25th June, 1983 , a day that India became cricket’s world champions for the first time.
Led by the inspirational Kapil Dev – one of the finest allrounder’s the game has ever seen, India overcame the might of the West Indies to wrest the trophy from the grip of the men from the Caribbean.The win, achieved at Lord’s, carried such significance that many on the subcontinent believe its effects continue to echo through Indian cricket today.
At Tunbridge Wells they stumbled but ultimately overcame Zimbabwe, courtesy of a stunning 175 not out from Dev, before they enjoyed a shock win over Australia. Then came a comfortable semi-final victory over England, which saw them reach the finals against the West Indies. No one really gave India a chance but a spectacular team effort saw them defend just 183 in the finals.
A peach of an inswinger from paceman Balwinder Singh Sandhu removed Gordon Greenidge and gave India some hope. Then came Viv Richards and he raced effortlessly to 33 from 27 balls, seemingly setting the path to a third-straight World Cup win for his side. Then Kapil Dev took an astonishing backward running catch at mid wicket , holding on to the ball as it fell over his shoulder.
The West Indies collapsed dramatically after Richards’ exit and were bowled out for 140 , handing India a 43 run victory. Undoubtedly, one of Indian cricket’s greatest moments and also on a day that they played their first ever test in 1932.