Today marks the day when India won its first ODI (One Day International) World Cup title, which occurred 39 years ago.
India participated in the Cricket World Cup and went to the final stage after beating other teams, namely England, India, Australia, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe.
1983 final was played at Lord's Cricket Ground on 25 June 1983 and this was the third consecutive World Cup final appearance for the West Indies, the last two Cricket World Cup title holders.
To celebrate and reminisce the historic win, the Board of Control for Cricket in India tweeted: "A historic day & a landmark moment for Indian cricket as #TeamIndia, led by @therealkapildev, clinched World Cup title."
Road to final
1983 final was India’s first final and the team defeated West Indies to claim their first World Cup title. Men in blue beat West Indies in the final stage and the victory begins India’s obsession with crickets.
India faced West Indies, England, and Australia, and won the World Cup after defeating both teams in the semi-final and final, respectively.
India then defeated England by 6 wickets in the first semi-finals to get to the final round. India became the first Asian country in a World Cup Final to face the West Indies, which had advanced after defeating Pakistan.
Starting from the group stage, India twice met Australia and West Indies and they recorded one win and one loss against them.
In the quarter-final, India defeated Zimbabwe by 31 runs, and Kapil Dev said he remembered the moment as the most memorable win.
India’s final stage performance
Captained by Kapil Dev, India made its start in the final with the team's star, Sunil Gavaskar, who served as an opener with the put-in to bat first. However, Gavaskar only recorded two runs and was going off after it.
The player after, Kris Srikkanth and Mohinder Amarnath took India's Innings forward by slamming 38 runs off 57 balls and 26 runs off 80 balls respectively. However, the team was bowled out for 183 in 54.4 overs.