However, with nothing to lose, Kapil and his troops decided to give it their all. They started off their campaign in an emphatic manner, defeating two-time champions West Indies by 34 runs on June 9 at the Old Trafford, which later on became a good hunting ground for the Indian team.
#OnThisDay in 1983, Lord's - History created! #TeamIndia led by @therealkapildev won the World Cup after beating the mighty West Indies #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/fKfhICVs5R
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 25, 2020
Gaining confidence from that win, they went on to defeat Zimbabwe in their next game on June 11.
But their campaign suffered a jolt as they faced crushing defeats against Australia (June 13) and West Indies (June 15) in their next two games.
It seemed that the team would be out of the competition. However, the Indian team came back strongly and registered comfortable wins over Zimbabwe (June 18) and Australia (June 20) to make it to the semi-finals.
On June 22, the team surprised many as they defeated England by six wickets to make it to their maiden World Cup final.
And on June 25, the underdogs whom the world had not even considered to be in the title race, surprised everyone at the Home of Cricket -- Lord's. They were bowled out for mere 183 and with West Indies having the likes of Vivian Richards and Clive Llyod, all thought it would be a cake walk for a team from the island nation.
Kapil Dev ushered in a new era of fast-bowling in Indian cricket
Harsha Bhogle believes we should be grateful to him for such a huge contribution pic.twitter.com/KkyLrIIFZq
— ICC (@ICC) June 25, 2020
However, with a 'nothing-to-lose' attitude and the self-belief that they carried after a spirited campaign throughout the tournament, the Indian boys came out with a brilliant bowling performance as they bamboozled the famed Windies batting line-up, bundling them out for 140 and winning the game by 43 runs.
Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath were the pick of the Indian bowlers as they picked three wickets each while Balwinder Sandhu scalped two. Kapil and Roger Binny also chipped in with a wicket each and contributed to one of India's most famous wins in cricketing history.
The image of Kapil lifting the World Cup trophy from the iconic Lord's balcony is still etched in the memories of cricket fans. It was a moment which told the cricketing world about the arrival of India on the big stage.
Which has been the greatest upset in ODI cricket history?
Harsha Bhogle and Ian Smith share their views pic.twitter.com/38OM0TCs2h
— ICC (@ICC) June 25, 2020
"It was the turning point for Indian cricket and for Indians. At a time when cricket was dominated by West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, and others, a total underdog Indians became the world champions," Kris Srikkanth, who was a part of the World Cup-winning team, recently said on Star Sports 1 Tamil show 'Winning the Cup - 1983'.
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