India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup on this day after defeating the West Indies in a nail-biting final at London’s Lord’s Cricket Ground. After Team India’s first World Cup victory under Kapil Dev, the entire landscape of Indian cricket changed. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar claimed that Team India winning the 1983 World Cup inspired him to want to win the trophy for his nation someday.
Tendulkar recalled seeing the final and said it motivated him to lift the World Cup trophy someday. Tendulkar acknowledged that it was one of the incidents that spurred him to start playing the sport and realize his dream.
Sachin Tendulkar recalls India’s 1983 World Cup win
Team India won their first World Cup trophy on June 25, 1983. India, who entered the competition as the underdog and pulled off a huge upset over the powerful West Indies, achieved a historic victory. Sachin Tendulkar posted an image of Kapil Dev holding the 1983 World Cup trophy on social media.
“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!,” Tendulkar tweeted.
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
In 2011, after India defeated Sri Lanka in the World Cup final at Wankhede, Sachin Tendulkar finally realized his dream of winning a World Cup. Tendulkar has said many times that it was the best moment of his career.
Coming to 1983 final, India was assigned to bat first in the game after losing the toss. Indian batsmen struggled mightily against the deadly West Indian pacers, and they were eventually bowled out for 183 runs. With 38 runs, Kris Srikkanth led all scorers for India. Sandeep Patil and Mohinder Amarnath each added 27 and 26 runs, respectively. India put up a decent total on the board thanks to cameos from Madan Lal and wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani.
After losing opener Gordon Greenidge for just one run in the West Indies’ response, Viv Richards went after the Indian bowlers. Madal Lal, who caused havoc with the ball and took three wickets, however, sent the legendary batsman back on 33 off 28 balls. West Indies was bowled out for 140, which gave India a 43-run victory in the game.