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1983 Cricket World Cup final

1983 Prudential World Cup Final match
Kapil Dev with the Indian President Zail Singh after the team's return to India post winning the World Cup. They are holding the Cricket World Cup Trophy.
Event1983 Prudential Cup
India West Indies
India Cricket West Indies
183 140
54.4 overs 52 overs
India won by 43 runs
Date25 June 1983
VenueLord's, England
Player of the matchMohinder Amarnath (Ind)
UmpiresDickie Bird (Eng) and Barrie Meyer (Eng)
Attendance24,609 [1]

The final of the 1983 Cricket World Cup was played between India and the West Indies at Lord's on 25 June 1983. This was the third consecutive World Cup final appearance for the West Indies, having won the last two Cricket World Cups. India, playing in their first final, defeated the West Indies to claim their first World Cup title.


The match was the third consecutive World Cup final hosted at Lord's, following those in 1975 and 1979.[2] India was making their first appearance at a World Cup final after defeating England by 6 wickets in the first semi-finals.[3] This was also the first appearance by an Asian nation in a World Cup final. In fact, in the prior two world cups in 1975 and 1979, the Indian team had won only one match (against East Africa) and lost every other match.[4] On the other hand, the West Indies had won both previous editions of the World Cup. They had reached a third consecutive final after defeating Pakistan by 8 wickets in the second semi-final and were looking for their third consecutive World Cup win.

As a result, the Indian team was only given odds of 66–1 at the start of the final.[5][4][6][7]

Match details

25 June 1983
183 (54.4 overs)
 West Indies
140 (52 overs)
India won by 43 runs
Lord's, London, England
Attendance : 24,609
Umpires: Dickie Bird (Eng) and Barrie Meyer (Eng)
Player of the match: Mohinder Amarnath (Ind)

After losing the toss, India was asked to bat first against a West Indies team that arguably boasted the world's best bowling attack. Sunil Gavaskar, who had a generally unsuccessful tournament, got dismissed early on for two. A partnership between Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Mohinder Amarnath took India past the 50 mark, before the former was taken lbw by Marshall. Amarnath was then bowled by Holding for 26, and only eleven more runs were made before Yashpal Sharma fell. Kapil Dev, the Indian captain, took 8 balls to reach 15, but was caught off the bowling of Larry Gomes; leaving India at 110/5. Kirti Azad didn't score any runs. Roger Binny was caught on two, while Sandeep Patil made 27 to get India to 153/8. All-rounder Madan Lal soon followed for 17, and 10th wicket partnership made 22 runs before Michael Holding bowled Syed Kirmani for 14. India were thus bowled out for 183 in 54.4 overs, which many thought was easily reachable. Andy Roberts had claimed three wickets, and Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Larry Gomes took two wickets each. Sandeep Patil and Madan Lal saved the game to get the team past the 150-run mark at a critical point in the match where India scored 183 runs. After India was bowled out for just 183 runs, Kapil Dev told everyone to fight for every single run. The first over by Kapil Dev was a Maiden. If it also wasn't for Kapil Dev's 175, India wouldn't have made it to the 1983 CWC final.

The West Indies set out to chase the low target of 184 but lost an early wicket when Balwinder Sandhu famously clean bowled Gordon Greenidge. Desmond Haynes and Viv Richards, batted smoothly past 50, but both batsmen were removed by the bowling of Madan Lal, leaving the West Indies at 57/3. Lal soon claimed a third wicket - that of Gomes - and Dev then caught West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, leaving the West Indies at 66/5. Ten runs later, Faoud Bacchus was removed by Sandhu. Jeff Dujon and Malcolm Marshall put on a partnership of 43 runs before Mohinder Amarnath dismissed them on 119 and 124 respectively. Soon, Kapil Dev trapped Andy Roberts for an lbw, and Amarnath got Michael Holding out LBW. The West Indies were thus all out for 140, and India had won their maiden Cricket World Cup by 43 runs. The Indian bowlers had completed one of the biggest upsets in cricket history, defeating the previously invincible West Indies. Both Amarnath and Lal had taken three wickets for India, while Sandhu claimed two. Amarnath was awarded the Man of the Match for his all-round performance.[8] There was no "Man of the Series" award in 1983.


