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The winning Indian cricket team of the 1983 World Cup. India vs West Indies played the Final match at London’s Lord’s Stadium (England).

In 1983, the Indian team won the Cricket World Cup:

The summers of 1983 saw history being created. The cricket team that was not even expected to win more than a couple of matches in the Prudential World Cup ‘83 stunned everyone by lifting the cup for the first time in its history. The team of India in the 1983 World Cup was an incredible team that made a lot of records in the history of cricket for different-different parameters.

Even though the 1983 World Cup was almost four decades ago, the historic final between India and the West Indies continues to maintain a unique place in the hearts of Indian cricket fans.

The Indian cricket team has since won two additional world championships – the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 ODI World Cup – but what Kapil Dev’s side accomplished in England is unparalleled.

You may read:- ICC T20 World Cup Winners from 2007 to 2022

The 1983 World Cup was not just a game, it was a story of determination, perseverance, and confidence. The world saw a strong, willing-to-win, and victorious India then.

1983 world cup final indian team players name with photo

The sprinting catch by Kapil Dev to send Sir Viv Richards back to the pavilion in the 1983 World Cup final at Lord’s is still imprinted in the minds of the generation who cheered Indian Cricket when the association itself had a little faith in itself.

In many respects, the triumph was significant. It marked the start of a new era in Indian cricket. With only 183 runs to defend against Clive Lloyd’s strong West Indies, Kapil’s Devils pulled off the unimaginable by making a remarkable performance to win the prized title.

And here’s the list of the experts who pushed the generations to dream big and turn them into reality.

1983 world cup india team squad

1983 World Cup Final Match Details:

1983 World cup final match team India vs West Indies
Indian Team Captain Kapil Dev
West Indies Team Captain Clive Lloyd
Ground Name Lord’s Stadium, London, England
Toss Won By West Indies, elected to field first
Series Name Prudential World Cup 1983
Tournament Final Result India won by 43 runs the 1983 Prudential World Cup
Format of Match One Day (60-over match)
Umpires Name Dickie Bird and Barrie Meyer
Star Player Of The Match Mohinder Amarnath

1983 World Cup Final Team India Squad:-

Details of Team India’s World Championship squad in 1983 are given in the table.

Player Name Birthday (Age in 1983) Role Batting Style Bowling Style
Kapil Dev (C) 6 January 1959 (24) All-rounder Right hand Right-arm fast-medium
Mohinder Amarnath (VC) 24 September 1950 (33) All-rounder Right hand Right-arm medium
Kirti Azad 2 January 1959 ( 24) All-rounder Right-hand Right-arm off-spinner
Roger Binny 19 July 1955 (28) All-rounder Right-hand Right-arm fast-medium
Sunil Gavaskar 10 July 1949 (34) Batsman Right hand Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak
Syed Kirmani (wk) 29 December 1949 (34) Wicket Keeper Right-handed Right-arm off-break
Madan Lal 20 March 1951 (32) Bowler Right-hand Right-arm medium
Sandip Patil 18 August 1956 (27) All-rounder Right-hand Right-arm medium
Balwinder Sandhu 3 August 1956 (27) Bowler Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Yashpal Sharma 11 August 1954 (29) Wicket Keeper Right-handed Right-arm medium
Ravi Shastri 27 May 1962 (21) All-rounder Right-hand Slow left-arm orthodox
Krishnamachari Srikkanth 21 December 1959 (24) Batsman Right hand Right-arm medium
Sunil Valson 2 October 1958 (25) Left-arm medium-pacer Right-hand Left-arm medium
Dilip Vengsarkar 6 April 1956 (27) Batsman Right hand Right-arm medium

Let’s get to know each of the 1983 World Cup Indian team players’ name:-

1. Kapil Dev – (Captain of the 1983 World Cup Team)

Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev then scored 175*, the first century by an Indian in an ODI and the best individual score in an ODI at the time. The skipper is now a successful commentator and businessman. He owns a company that installs floodlights in the major sports venue in India. It is called Dev Musco Lighting.

