Today (June 25) is a very special day for fans of the Indian cricket as 39 yrs ago on this day, India won the World Cup for the first time in the history of cricket. The year was 1983 and it was under the leadership of Kapil Dev that India defeated mighty West Indies in the finals to win the World Cup.
🗓️ #OnThisDay in 1983
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 25, 2022
While the Indians were given no chance to win the trophy in the beginning of the tournament, the West Indies were hot favorites as they had already won the last two World Cups. Moreover, the team comprised of some cricketing greats such as Clive Lloyds, Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge so everyone felt that the West Indians will certainly win the World Cup for the third time.
Indians are celebrating the 39th anniversary of team India’s historic win and social media is flooded with tweets remembering the achievement made by the Indian squad. Many former cricketers also took to the micro-blogging site Twitter and spoke on how this win inspired them to play for the country.
The legendary former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar made a tweet in which he posted the iconic photo of Kapil Dev holding the trophy and sequence from the movie “83” in which a kid looking pretty similar to him is seen celebrating the victory. Little Master wrote, “Some moments in life inspire you & make you dream. On this day in 1983, we won the World Cup 🏆 for the first time. I knew right then, that’s what I wanted to do too!”
Some moments in life inspire you & make you dream. On this day in 1983, we won the World Cup 🏆 for the first time. I knew right then, that’s what I wanted to do too!🏏 pic.twitter.com/hp305PHepU
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 25, 2022
Here are some other reactions:
— Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (@MIB_India) June 25, 2022
India win their maiden World Cup 🇮🇳
On this day in 1983, Kapil Dev's team stunned the world by beating the mighty West Indies to lift the @CricketWorldCup 🏆
— ICC (@ICC) June 25, 2022
— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) June 25, 2022
Date mein kya rakha hai? Well, 25th June, is date mein shuruaat rakhi hai.
It is a day on which India began it’s journey-in 1932 playing it’s first ever Test & 51 years later on 25th June 1983, Kapil Paaji & his boys winning the World Cup,which was a beginning for many cricketers pic.twitter.com/wcBz4BzsyS
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 25, 2022
Today in 1983 was when every Indian got the feeling that dreams can be brought to reality! A moment that will make us proud always! 🇮🇳🏆
I, like many others was inspired by this win and started dreaming of representing the country someday. pic.twitter.com/agaBhbOOBP
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 25, 2022
#OnThisDay in 1983, Team India conquered Lord's. For the first time we conquered the World. This win taught us that English game ko jeetne ke liye Angrezi nahi Desi Jazba chahiye.#1983worldcup #teamindia🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/egzJBAg1OJ
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 25, 2022
On this day in 1983, Indian cricket changed forever, winning their first World Cup, led by the great Kapil Dev, the whole group has played a big role in making India a force by inspiring millions to take up the game.pic.twitter.com/9GZWq5CRX8
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 24, 2022
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) June 25, 2022
“𝙄 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚… 𝙒𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙬𝙞𝙣.” 💪
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) June 25, 2022
𝘓𝘦𝘩𝘳𝘢𝘢𝘥𝘰… 𝘓𝘦𝘩𝘳𝘢𝘢𝘥𝘰 💙#OnThisDay in 1983 ➡️ 🇮🇳 won their maiden World Cup 🏆🏏
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) June 25, 2022
As far as the 1983 World Cup final is concerned, the 60-over match was played at Lord’s, England, in which West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first.
The Indian team got all out in the 55th over at the score of 183 runs but the Indian bowlers gave a terrific performance and bowled out West Indies in 52 overs for 140 runs as a result of which India won the match by 43 runs. Mohinder Amarnath was adjudged as the Player of the Match as he scored 26 runs and also took 3 wickets.
India has won the ODI World Cup two times, first time in 1983 and second time in 2011 and since then, Indian cricket fans are waiting to see team India win it again.