Indian innings

R M B 4s 6s SR
Sunil Gavaskar c Dujon b Roberts 2 14 12 0 0 10.0
Krishnamachari Srikkanth lbw b Marshall 38 82 57 7 1 66.66
Mohinder Amarnath b Holding 26 108 80 3 0 32.50
Yashpal Sharma c sub (Logie) b Gomes 11 45 32 1 0 34.37
Sandeep Patil c Gomes b Garner 27 48 29 0 1 93.10
Kapil Dev (c) c Holding b Gomes 15 10 8 3 0 187.50
Roger Binny c Garner b Roberts 2 9 8 0 0 25.00
Madan Lal b Marshall 17 31 27 0 1 62.96
Syed Kirmani (wk) b Holding 14 55 43 0 0 32.55
Balwinder Sandhu not out 11 42 30 1 0 36.66
Extras (b 5, lb 5, w 9, nb 1) 20
Total (all out; 54.4 overs) 183 (3.34 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-2 (Sunil Gavaskar), 2–59 (Krishnamachari Srikkanth), 3–90 (Mohinder Amarnath), 4–92 (Yashpal Sharma), 5–110 (N Kapil Dev), 6–111 (Kirti Azad), 7–130 (Roger Binny), 8–153 (Sandeep Patil), 9–161 (Madan Lal), 10–183 (Syed Kirmani)

Bowling O M R W Econ
Andy Roberts 10 3 32 3 3.20
Joel Garner 12 4 24 1 2.00
Malcolm Marshall 11 1 24 2 2.18
Michael Holding 9.4 2 26 2 2.68
Larry Gomes 11 1 49 2 4.45
Viv Richards 1 0 8 0 8.00

West Indies innings

R M B 4s 6s SR
Gordon Greenidge b Sandhu 1 11 12 0 0 8.33
Desmond Haynes c Binny b Madan Lal 13 45 33 2 0 39.39
Viv Richards c Kapil Dev b Madan Lal 33 42 28 7 0 117.85
Clive Lloyd (c) c Kapil Dev b Binny 8 32 17 1 0 47.05
Larry Gomes c Gavaskar b Madan Lal 5 18 16 0 0 31.25
Faoud Bacchus c Kirmani b Sandhu 8 37 25 0 0 32.00
Jeff Dujon (wk) b Amarnath 25 94 73 0 1 34.24
Malcolm Marshall c Gavaskar b Amarnath 18 73 51 0 0 35.29
Andy Roberts lbw b Kapil Dev 4 16 14 0 0 28.57
Joel Garner not out 5 34 19 0 0 26.31
Michael Holding lbw b Amarnath 6 28 24 0 0 25.00
Extras (lb 4, w 10) 14
Total (all out; 52 overs) 140 (2.69 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-5 (Greenidge), 2-50 (Haynes), 3-57 (Richards), 4-66 (Gomes), 5-66 (Lloyd), 6-76 (Bacchus), 7-119 (Dujon), 8-124 (Marshall), 9-126 (Roberts), 10-140 (Holding)

Bowling O M R W Econ
Kapil Dev 11 4 21 1 1.90
Balwinder Sandhu 9 1 32 2 3.55
Madan Lal 12 2 31 3 2.58
Roger Binny 10 1 23 1 2.30
Mohinder Amarnath 7 0 12 3 1.71

See also


  1. ^ "India defy the odds". Cricinfo. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  2. ^ Sampat, Meit. "World Cup History: 4 finals played at Lord's". Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  3. ^ Scroll Staff (25 June 2021). "A day that changed the face of Indian cricket: Tributes to Kapil Dev and Co's 1983 World Cup triumph". Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b "The 1983 World Cup final was a miracle. And the numbers agree". Mint. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  5. ^ Scroll Staff. "Pause, rewind, play: India's 1983 World Cup triumph changed world cricket forever". Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  6. ^ Desk, SportsCafe (24 May 2019). "1983 World Cup win was the greatest moment of my life, says Kapil Dev".
  7. ^ "The first cup is the sweetest: Remembering India's 1983 win, 35 years on – The Leaflet". 18 June 2018.
  8. ^ "India defy the odds". Wisden. reprinted by ESPNcricinfo. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
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