1983 World Cup Final Champion
Two months back, the land of 125 billion people called India celebrated the 35th winning anniversary of 1983 World Cup historic win. Let’s rewind the past, take every fan back to the Lords balcony and relive the 1983 world cup final. The match, which turned a bat and ball sport into a religion, cricket was no more a fashionable sport in India.
The journalists ran out of ink praising the unbelievable victory for India.
Before the 1983, Indian teams only won 1 single match in the last two editions of World Cup. During a 1983 World Cup biopic launch event, Krishnamarchari Srikkanth explained how the entire team didn’t expect to win a single game in the tournament. He said ““We (an Indian team) had been to the World Cup twice (1975, 1979) and had beaten only East Africa, which was basically a band of Gujjus (Gujaratis) put together.”
Before 1983, India only won the match against the East and Central Africa by 10 wickets in 1975, whereas the arch-rivals Pakistan had won 3 out of 7 matches under the captaincy of Asif Iqbal. They even reached the semifinals in the 1979 World Cup.
If we look at the statistics before the 1983 World Cup final, India had defeated all the cricket superpowers atleast once in the tournament. They defeated West Indies in their opening match by 34 runs at Old Trafford, winning against Australia by a healthy margin of 118 runs, knocking them out of the tournament and defeating Zimbabwe twice in the tournament.