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83 Special: Meet the Heroes of India's 1983 World Cup win - Sandeep Patil

Patil played 29 Test matches for India and scored 1588 runs with four centuries to his credit. In 45 ODIs, he scored 1005 runs with nine half-centuries.

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Published on: December 24, 2021 10:00 IST
Former chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil, in conversation with former India captain MS Dhoni.
Image Source : BCCI

Former chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil, in conversation with former India captain MS Dhoni.

Sandeep Patil hammered a brilliant unbeaten 51 off just 32 balls and helped India beat England in the semifinal of the 1983 World Cup. 

Chasing a tricky 214 runs to win, India were in a spot of bother when Patil walked out to bat. However, against an attack comprising the likes of Bob Willis and Ian Botham, Patil came out all guns blazing and his half-century helped India book a date with West Indies in the final of the Prudential World Cup. 

In the final, Patil scored a fluent 29-ball 27 before he was dismissed by Joel Garner. 

Patil played 29 Test matches for India and scored 1588 runs with four centuries to his credit. In 45 ODIs, he scored 1005 runs with nine half-centuries. 

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)