Even as Kohli’s men in blue look to bring the World Cup home to India, one cannot help but recall that beautiful win by India against the West Indies that gave Kapil’s team the World Cup in 1983. This day that year, what an upset it was. West Indies were expected to win and were two time champions, when India struck and got the Cup.
Clive Lloyd had superstars on his team, but Kapil’s Devils had luck with them. The final was a low scoring match. The Indians had scored a low score of 183 in the final at Lord’s, London. As the West Indian great batsmen walked in with swag, much was expected of them. But the tables turned. Greenidge fell early and Viv Richards was caught by Kapil Dev to Madan Lal’s ball. With that wicket, there was no looking back for the revved up Indians. Lloyd fell to Binny and Mohinder Amarnath’s spell got two more. The West Indies were bowled out for 140 when Michael Holding’s wicket also fell into Amarnath’s kitty.
India was the World champion. Winning that World Cup was special. From rank outsiders they had become world champions. The odds against them by London bookies had been put at 50:1. What an upset they caused. The world sat up and watched as the new champions brought the trophy home. Clive Llyod had remarked after the match, ‘Indian cricket has arrived. And it’s here to stay.’ He was spot on.
That win did a lot for Indian cricket which has since then grown in every sphere of the game. The Indian team again won the World Cup in 2011 beating Sri Lanka.
36 years after the first World Cup win, with Virat Kohli and his team, expectations are high. The young team is talented, fit, motivated and professional. Will they win World Cup 2019? Can they repeat the 2011 win? Will the Cup come to India once more?