On June 25, 1983, India wrote its destiny with cricket. It is date that is etched in Indian cricketing history and memory of all Indian cricket fans forever. After all on this day India, under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, lifted the World Cup (Prudential Cup) for the first time by defeating a star-studded West Indian unit to lift the trophy and make history.
The match was played at Lord’s, the home of cricket, and India won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a good start but were restricted by West Indies bowlers to 183. Andy Roberts, Malcom Marshall, Michael Holding and Joel Garner did a fine job with the ball.
The West Indies were never really in the chase, and and ultimately fell short by 43 runs as India eventually won the match.
India’s victory in the 1983 World Cup was a major upset, but it was also a historic moment for the country. It was the first time that India had won the World Cup, and it helped to put Indian cricket on the map.
On the 40th anniversary of the triumph here are some of the best reactions from across the globe.
The World Cup champion
1983 team travelling
together to celebrate our
40th anniversary victory on
25th June, 35,000 feet up
in the air. We are proud
Indians and love India
Bharat Mata Ki Jai
— Kirti Azad (@KirtiAzaad) June 25, 2023
They did it first!
A team of legends who defied expectations with their courage and conviction.
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 25, 2023
25th June, 1983 – 40 years since that landmark day when Kapil Paaji and his boys won India the World Cup and it inspired an entire generation of youth to take up Cricket and was an instrumental moment in making Cricket what it is in India. #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/aPcRLAFAMU
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 25, 2023
India’s Proudest Moment…#OnThisDay in 1983 India won their first World Cup Title at @HomeOfCricket against West Indies.@therealkapildev became the youngest captain to win the World Cup (24y 170d) – still a record.
Man of the Match – M Amarnath
— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) June 25, 2023
India Playing XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Madan Lal, Mohinder Amarnath, Syed Kirmani (wk), Kapil Dev (c), Yashpal Sharma, Kirti Azad, Roger Binny, Sandeep Patil, Kris Srikkanth, Balwinder Sandhu
Windies Playing XI: Clive Lloyd (c), Sir Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, Gordon Greenidge, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Faoud Bacchus, Desmond Haynes, Larry Gomes, Malcolm Marshall, Jeff Dujon (wk)