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83 Special: Meet the Heroes of India's 1983 World Cup win - Kapil Dev

With the willow, the Indian captain amassed 3033 runs at a brilliant average of 60.60. In the final, the skipper made an 8-ball 15 with three boundaries, took a wicket but his catch to dismiss Sir Vivian Richards is etched in the minds of Indian fans forever.

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Published on: December 24, 2021 8:30 IST
Kapil Dev lifts the 1983 World Cup after India defeated West Indies in the final on June 25, 1983.
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Kapil Dev lifts the 1983 World Cup after India defeated West Indies in the final on June 25, 1983.

Kapil Dev led from the front and the India skipper was in the form of his life with both bat and ball. His unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe was the highlight of the tournament and the knock came in a must-win tie. In eight matches, Kapil Dev took 12 wickets including a five-wicket haul against Australia. 
 
With the willow, the Indian captain amassed 3033 runs at a brilliant average of 60.60. In the final, the skipper made an 8-ball 15 with three boundaries, took a wicket but his catch to dismiss Sir Vivian Richards is etched in the minds of Indian fans forever.
 
Kapil Dev played 131 Tests scoring 5248 runs at an average of 31.05 with a highest score of 163. He scored eight centuries and 25 half-centuries. With the ball, the legendary all-rounder scalped 434 wickets at an economy of 2.78 . 
 
In 225 ODIs, Kapil Dev took 253 wickets and scored 3783 runs with his magnificent unbeaten 175 as his best ODI knock. 
 
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)