India Journey to 1983 World Cup

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There are some instances in sporting history that has been itched in our long lasting memory. 25th June 1983 was one of such day as Indian skipper  Kapil Dev lifted the prestigious Prudential Cup 83 on the Lord’s balcony. It was held from 9 June  to 25 June in  England &  Wales . India started their campaign as underdogs in the tournament. 

There were total Eight countries which participated in this mega event which became last 60 Over world cup. Teams played in traditional whites and red balls.


India Journey to 1983 World Cup:

June 9-10: India vs West Indies, Manchester

India began their journey against  defending champions West Indies in Manchester. West Indies skipper Clive Lloyd won the toss and  invited India to bat first.

Yashpal Sharma scored 89 off 120 balls to take India to a total of 262/8 in 60 overs. He was amply supported by Sandip Patil 36.

West Indies failed to chase as they were bowled out for 228 in 54 overs. Joel Garner and Andy Roberts were the highest scorers with 37 runs each. Roger Binny and Ravi Shastri took three wickets each as India completed 34 run win.

Yashpal Sharma was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ award.

June 11: India vs Zimbabwe, Leicester

India won the toss and opted to bowl first on a green wicket.

Zimbabwe batsmen struggled and they were restricted to only 155 run. Madan Lal took 3 wickets 

Chasing a below-par score, Sandeep Patil scored 54  ball 50 and supported by Mohinder Amarnath with  44 .India chased the target down in just 37 overs.

Madan Lal was awarded  ‘Man of the Match’.

June 13: India vs Australia, Nottingham

Australian skipper Kim Hughes won the toss and decided to bat first.

Australia got off to a brisk start. Trevor Chappell scored a hundred and  Kim Hughes and Graham Yallop scored half-centuries  and Australia scored total 321. Kapil Dev finished with figures of 5/43.

Despite Shrikant 39 initially , India were reduced to 66/6 and then Skipper Kapil Dev tried to counter-attack with his 27-ball 40 but couldn’t make much impact as India were bowled out for 158.

Trevor Chappell was awarded  the ‘Man of the Match’.

June 15: India vs West Indies, Oval

Clive Llyod, the West Indies skipper won the toss and opted to bat first.

Sir Richards scored 119 and Lloyd’s 41 and Gomes’ 27-run cameo ensured Windies reach a total of 282.

India’s start to the chase was dented by two early wickets and was even more compounded by an injury to Dilip Vengsarkar.

Mohinder Amarnath fought hard with his 80 but with no other batsman showing any resilience, India could not get across the line. India were bowled out for 216 as the West Indies clinched a comfortable 66-run win.

June 18: India vs Zimbabwe, Tunbridge Wells

Kapil Dev won the toss and opted to bat first.

India were struggling at  9/4 as when Kapil Dev walked in to bat.India were soon reduced to 17/5 and then to 77/7

Kapil Dev started an onslaught as  Zimbabwe bowlers were thrashed all over the ground. He went on to score the highest individual scores in ODIs back then and remained unbeaten on 175 off just 138 deliveries as India posted a total of 266/8 in 60 overs.

The Zimbabwean openers gave their team a good start but wickets kept falling and Zimbabwe were all-out for 235. Madan Lal picked three wickets for India as .

Kapil Dev was handed the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his game-changing innings.

June 20: India vs Australia, Chelmsford

India was an inch closer to the semi-finals. Kapil Dev won the toss and opted to bat first.

Yashpal Sharma top-scored with 40 and India reached a respectable total of 247.

Allan Border was the top scorer with his 36 as Australia were skittled out for just 129 runs. Roger Binny and Madan Lal scalped four wickets each as they cleared India’s way to the World Cup Semi-finals.

Roger Binny was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’.

June 22, Semi Final 1: India vs England, Manchester

English skipper Bob Willis won the toss and opted to bat first.

Graeme Fowler and chris Tavarea bulit 64 run opening partnership. The middle order batsmen could not capitalize and bowled out for 213. Kapil Dev took 3 wickets.

Chasing a par total, Yashpal Sharma yet again remained the top scorer with his 61 and Sandeep Patil 51 took India through.

Mohinder Amarnath was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ award for figures of 2/27 from 12 overs.

June 25, Final: India vs West Indies, Lord’s

India had the poorest of starts as they lost Sunil Gavaskar very early then Kris Shrikkanth and Mohinder Amarnath stitched 57-run partnership. Sandeep Patil also played a cameo of 27. Despite all these efforts India failed to put up good score on the board and bundled out for 183. 

While chasing, West Indies lost Greenidge early. Sir Vivian Richards tried to counter attack but Kapil Dev took the catch of the century running backwards from mid-wicket to get the wicket of Sir Richards that turned the match in India’s favor. West Indies were bowled out for a mere 140 as Richards top-scored with his 33. Madan lal and Mohinder Amarnath took 3 wickets each.

Mohinder Amarnath was recognised as the match winning performance

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