We Believed and Became World Champions, Reveals Shastri After Winning the Maiden World Cup Title


Ravi Shastri

Indian team head coach Ravi Shastri said 1983 world cup winning moment changed the dynamics of Indian cricket completely.

On 25th June 1983, India clinched its maiden World Cup Trophy under the leadership of Charismatic Kapil Dev. The win was special as it inspired the next generation of cricketers to pursue the sport professionally.

Big names like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman started dreaming of becoming a cricketer after watching India lift the 1983 World Cup title. 

Shastri while recalling that memorable event that happened 37 years ago wrote on his official Twitter Handle,

“ DayThatYear On 25th June 1983, we believed and we became -World Champions and changed the face of #Cricket in #India once and for all#This.

The World Cup victory had a massive impact on the people of India as the love for the game in the next few years reached great heights. 

Here’s a look at India’s World Cup final playing XI: Sunil Gavaskar, K Srikanth, Mohinder Amarnath, Yashpal Sharma, Sandeep Patil, Kapil Dev(C), Kirti Azad, Roger Binny, Madan Lal, Syed Kirmani and Balwinder Sandhu.

Taking about the match, West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl first with the fierce bowling attack. Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, and Larry Gomes all picked two wickets each. Apart from Kris Srikanth’s 38, there was no heavy contribution from other batsmen which resulted in India getting all out on 183.

When West Indies came into bat it seemed that they would easily surpass the target and thereby win their third consecutive World Cup title.

Indian bowlers in that final encounter put their best foot forward as Madan Lal got the big breakthrough of  Sir Vivian Richards who was out on 33 which reduced West Indies score to 57/3 followed by three more quick wickets and the team was reduced to 76/6.

Kapil Dev 1983 World Cup

West Indies eventually were bundled for 140 and India clinched their maiden World Cup Trophy by 43 runs. Kapil Dev lifting the trophy in the Lord’s Balcony still remains an image to savor for all the Indian fans.

Mohinder Amarnath was given Man of the Match as he scored 26 runs and took 3 wickets in that crucial final.