25 June 1983 – When First World Cup came home!
June 25 is a momentous day and it holds a place in the history of Indian cricket. It was June 25 when India knocked West Indies off their perch to claim the world cup. It was the first time when India won the world cup and since then, Indian cricket has not looked back. The Indian cricket team was led by Kapil Dev at that time.
The 1983 world cup tournament began on June 9, 1983, and it ended on June 25, 1983. All the ODI matches consisted of 60 overs per innings. Eight teams participated in the tournament and they were England, India, Australia, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and New Zealand. The teams were divided into two groups. Notably, every team played twice with other teams of its group. The top teams from each group qualified for the semi-finals.
India was in group B and Indian and Zimbabwe qualified for the finals. India had lost the toss and was asked to bat first. The team managed to score 183/10 in 54.4 overs. But Indian team didn’t lose hope and bounced back. The man of the match was given to Mohinder Amarnath was his all-rounder performance.
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