On this day in 1983, Kapil Dev led the Indian team to win their maiden World Cup title. The victory inspired the next generation of cricketers to take up the sport professionally.
The Indian team defeated invincible West Indies side in the finals to lift the World Cup trophy for the first time in 1983.
The victory completely changed the dynamics of Indian Cricket as the game reached to new heights in India.
On the prestigious occasion, a host of former cricketers went down the memory lane and reminisced the memorable day on Twitter. Here’s a look at some of those:
The day that started it all. Landmark moment in the history of Indian sports. 25th June, 1983 -the day we were World Champions the first time.
Kapil Paaji's valiant contributions, everyone contributing in their own way, but I think so much of Jimmy Paa, the MOM in semis & finals pic.twitter.com/FmmmXd7ffV
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 25, 2019
25th June, a very significant day in Indian cricket history – India's first ever Test match in 1932 and also the day we won our first ever World Cup title in 1983, and the face of Indian cricket changed with this victory. pic.twitter.com/69QNlweh4E
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 25, 2019
These were the iconic scenes at Lords’s #OnThisDay in 1983. Cricket was never the same in India after this. Thanks for Kapil’s Devils for making impossible—Possible. pic.twitter.com/Y2ZJ1Bger5
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 25, 2019
On this iconic day, #TeamIndia Head coach & 1983 World Cup winner @RaviShastriOfc takes us back to where it all started 🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/phMJ2vbAfv
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 25, 2019
India defeated mighty West Indies in the final, who was on the verge of clinching three World Cup in a row but a brilliant bowling display from Indian bowlers did not let that happen.
However, next world cup that India clinched was in 2011 after 28 years under the leadership of Captain Cool MS Dhoni which was again a landmark moment for Indian Cricket.
One man who needs to be given a huge amount of credit for India’s victory in 1983 World Cup was Kapil Dev as his knock of 175 in adversity helped India win a crucial match against Zimbabwe but the sad part was that innings was not broadcast on television as there was BBC strike on that day which was confirmed by Sandeep Patil, when he was asked about Kapil dev best knock in 1983 World Cup.