2. Mohinder Amarnath – (Vice-Captain of the 1983 World Cup Team)

Mohinder Amarnath

Mohinder Amarnath is one of India’s best cricket players. He played in the Cricket World Cup in 1983 and he was Vice-Captain of the 1983 World Cup team. The name Mohinder Amarnath sounds really cool! He was one of the best players on India’s team when they won the Cricket World Cup in 1983. To be related to the game, he now works as a cricket analyst for various news channels.

3. Kirti Azad – (All-rounder)

Kirti Azad

As a member of the 1983 Indian World Cup team, Kirti Azad was an aggressive right-handed batsman and a quick off-spinner. A wicket was taken by Kirti Azad in the semifinals of the 1983 World Cup. Just like his father, the veteran cricketer is now serving the nation by being an influential politician.

4. Roger Binny – (All-rounder)

Roger Binny

Do you know who Roger Binny is? Roger Binny, is a man of many talents. He’s a cricket player and he’s from India. In 1983, Roger Binny was the most successful bowler in the Indian Cricket Team in the 1983 World Cup. he played for the Indian team and took 18 wickets. He also serves as an office-bearer for the Karnataka State Cricket Association.

5. Sunil Gavaskar – (Batsman)

Sunil Gavaskar

In the popular ‘Team of 1983,’ Sunil Gavaskar was the main hitter. Formerly, he starred for the Indian cricket team as an opening batsman in 1983. Now he is a major commentator for India. No less than one of the finest cricket commentators internationally, Gavaskar has always been involved with the game in one way or the other. He has been the Vice-president of the MCA, BCCI president, ICC match referee, and Chairman of the ICC cricket committee.

6. Syed Kirmani (wk) – (Wicket Keeper)

Syed Kirmani

Syed Kirmani is an important person in cricket.  Indian Cricket Team wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani played in the 1983 tournament. The catch of Faoud Bacchus against the West Indies in the final match made Syed Kirmani the best wicketkeeper of the 1983 world cup.

7. Madan Lal – (Bowler)

Madan Lal

He has coached the UAE cricket team and the Indian cricket team for a while. Now, he is training young talent in his cricket academy in Siri Fort Sports Complex, Delhi. We also see him on television sometimes analyzing the game and sharing his insightful inputs.

8. Sandip Patil – (All-rounder)

Sandip Patil

Sandeep Patil was a player on the Indian cricket team for the 1983 World Cup. He then became the first coach for the Indian cricket team and later coached Kenya’s cricket team. A middle-order batsman and medium-pace bowler occasionally. He was also the chairman of selectors in the BCCI.

9. Balwinder Sandhu – (Bowler)

Balwinder Sandhu

He is maintaining a low-key life out of the limelight. The Indian World Cup victory in 1983 had a great role on Balwinder Singh Sandhu. With an economy rate of 3.57, he picked up 8 wickets in World Cup. The successful bowler picked up the wickets of Gordon Greenidge and Jeff Dujon in the final with a crucial 30-ball 11.

10. Yashpal Sharma – (Wicket Keeper)

Yashpal Sharma

The late cricketer became the chief selector for the Indian cricket team. He also headed the Delhi Cricket Advisory Committee.

11. Ravi Shastri – (All-rounder)

Ravi Shastri

The all-rounder was the director of the Indian cricket team and then served as the head coach. That was the era when India played its greatest white-ball cricket. The 1983 World Cup was won by the 1983 India squad team..

12. Krishnamachari Srikkanth – (Batsman)

Krishnamachari Srikkanth

The member of the All India Council of Sports has also served as the coach to India’s “A” team. He is an amazing commentator and is often found analyzing cricket matches on various news channels.

13. Sunil Valson – (Left-arm medium-pacer)

Sunil Valson

Although he did not get to play the match in the series, he would always be one of the greatest supporters that backed India then. He is currently the manager of Delhi Capitals.

