June 25: When India won the World Cup

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June 25: When India won the World Cup

Bangalore, Jun 25: Indian did the unthinkable at Lord's on this day, June 25 in 1983. In a fight dubbed as David Vs Goliath, the mighty West Indies were stunned by India in the World Cup final at the Lord's.

[Scorecard: 1983 WC Final, Lord's]

June 25 is one of the most memorable dates in Indian cricket history. When everybody thought West Indies would brush the Kapil Dev-led side aside and march towards a hat-trick of World Cup titles, the bunch of 11 men conjured up magic on that Super Saturday to lift the trophy on world cricket's most famous balcony of Lord's.

The Prudential World Cup final, as it was known then, saw India and West Indies take the field. Unlike the present ODI format, then it was 60 overs per side.

West Indies captain Clive Lloyd won the toss and sent India into bat. His decision was justified by his bowlers as India were bundled out for 183 in 54.4 overs.

Sunil Gavaskar fell first, dismissed for just two runs by Andy Roberts. From then now, the intimidating fast bowling unit of Roberts, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding was just brilliant.

Roberts was the most impressive of the lot, grabbing three wickets for 32 runs in 10 overs with three maidens. Garner had one scalp while Marshall and Holding took two apiece.

For India, opener Kris Srikkanth was the topscorer with 38 runs.

After the first innings, nobody gave India a chance to defend this total. West Indies batting line-up was expected to bulldoze their way to the title. But it was not to be.

Signs for India brightened every early when one of the magic moments of all time came from Balwinder Sandhu. The sight of Gordon Greenidge shouldering arms and losing his offstump is forever etched in every Indian fans' memory. Sandhu's brilliant dismissal of Greenidge for just one run made India believe that they could do it.

The turning point of the final was Kapil Dev running backwards and taking a magnificent catch to dismiss the dangerous Viv Richards.

Richards had started to blaze his way and threatened to close the game in a hurry. But Kapil's running catch halted Richards' aggressive run at the crease.

Mohinder Amarnath was miserly in his seven-over spell and took three important wickets, that earned him the Man-of-the-match award. His 3/12 in seven overs was truly a winning spell along with another three-wicket haul of Madan Lal.

West Indies collapsed on the big day and surrendered to India by 43 runs.

Kapil and his men gave India their first ever World Cup trophy and it took 28 years to claim a second.

The picture of Kapil holding the World Cup trophy aloft on the Lord's balcony is forever remembered.

It was a day when the minnows felled the giants.


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