Kapil Dev led the Indian cricket team wore the crown for the first time on this day in 1983 World Cup Cricket, defeating the potent West Indies side by 43 runs at Lord’s. All-rounder Mohinder Amarnath played a momentous role in winning the final for India. Firstly with the bat, he scored a patient 26 runs off 80 balls, and with the ball took three wickets to hammer West Indies. It was never an easy task to beat the two times World Cup West Indies .
The Caribbean skipper Clive Lloyd invited India to bat first keeping their robust bowling lineup consisted of Malcolm Marshall, Micheal Holding, and Andy Roberts in mind. Batting first India could score only 183 runs, a commendable score of that era. Opener Srikkanth notched up the most runs in the match, 38 from 57 balls in the tough batting condition. Sandip Patil and Kapil Dev contributed with 26 and 15 runs apiece.
West Indies had the best batsmen to win the match but India’s brilliant bowling restricted them for 140 runs at the home of cricket. Spinner Madan Lal scalped three important wickets of Sir Vivian Richards, Larry Gomes & Haynes. Mohinder Amarnath also joined the party and sent three Caribbean to the dugout in the most vital game of the 1983 World Cup cricket. the skipper of India, Kapil Dev got 1 wicket conceding only 21 runs in 11 overs, and became the first Indian captain to win a World Cup.
Mohinder Amarnath was conferred the Man of the Match awards for his exceptional performance with the ball and bat.