Wednesday, July 9, 2008

1983 World Cup Final (Photographs)

The 1983 team earned a place in sporting history, and along with it the title 'Kapil's Devils.' Every Indian team, thereafter, has been compared to these champions.

A memorable moment. One, no words can describe.
Kapil Dev receives the trophy from MCC president Sir Anthony Tuke

'The spirit among the boys was incredible. I don't know what specific reasons enabled us to attain that kind of spirit but I believe it was the most vital character of that triumph,' Mohinder Amarnath said after India's incredible victory.

'The victory. How did it happen? How did India overturn all predictions? Why did so many wickets tumble so cheaply? India performed one of the most mystical acts in her long cricket history -- Kapil Dev's merry men swung, seamed and caught their way through the rich list of Caribbean batting talent to win the Prudential World Cup. Joyful Indian crowds swarmed in front of the pavilion. The handsome captain, Kapil Dev, accepted the Cup from the president of the MCC, Sir Anthony Tuke.'
-- The Sunday Telegraph, Tony Lewis.

The match-winning moment
Things were starting to look up for the West Indies. After a disastrous start, wicket-keeper Jeff Dujon put on 43 runs with Malcolm Marshall for the seventh wicket. Then came along Mohinder Amarnath to bowl his trundlers. A seemingly innocuous delivery deceived Dujon and India were roaring towards victory once again.

'In a remarkable game, no batsman made 50, no bowler took more than three wickets, yet the outcome was perfect climax to a competition puntuated by the unlikely and the unexpected.'
-- Michael Carey, of the Daily Telegraph

Left: India's opening batsman Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who top-scored, with 38 runs, in the final.

India denied the West Indies a third consecutive title. The odds against India winning the World Cup before the tournament were 1 to 66, a true reflection of their performances in the earlier World Cups.

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