The 1983 Cricket World Cup was the 3rd edition of the Cricket World Cup which England and Wales hosted. A total of eight teams participated in the event and each innings was played for 60 overs with red balls, all wearing white jerseys. The 1983 World Cup laid the foundation for professional cricket in India. India clinched their maiden World Cup title at Lord’s by beating the two times champions, the mighty West Indies in the finals by 43 runs. Mohinder Amarnath and Madan Lal’s 3 wickets apiece assisted India in successfully defending their mere total of 183 runs. Let’s checkout 1983 Cricket World Cup Indian Team Players list here –
List of 1983 Cricket World Cup Indian Team Players
In the 1983 WC, Indian skipper Kapil Dev led like a true leader. He ended the event as the highest run-getter among Indians and 5th highest overall, scoring 303 runs in 8 matches. Opponents could not even survive his deadly swing bowling, notably, he bagged 12 wickets in 8 games with a best of 5 for 43 against Australia in the group stage.
Late Indian batsman Yashpal Sharma boasted the Indian top order with his outstanding batting. Despite playing in the tough English condition, Sharma managed to exhibit his batting prowess against all quality teams and amassed 240 runs in 8 games. The veteran from Delhi played a sensational knock of 61 off 115 balls as India chased down 214 runs by 6 wickets in the semi-finals against host England.
India’s 1983 WC triumph would not have been possible without Mohinder Amarnath’s heroics with the bat and ball. Amarnath engineered India’s innings whenever needed which saw him getting 237 runs in 8 matches, including 80 off 139 balls against West Indies. With the red cherry in hand, the right-arm medium-fast bowler claimed 8 scalps in 8 matches with a best of 3/12 in the important finals against WI.
The first batsman to get 10000 test runs, legendary Sunil Gavaskar did not have a World Cup to remember. Featuring 6 games, the Mumbai-born batter aggregated only 59 runs with a highest score of 25.
Sandeep Patil stepped on the field for India as a middle-order batsman in the 1983 World Cup. playing 8 matches for his country in the mega competition, the flamboyant power hitter notched up 216 runs at an impressive strike rate of 90.00. His gutsy knock of 51* off 32 balls was crucial for India’s chase of 214 runs against England in the semi-finals.
Roger Binny spearheaded the Indian bowling attack in the 1983 World Cup. He consistently put up a show of his hostile swing bowling and dismantled every batting attack on the way. At a superb bowling average of 18.66, Binny claimed 18 wickets on 8 occasions. Binny ran through the Australian batting unit in the group match, taking 4/29 to restrict Australia to 129 while defending 247 runs.
Kris Srikkanth is a batter who did not know how to defend the ball but was a master at playing blitz knock. As a part of the playing xi in all 8 matches, the batting stalwart scored 156 runs, while his 38 off 57 deliveries in the grand final was vital for India to post 183 runs on board and eventually, register a thumping victory by 43 runs.
Madan Lal’s three-dimensional ability aided India in abundance in the 1983 WC. Lal accumulated 17 wickets in 8 matches in the tournament, which was the 3rd most by any bowler. The ace medium pacer turned the match in India’s favor with his menacing spell of 3/31 in the finals against the West Indies. He even added value to the team with willow in his hand, mustering 102 runs in 6 innings.
Wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani’s excellence with the gloves significantly helped Indian bowlers to take wickets and be triumphant against their rivals. His tally of 61 runs in 8 matches might not be captivating, however, his spectacular catch of the West Indian player Faoud Bacchus steered him to win the best wicket-keeper in the tournament award.
Balwinder Sandhu had a decent performance in the mentioned World Cup. Getting an opportunity in 8 matches, Sandhu grabbed as many wickets. He leaked runs at a misery economy rate of 3.57, dictating his fine line and length which kept the batters in limit.
21 years old Ravi Shastri got only 5 matches in his 1983 World Cup campaign. He could not perform up to expectations, only scored 40 runs, and took 5 wickets. Nevertheless, his 3 for 26 in the first match of the WC against West Indies led India home.
A swashbuckling middle-order batter and handy off-spinner, Kirti Azad was not a regular member of the playing xi. Although he played 3 matches in the event and made 15 runs along with getting a solo wicket.
Mumbai batter Dilip Vengarkar found it tough to make it to the Indian playing xi in most matches. He got featured in 2 matches and creamed 37 runs with a best of 32*.
Left-arm seamer Sunil Valson was the only member of India’s 1983 World Cup campaign who did not get a game.
Indian Team For The 1983 Cricket World Cup
Kapil Dev ©, Mohinder Amarnath (VC), Yashpal Sharma, Roger Binny, Sunil Gavaskar, Madan Lal, Syed Kirmani, Balwinder Sandhu, Sandeep Patil, Kris Srikkanth, Kirti Azad, Ravi Shastri, Dilip Vengsarkar, and Sunil Valson.
Also check out 2011 Word Cup Winner Indian Team Players List.
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