Bangalore, June 25: 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev went down memory lane on the 30th year of India's greatest moment in cricket. Kapil said that the World Cup victory gave "new dimension" to Indian cricket.
Today (June 25) marks the 30th year of India winning the 1983 World Cup at Lord's. Kapil's "Devils" conquered the world by taming the mighty West Indies.
Speaking to BCCI's website, Kapil recalled the day when he lifted the trophy on the Lord's balcony.
"We were just a bunch of young boys who wanted to have fun. Winning was more fun in the evening and that's what we started to look out for - how we can enjoy more. The first match itself (against West IndiesI) gave us a little hope. After that our aim was to make the top four. Every match became more and more serious after that," Kapil told bcci.tv on Tuesday.
"We felt that the 1983 World Cup changed the entire sport in our country and gave a new dimension to Indian cricket," he added.
Ravi Shastri, who was part of the team, said: "Being the youngest man in that party, all I'll tell you is that day at the Lord's changed my life. June 25, 1983 changed the face of Indian cricket. And when I say that I don't only mean the cricket lovers. The corporate got behind the team, the media started to give the Indian cricket team the recognition they deserve."
India had to wait 28 years to claim another World Cup. MS Dhoni-led team won the trophy on April 2, 2011 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, defeating Sri Lanka.
1983 World Cup Winning Indian Squad (14 players)
Kapil Dev (captain)
Syed Kirmani (wicketkeeper)