14. Dilip Vengsarkar (Batsman)

Dilip Vengsarkar

He is giving the game back all that he owes. He runs three cricket academies; two in Mumbai and one in Pune. Selected players get free training here.

Their Historic Win: A Story Behind The 83 Movie That Was Inspired by the 1983 World Cup

The 83 movie was a fine hit. It gave the 1983 fans a chance to relive the moments and the young fans who had not witnessed the historic 1983 World Cup a chance to observe the madness on screen!!!

The 1983 team-inspired movie featured the journey of the 1983 World Cup team India squad, showcasing all the big moments and matches of the tournament.

83 cricket world cup movie

Let us take you back to their Journey:-

The Indian Cricket Team arrived as a team that was considered the underdogs of the tournament, and there were doubts that they could even pull off a single victory. 

In the press conference before India’s first match, Indian captain Kapil Dev mentioned that –

“We(the Indian team) are here to win(the World Cup)”. The statement was laughed off and not taken seriously given India’s performance in the last 2 World Cups. But the great Kapil Dev meant it and later proved, that they were literally there to win the cup.

India’s Campaign
India was placed in Group B alongside the mighty West Indies, a strong Australia, and Zimbabwe. 

India was up against the 2-time consecutive World Champions West Indies in their first game of the championship.

1. India vs West Indies

June 9th and 10th, Manchester 
West Indies elected to field first. Batting first India did not have a great start. Indian openers Kris Srikkanth and Sunil Gavaskar were dismissed for 14 and 19 respectively. India’s no.3 and 4 also got starts but could not convert them into big scores. India’s star with the bat was Yashpal Sharma who scored 89 of 120 balls in an innings which included 9 cracking boundaries. With contributions from Roger Binny(27) and Madan Lal (21) at the end, India managed to put 262 runs on the board which was a really good score.

In reply, West Indies was bundled out for 228, Madan Lal, Ravi Shastri picked up 3 wickets each, and to the surprise of the cricketing world, India defeated the West Indies by 34 runs. It was West Indies’ first ever defeat in the world cup. The victory over the West Indies was a testament to the fact that this 1983 Indian cricket team was something else.

Player of the match-
Yashpal Sharma 

2. India vs Zimbabwe 

June 11th, Leicester
India cricket team had a great outing against the West Indies a day before and was all set to do their stuff all over again against Zimbabwe. India won the toss and elected to field first. Zimbabwe were bowled out for a meager total of 155 courtesy of great spells from Madan Lal and Roger Binny. India chased the total down comfortably for the loss of 5 wickets. Mohinder ‘Jimmy’ Amarnath(44) and Sandip Patil top-scored for India. India was 2 wins in 2 matches and was on the top of the table of Group B.

Player of the match-
Madan Lal

3. India vs Australia

June 13th, Nottingham
This was another tough match for the 1983 World Cup Indian team at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. India though managed to strike early and got the wicket of Kepler Wessels. However, after that, it was all Australia till the 60th over. Australian opener Trevor Chappell smashed 110, Australian captain Kim Hughes made 52 and Graham Yallop scored 66, taking the total score to 320 runs. 

For India, Kapil Dev took a five-wicket haul while Madan Lal struck twice.
India was bowled out for just 158 and suffered a huge 162-run defeat.

4. India vs West Indies

June 15th, The Oval
This time, the West Indies were like wounded lions and wanted their revenge against India. They won the toss and batted first, and batted really well. World no.1 batter of the time Sir Vivian Richards, smashed a cracking ton at a strike rate of 80-plus. And contributions from Desmond Haynes(38) and Clive Lloyd(41) took West Indies’ score to 282 for 9.

India was unable to chase the score and fell short by 66 runs.

After this defeat, India was in a spot of bother and had to win the coming matches to qualify for the semi-finals. Indian captain Kapil Dev was not happy with the performances of the players and wanted everybody to give their 100 percent. He motivated the players and told them that they had to win the World Cup to prove their abilities as a team.

