25 June 1983, a day which will be remembered as the golden day in the history of Indian cricket when Indian cricket team from out of nowhere defeated the Two time defending Champions West Indies to win the World Cup under legendary skipper Kapil Dev at the Mecca of cricket - Lord’s cricket ground.
It’s not easy to picture a team that had just played 40 ODIs before the tournament and won only one match in the previous 2 editions to lift the trophy at the Lord’s balcony. India’s tally of 40 ODIs was the 2nd least when it came to countries that had Test status at that point in time. In comparison, Australia had played 89, England 81, and West Indies 52 (of which they won 38).
The Indian team was considered one of the weakest in World Cricket at the time. Team India started the World Cup in remarkable fashion winning their first two matches against Zimbabwe and West Indies rather easily. However things changed remarkably thereafter as they lost the next two outings and were staring at the exit door.
Then came the iconic clash against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells. India, in a do-or-die situation, were starting at death, reeling at 17 for 5 after opting to bat. But then came an innings which is still considered to be one of the greatest in Indian cricket history. Captain Kapil Dev scored 175 in 138 balls, hitting 16 sixes and 6 boundaries and single-handedly helped India clinch a 31-run win and an opportunity to live to fight another day in the Old Blighty.
In the final group-stage match, India walloped Australia by 118 runs after posting 240. Yashpal top-scored with 40 but 9 of the 11 batsmen scored in double-digits. Lal and Binny blew the Australian batting line-up away.
In the semi-final, India outclassed hosts England with an all-round effort.
By the time India reached the final, they were no more rank outsiders. Millions were glued to their TV sets to watch what Kapil’s men would do in the final. In the final India did the unthinkable and smashed the Carrebians by 43 runs to bag the coveted trophy.
The underdogs came out victorious and this changed the face of Indian cricket forever.