1983 Cricket World Cup was the 3rd edition of the Cricket World Cup tournament. Match held from 9 to 25 June 1983 in England and Wales. World cup 1983 won by India. Eight countries participated in the event. World cup 1983 is a one of the topic in schools for children. Because it was unforgettable day for Indian Cricketers and Cricket Followers.
On the same day after 38 years, India Cricket History made remarkable and Trending. Teams like India and Zimbabwe who were not playing well during those times scored victories. Over the West Indies and Australia respectively. England, Pakistan, India and tournament favorites West Indies qualified for the semi-finals. The preliminary matches were played in two groups of four teams. Each country played the others in its group twice. The top two teams in each group qualified for the semi-finals.
India won the 1983 World Cup but the start of the tournament. It was only by captain Kapil Dev who truly believed that the team could go all the way. Former all-rounder Kirti Azad has delivered the speech.
Indian team considered as underdogs at the start of the tournament. But they went on to beat the all-conquering West Indies squad in the final to win the cup itself. Azad admitted that he jokingly told team mate Mohinder Amarnath that its a free holiday for a month.
“When I got to know that I have been selected, Jimmy was in Lancaster and I was in Lancashire. I called him and jokingly said I am coming there, let’s go together to the hotel and enjoy the free holiday we have got for a month,” Azad told India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai on the 38th anniversary of the historic win.
“When that tour was starting I saw a small champagne bottle in (Kapil Dev’s) bag. I told him, give it to us. What are you going to do with it? You don’t drink. But he kept it till the end. And if you see, that was the first bottle that opened on the balcony of Lord’s. We tried to take it from him but he didn’t give it. He believed from the beginning that we could win it,” Azad further said.
Azad said that the win was the catalyst in India becoming a superpower in cricket. “1983 basically made India a cricket superpower. We had the next World Cup coming to India, commercialization of cricket happened after that in many ways. That was the stepping stone. We feel we were pioneers to help India become a superpower, thanks to Kapil,” said Azad.