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83 Special: Meet the Heroes of India's 1983 World Cup win - Balwinder Singh Sandhu

In the final, he scored a vital 30-ball 11 and with the ball picked the wickets of Gordon Greenidge and Jeff Dujon. Sandhu's magical delivery that sent Greenidge's bails flying as the West Indies great opener shouldered arms, is still talked about.   

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Published on: December 24, 2021 11:00 IST
From Left - Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Kapil Dev, Madan Lal and Sunil Gavaskar wheel off in celebration
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From Left - Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Kapil Dev, Madan Lal and Sunil Gavaskar wheel off in celebration after India's World Cup win in 1983 at Lord's.

Balwinder Singh Sandhu played an important role in India's maiden World Cup win in 1983. The right-arm medium pacer scalped eight wickets in as many matches at an excellent economy of 3.57. 

In the final, he scored a vital 30-ball 11 and with the ball picked the wickets of Gordon Greenidge and Jeff Dujon. Sandhu's magical delivery that sent Greenidge's bails flying as the West Indies great opener shouldered arms, is still talked about. 

Sandhu had a short career as he played just 8 Test matches and 22 ODIs picking 10 and 16 wickets respectively. 

On 25 June 1983, India under the leadership of legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev scripted history by winning the Prudential World Cup for the maiden time. Lord's was the scene for India's greatest cricketing triumph at the time, as they beat two-time winners West Indies by 43 runs to lift the coveted trophy.

Kapil Dev famously became the first Indian captain to lift the Cricket World Cup as the Indian team basked in glory at the famous Lord's balcony. Their route to the final saw them comfortably make it through Group B with four wins from six, before seeing off hosts England at Old Trafford in the semifinal. India was up against a formidable West Indies in the final - who were on the hunt for a hat-trick of World Cup titles - but was to be shocked by a determined Indian bowling line-up.

Batting first, India were bowled out for a paltry 183 in 54.5 overs, with Kris Srikkanth top-scoring with a 57-ball 38.

Considering the talent in the Windies' ranks, the total looked fairly chaseable. However, fine bowling from India's attack helped skittle their opponents for just 140, thereby sparking wild celebrations at the home of cricket. 

Mohinder Amarnath and Madan Lal were the chief architects of the win, taking three wickets apiece as India recorded a historic 43-run victory.

Indian medium-pacer Roger Binny proved his worth in English conditions as he finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. 

Brief Scores 

Jun 25 1983, Prudential World Cup Final, India vs West Indies 

Result: India won by 43 runs

India 183 all out (K Srikkanth 38, Sandeep Patil 27, Mohinder Amarnath 26, Andy Roberts 3/32, Malcolm Marshall 2/24); West Indies 140 all out (Viv Richards 33, Jeff Dujon 25, Mohinder Amarnath 3/12, Madan Lal 3/31)