When Kapil's Devils stunned the world

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev led India to a remarkable triumph in the 1983 World Cup. Getty Images
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London: It was on June 25, 1983, that Team India, under the leadership of Kapil Dev, defied all odds and won their first-ever World Cup trophy.

India had entered the Prudential World Cup with zero expectations and nobody really considered them as a title contender, considering the inexperience the team had of playing One-Day International (ODI) cricket.

Before the tournament, the Indian team had just played 40 ODIs and had infact won only one match in the previous two editions of the prestigious event.

However, with nothing to lose, Kapil and his troops decided to give it their all. They started off their campaign in an emphatic manner, defeating two-time champions West Indies by 34 runs on June 9 at the Old Trafford, which later on became a lucky venue for the Indian team.

Gaining confidence from that win, they went on to defeat Zimbabwe in their next game on June 11.

Remarakable feat
India's triumph in the 1983 World Cup sparked a cricket revolution in the country.

But their campaign suffered a jolt as they faced crushing defeats against Australia (June 13) and West Indies (June 15) in their next two games.

It seemed India would be out of the competition. However, the Indian team came back strongly and registered comfortable wins over Zimbabwe (June 18) and Australia (June 20) to make it to the semifinals.

On June 22, the team surprised many as they defeated England by six wickets to make it to their maiden World Cup final.

And on June 25, the underdogs whom the world had not even considered to be in the title race, surprised everyone at the Home of Cricket -- Lord's. They were bowled out for mere 183 and with West Indies having the likes of Vivian Richards and Clive Llyod, all thought it would be a cake walk for the Caribbeans.

Joy unbound
An ecstatic fan jumps on to Kapil Dev after the Indian captain pulled off a stunning catch to cut short Viv Richards' innings in the final. Getty Images

However, with a ‘nothing-to-lose' attitude and the self-belief that they carried after a spirited campaign throughout the tournament, the Indians came up with a brilliant bowling performance as they bamboozled the famed Windies batting line-up, bundling them out for 140 and winning the game by 43 runs.

Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath were the pick of the Indian bowlers as they picked three wickets each while Balwinder Sandhu scalped two. Kapil and Roger Binny also chipped in with a wicket each and contributed to one of India's most famous wins in cricketing history.

The image of Kapil lifting the World Cup trophy from the iconic Lord's balcony is still etched in the memories of cricket fans. It was a moment which told the cricketing world about the arrival of India on the big stage.

"It was the turning point for Indian cricket and for Indians. At a time when cricket was dominated by West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, and others, a total underdog became the world champions," Krisnamachari Srikkanth, whose 38 was the top-score in the final, recently said on Star Sports.

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