5. India vs Zimbabwe

June 18th, Tunbridge Wells
A must-win match for India, this was the match in which Kapil Dev created the world record for the highest runs in an ODI. Batting first India was 9 for 4 when the Haryana Hurricane Kapil Dev walked to the crease. Kapil Dev alone scored 175* off just 138 balls with the help of 16 fours and 6 sixes. It was the best innings you would ever see by any batsman in world cricket. Kapil single-handedly took India to 266 at the end of 60 overs.

Zimbabwe could only make 235 and lost the match by 31 runs.

Kapil Dev received a lot of praise for the innings. It is a pity that the BBC was on strike that day and Kapil Dev’s innings was never recorded and shown on tv. However, Kapil Dev has no regrets about it and is grateful for the love he has received from the people.

6. India vs Australia

June 20th, Chelmsford
India’s last group match, against Australia was played in Chelmsford on June 20th,1983. India won the toss and elected to bat first, nobody in the Indian line-up got 50 but every batsman contributed and India reached 247. Roger Binny and Madan Lal bowled brilliantly and Australia was dismissed for just 129, India was through to the semis!!!

Player of the match- Roger Binny

7. India vs England (Semi-Final)

June 22nd, Manchester
This was a big occasion and India played it like one. Bowling first, Kapil Dev and Roger Binny bowled brilliant spells picking 3 and 2 wickets respectively. India’s main all-rounder Jimmy Amarnath also picked 2 wickets while Kirti Azad bowled got 1 wicket along with being economical. India restricted England to 213 courtesy of some excellent bowling.

It was time to chase and the batters responded impressively. Yashpal Sharma(61), and Sandeep Patil(51) scored 50s while Mohinder Amarnath made 46. India won the match comfortably and was through to the Final.

Player of the match- Mohinder Amarnath

8. India vs West Indies (Final)

25 June, Lord’s
The big final was played at Lord’s, the home of cricket. India and West Indies were facing each other for the 3rd time in the tournament with a scoreline of 1-1. This was the match that mattered end of the day and decide who would be crowned the champion. 

Things did not as planned for India and they were bowled out for just 183 runs. Kris Srikkanth was the top scorer with 38 runs. Any team would have given up after such a low score but the Indian team had other ideas. They dismissed a world-class West Indies batting line-up for just 140 runs and Mohinder Amarnath picked 3 wickets and gave away just 12 runs in his 7 overs. India won the World Cup for the very first time!!!.

Some important stats and records that were created by the Indian team and Indian players at 1983 World Cup-

  1. India became the first ever team to beat West Indies in a World Cup match.
  2. Kapil’s 175 run knock was the highest individual score by any batsman in ODIs at that time.
  3. Roger Binny was the highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 18 wickets to his name.
  4. Kapil Dev played the World Cup with a strike rate of 109 which was the best in the tournament.
  5. Mohinder Amarnath won successive man of the match awards in the semi-final and final.

Some standout performances by Indian players in 1983 World Cup-

  1. Kapil Dev 175* vs Zimbabwe.
  2. Yashpal Sharma 89 vs West Indies.
  3. Sandeep Patil’s quick fire 51 runs against England in the semi-final.
  4. Madan Lal 3-wicket haul in the Final vs West Indies.
  5. Roger Binny and Madan Lal’s 4-wicket hauls vs Australia.
  6. Mohinder Amarnath’s all round performances in the knockouts. 

The 1983 World Cup Team India Squad & 83 Movie Roles

1983 WORLD CUP INDIAN TEAM PLAYER’S NAME

ROLE

83 MOVIE ROLE PLAYED BY

Kapil Dev (C)

