makes you fight harder. If we had scored 270, maybe they would’ve crushed us,” he further added.

India eventually defeated West Indies to win the title. 28 years later, the MS Dhoni-led team achieved the feat at home after beating Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede stadium.


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