25th of June, 1983 is the date that will forever be etched in the minds of all the Indians. It was a great day for the Indian cricket team and Kapil Dev. This day gave birth to hope about cricket in the mind of the Indian players. It also set the recognition of India in the field of cricket.
25th June is a great day for Indian cricket fans. This date gave Indian fans a reason to play cricket. On this day, India defeated the 2 times world champions West Indies. 11 great players won the cricket world cup.
On that very day, the captain of the team, Kapil Dev along with the other players set the record that India was also a team worthy of the challenge in the field of cricket.
But why are we discussing the winning of the world cup here? Today is neither the anniversary nor the birthday of any cricketer. There is a particular reason for it.
The cause of talking about this is Ranveer Singh’s new upcoming film 83’s trailer. This team is about Kapil Dev and the journey of the cricket team into winning the cup.
So today we will talk about those gems of players who had a significant contribution in bringing the world cup home in 1983. The first name which comes to mind is that of the captain, Kapil Dev.
He stands out because of 2 reasons. He was the first captain whose team won the world cup. Another reason is that Kapil’s performance in the match against West Indies was also worthy of recognition.
He made so many runs that no one ever made even in the tournaments. Kapil was also third in the line of the players who took wickets. He made 303 runs in an average of 60. This is more than the strike rate of 100.
Yashpal Sharma comes next. He was born in Ludhiana, Punjab. He was the one who first lighted the hope of winning the 1983 world cup. The first match was on 9th June.
Everyone thought that India would lose against the West Indies. But Sharma stood between west indies and victory. He made 120 runs. This was significant because no other player even made it to 40. Due to him, India made 262 runs in 60 overs. They defeated the West Indies by 34 runs.
Mohinder Amarnath is the third significant player. He was born in Patiala in Punjab. He became the ‘Man of the Match’ in both semi-finals and finals. Mohinder was also the ‘Man of the Tournament’ in the 1983 world cup.
He was the player with the third-highest run-rate in the world cup. Mohinder earned 4th place in taking wickets. He took 3 wickets of the West Indies in the final match.
Roger Binny is the man without whom the world cup would not come home. But he did not get the limelight other stars got. He was the leading wicket-taker in 1983. No one believed in the Indian pacer but he believed in himself.
In this tournament, he took the maximum wickets. His most famous game was against Australia. He outed four of their players.
Then comes Madan Lal. West Indies was after 183 runs. It looked like they would be the champions for the third time in a row. But within 16 runs, Madan Lal outed Desmond Haynes, Vivian Richards, and Larry Gomes.
This was a shock to the West Indies. After this, the team lost their momentum and became all-out in 140 runs. Madan Lal was the second most wicket-taker in the world cup.
After that is Sandip Patil. He batted at that time like we get to see in T20 matches today. That means it was like a bomb. Its main example is in the semi-final match against England.
In the semi-finals, India was chasing 213 runs. When Sandip came to bat, India needed 72 runs to win with 7 wickets in hand. He played so well that he made sure India reaches the finals. He made so many runs that he became the fourth most run-maker.
It was like this that these five players along with Kapil Dev brought the World Cup home.