All-Rounder

Ranveer Singh 

Mohinder Amarnath

All-Rounder

Saqib Saleem

Madan Lal 

Bowler

Hardy Sandhu

Roger Binny

Bowler

Nishant Dahiya

Yashpal Sharma

Batsman

Jatin Sharma

Ravi Shastri

All-Rounder

Dhairya Karwa

Balwinder Singh Sandhu

Bowler

Ammy Virk

Kirti Azad

Bowler

Dinker Sharma

Syed Kirmani

Wk-Batsman

Sahil Khattar

Sunil Valson

All-Rounder

R Badree

Sunil Gavaskar

Batsman

Tahir Raj Bhasin

Kris Srikkanth

Batsman

Jiiva

Sandeep Patil

Batsman

Chirag Patil

Dilip Vengasarkar

Batsman

Adinath Kothare

These are the 14 men who were part of the World Cup winning team and deserve to be celebrated. Along with the players, PR Man Singh the team manager of the 1983 India world cup squad also played a crucial role in the success of the team.

In 1983, India’s batting and bowling averages Records:-

In the 9-day series, with 27 matches played in total, the 1983 World Cup squad India created history. With Kapil Dev’s 175 knockout and the confidence of the team in its skipper’s vision, India leaped a step further in dreaming bigger.

Prudential World Cup, 1983: India Batting Records:

Player Name No of Matches innings Not Out Runs Highest Score Average Strike Rate
N Kapil Dev 8 8 3 303 175* 60.6 108.99
DB Vengsarkar 2 2 1 37 32* 37 50.68
Yashpal Sharma 8 8 1 240 89 34.28 64
S Madan Lal 8 6 3 102 27 34 64.96
SM Patil 8 8 1 216 51* 30.85 90
M Amarnath 8 8 0 237 80 29.62 46.74
K Srikkanth 8 8 0 156 39 19.5 61.9
BS Sandhu 8 4 2 28 11* 14 45.16
SMH Kirmani 8 6 1 61 24* 12.2 41.78
RMH Binny 8 6 0 73 27 12.16 53.67
RJ Shastri 5 5 1 40 17 10 57.97
SM Gavaskar 6 6 0 59 25 9.83 49.16
KBJ Azad 3 2 0 15 15 7.5 71.42

World Cup, 1983 India Bowling Averages Records

Player Name Matches innings Overs maiden Runs wickets BB Average Economy rate
KBJ Azad 3 3 17 1 42 1 Jan-28 42 2.47
N Kapil Dev 8 8 84 13 245 12 May-43 20.41 2.91
S Madan Lal 8 8 83 8 285 17 Apr-20 16.76 3.43
BS Sandhu 8 8 83 10 297 8 Feb-26 37.12 3.57
M Amarnath 8 6 49 2 178 8 03-Dec 22.25 3.63
RMH Binny 8 8 88 9 336 18 Apr-29 18.66 3.81
RJ Shastri 5 4 20.1 1 87 4 Mar-26 21.75 4.31
SM Patil 8 2 9 0 61 0 6.77
SM Gavaskar 6
SMH Kirmani 8
K Srikkanth 8
DB Vengsarkar 2
Yashpal Sharma 8

From now to then, the lives of these cricketers have always been around the game. The squad saw a lot of conflicts, and a lack of confidence in the initial stages, but then the underdogs surpassed all speculation to lift the grand trophy and create history. 

Read more:- 1983 World Cup Kapil Dev scores 175 in India vs Zimbabwe

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.

And it was exactly what the skipper believed in. It is on record that each time he was asked about the expectations from the series or how far Team India would go in the series, he had just a simple sentence to respond, “We Here to Win.”

Why was the 1983 World Cup win the greatest in history?

India was not the greatest of cricket teams before the 1983 World Cup and had only won one match in the last two editions combined, and that too against East Africa. Nobody had given India a chance to win more than 1st match let alone the World Cup. Yet, the belief and positive energy that Kapil Dev instilled in his team was the reason India won the WorldCup, defeating the West Indies, one of the most dangerous teams to have played the game.

Conclusion

India won the 1983 World Cup against all odds and scripted history. This victory changed the whole course of Indian cricket and took the sport to a different level. It inspired many Indians to play the wonderful game and made everyone a fan of the game.

1983 World Cup-winning India squad tweets joy over the win.

 

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