On June 25, 1983, India defeated West Indies by 43 runs at Lord’s Cricket Ground and won their first-ever World Cup title. Kapil Dev, the then captain of the Indian team recalled the historical event and posted a picture of him holding the trophy. Many other cricketers recall 1983 World Cup win and posted about the event.
Kapil Dev wrote, “37 years to a day that will never be forgotten.”
Former cricketers thanked the 1983 Indian Team
Other Indian cricketers recall the 1983 World Cup and posted on social media. India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also took to social media to thank the 1983 India team and Kapil Dev for inspiring the generations. He posted a picture of Kapil Dev and captioned, “37 years back..Thank you @therealkapildev and the whole team for inspiring us #WorldCup1983.”
Mohammad Kaif, the former India batsman praised the iconic captain Kapil Dev and shared his image congratulating the team on their 37th anniversary of maiden World Cup title win.
“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,” Mohammad Kaif tweeted.
The former all-rounder and current head coach of the Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri recalled the incident and took to Twitter to express his feelings. He wrote, “#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.”
“One of the most important events in the History of Indian Cricket This win inspired India’s future generations to dream big! 37 years to this glory of #WorldCup1983 @therealkapildev,” Suresh Raina captioned a few pictures from the tournament on Twitter.
The World Cup Final
In the final match against West Indies, India lost the toss and were asked to bat by the then captain, Clive Lloyd. India was bowled out for 183 runs while Krishnamachari Srikkanth scored 38, the highest.
West Indies chased the target of 184. Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath took three wickets apiece. West Indies were out for 140 and lost the tournament by 43 runs.
“With the batting line-up that West Indian had and looking at 183, we thought we had no scope at all,” said Srikkanth in a recent interview. “But Kapil Dev said one thing and he didn’t say we can win but he said – look guys we have got out for 183 and we should give resistance and not give away the match so easily,” he added.
The captain’s words influenced the players drastically and with a combined effort, India lifted their first World Cup 37 years ago.