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On this day: India win the 1983 World Cup

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We look back at the star performers from the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

On this day in 1983, Kapil Dev and his India side made history, as they won the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first 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.

To celebrate the anniversary, we cast our minds back 35 years to the 1983 Cricket World Cup and the stars of the time.

Champions: India

Kapil Dev famously became the first Indian captain to lift the Cricket World Cup on the 25 June 1983.

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 semi-final.

They came up against the Windies in the final – who were on the hunt for a hat-trick of World Cup titles – but were to be shocked by a determined Indian bowling line-up.

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India wins the ICC Cricket World 1983, beating favorites, West Indies
ICC CWC 1983; India (183) v West Indies (140). India won by 43 runs


Batting first, India were bowled out for 183 in 54.5 overs, with Kris Srikkanth top-scoring for them with 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.

Mohinder Amarnath and Madan Lal were the stars with the ball, taking three wickets apiece as India recorded a historic 43-run victory.

England's David Gower finished at the top of the run-scoring charts with 384 runs
England's David Gower finished at the top of the run-scoring charts with 384 runs


Most runs: David Gower (384)

While his side were knocked out at the semi-final stage, England’s David Gower still managed to finish top of the run-scoring charts at the 1983 World Cup with 384 to his name.

130 of his runs came in a great 120-ball knock against Sri Lanka at Taunton, which he followed up with 48 against Pakistan and 92* against New Zealand.

Gower’s 384 runs came at an average of 76.80 and an impressive strike rate of 85.95.

Roger Binny picked up 18 wickets in the tournament, the most by any bowler
Roger Binny picked up 18 wickets in the tournament, the most by any bowler


Most wickets: Roger Binny (18)

Indian medium-pacer Roger Binny proved his worth in English conditions as he finished the 1983 World Cup as leading wicket-taker.

Binny, who played in every one of India’s games at the tournament, finished with 18 wickets, including a four-wicket haul against Australia.

He started the tournament with three wickets against West Indies, a feat he repeated when the sides met again later in the group stage.

He closed the tournament with 1/23 from his 10 overs in the final at Lord’s.

Kapil Dev's 175* against Zimbabwe was the highest World Cup score at the time
Kapil Dev's 175* against Zimbabwe was the highest World Cup score at the time


High score: Kapil Dev (175*)

India captain Kapil Dev re-wrote the history books with his remarkable innings of 175 not out against Zimbabwe.

Not only was it the highest World Cup score at the time, it was also a record score in one-day international cricket.

The situation which he found himself in as he came to the crease makes his efforts even more remarkable, as India were 9 for 4 upon his arrival.

That quickly became 17/5, but Dev provided a one-man resistance with 175 not out from 138 balls, including 16 fours and six sixes.

Winston Davis became the first man to take seven wickets in an ODI
Winston Davis became the first man to take seven wickets in an ODI


Best figures: Winston Davis (7/51)

Windies paceman Winston Davis became the first man to take seven wickets in an ODI with his 7/51 against Australia at the 1983 World Cup.

His seven wickets helped the Windies to a convincing 101-run victory after they bowled Australia out for just 151.

Davis’ figures remained a World Cup record for 20 years before Glenn McGrath bettered them against Namibia in 2003.

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