India’s 1983 World Cup squad: The men behind the historic triumph
On June 25, 1983, the Kapil Dev-led Indian cricket team created history as they stunned the mighty West Indies to lift the World Cup for the first time.
Going in as underdogs against two-time defending champions, India defeated the Men in Maroon by 43 runs in a low-scoring final at Lord’s.
The 1983 World Cup triumph completely changed the face of Indian cricket as it kickstarted a revolution in the country.
Let’s have a look at the members of the legendary Indian team that clinched the 1983 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.
1983 World Cup-winning India squad
The swashbuckling all-rounder captained India's triumphant 1983 World Cup team. Leading his team by example, Kapil Dev smashed an unbeaten 175 off 138 balls against Zimbabwe in the quarter-final to help his side secure a 31-run victory.
He ended the tournament with 303 runs in eight matches at an average of 60.60. The Indian captain’s epic catch to dismiss the dangerous Vivian Richards in the final is considered as one of the turning points of the match.
The original Little Master opened the innings for India during the 1983 World Cup. He had a disappointing tournament with the bat, scoring just 59 runs in six innings at an average of 9.83.
Krishnamachari Srikkanth was the opening partner of Sunil Gavaskar at the 1983 World Cup. He scored 38 runs off 57 balls to guide India to a match-winning score of 183 in the final. Srikkanth ended the tournament with 156 runs in eight matches at an average of 19.50.
Mohinder Amarnath was one of India's most outstanding players at the 1983 World Cup. The India vice-captain scored 237 runs and picked eight wickets in as many matches. For his 26 runs and three wickets in the World Cup final, he was named the player of the match.
Yashpal Sharma played a stellar role with the bat, amassing 240 runs in eight matches at an average of 34.28. Not only did he deliver some crucial knocks, but his running between the wickets impressed everyone as well.
Sandeep Patil was one of India's top batters in the 1983 World Cup. Patil, who batted in the middle order, scored 216 runs in eight matches at an average of 30.85. In addition, he recorded two fifties and contributed some superb bowling performances as well.
The Bihar-born cricketer played three matches during the 1983 World Cup, contributing 15 runs and one wicket.
Roger Binny had the most wickets for India during the 1983 World Cup. Binny claimed 18 wickets in eight matches with the best bowling figures of 4/29. With the bat, Binny scored 73 runs at the bottom of the order.
Madan Lal was impressive with both bat and ball in the 1983 World Cup. In addition to picking up 17 wickets, he scored 102 runs in eight matches. He was instrumental in helping India win their first World Cup.
In the 1983 World Cup, Syed Kirmani was the wicketkeeper of the Indian cricket team. The catch of Faoud Bacchus in the final against West Indies earned him the best wicket-keeper award.
Balwinder Sandhu starred in the 1983 World Cup-winning squad as one of its heroes. With eight wickets in as many games, Sandhu also contributed valuable runs as a tailender. The dismissal of West Indies batter Gordon Greenidge in the World Cup final is still one of his most memorable performances.
Sunil Valson was the 12th man in the 1983 World Cup squad. The pacer didn't have the opportunity to play in even one game during the tournament.
1983 World Cup-winning squad: Sunil Gavaskar, Kris Srikkanth, Mohinder Amarnath, Yashpal Sharma, Sandeep Patil, Kapil Dev (captain), Kirti Azad, Roger Binny, Madan Lal, Syed Kirmani (wicket-keeper), Balwinder Sandhu, Sunil Valson
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