India's first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev once said, "A good fielder is more important than a poor fielder who scores a century". It was Kapil Dev's sensational catch running backwards to dismiss a dangerous Viv Richards that ended up being the turning point in the 1983 World Cup final. 38 years down the line, his statement holds as much value in this generation's competitive cricket. No wonder, fitness has become a topmost priority for each team.
This day back in 1983, the Indian team clinched their first World Cup title after registering a comprehensive 43-run win against tournament favourites, West Indies, at Lords.
The Kapil Dev-led side carved their name in the history books by winning their maiden World title. In a land where cricket is considered a religion, this day marked the beginning of India's rise at the international level.
Watch some of the precious moments from the match:
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The coveted title also kick-started a revolution with millions of young kids taking up the sport, wanting to don the national jersey and replicate the heroics of their sporting idols.
The World Cup was played with sixty overs on each side. Batting first, India had a lukewarm start, and with the highest contribution of 38 runs from Krishnamachari Srikkanth, they were bundled out for 183 runs in the first innings.
Gunning for their third successive title, a formidable West Indian batting line-up walked in for the run chase. However, quality bowling combined with the pressure of the run chase in the summit clash started to derail the opposition.
At 57 for the loss of two wickets, Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd were batting together in pursuit of the target. However with that brilliant catch of Kapil Dev, Richards was dismissed off Madan Lal for 33 runs.
Follwing Richards' exit, the middle order crumbled under pressure. The Caribbean side lost four wickets for 19 runs in the middle overs and was reeling at 76 runs for six wickets. With consistent line and length and some excellent fielding, the Indian side registered the famous 43-run victory.
The game showcased glimpses of great things to follow for Indian cricket and commenced the beginning of our dominance at the international arena.