On this day, 35 years ago, India lifted their first World Cup title in cricket history ever by defeating two times champions West Indies. It was the 1983 World Cup team, whose captain was Kapil Dev. In those days, taking part in the World Cup used to be informal for India. There was a man in the Indian World Cup squad, whose success was going to become a story. Mohinder Jimmy Amarnath, a versatile establish batsmen who performed exceptionally in batting and bowling. His all-around performance became a major contributor to India’s historic victory.
The Indian team had won only one match in the 1983 World Cup. In such a situation, there was no hope for that team. There was no star in that team. Neither the specialist batsman nor the bowler for the limited overs matches in that team. Still, there was something because the team was going to write a history within 15 days. A little fate, a little passion, selfless commitment, a lot of hard work and increasing self-confidence helped team India to win their debut World Cup title.
After defeating the two time champions West Indies and Australia and Zimbabwe in a line in the league matches, Kapil dev’s team was in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time. However, Nobody was sure about these wins. Mohinder Amarnath took extremely prized wickets of David Gower and Mike Ganting for 27 runs in the semifinal against England and played an important role in the 46-run innings to seal India’s place in the finals. All-rounder Amarnath was awarded by the man of the match.
Final Day vs West Indies
The 2-time champion West Indies team was in the final and India was going to face them. West Indies captain Clive Lloyd challenged India to bat first by winning the toss. Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall’s Pace Battery did their job perfectly and restricted India at only 183 runs. Amarnath scored 26 runs and stayed on the crease for the longest time (80 balls). Run-scoring was not easy in front of dangerous Caribbean bowlers.
But on that day, the 183 runs in front of the powerful West Indies proved to be a mountain on the historic grounds of Lord’s. Indian team got the second wicket at the score of 50, but soon the score went to 6 to 76. After that Jeff Dujan and Malcolm Marshall added 43 runs to grow India’s problems. However, Mohinder Amarnath ended the dangerous partnership by dismissing both of them and stand them with a Score of 124/ 8. After taking the wicket of Michael Holding, Mohinder Amarnath made India the world champion first time in World Cup history ever. He was awarded by both- Man of the match and Man of the Series in 1983 World Cup.