June 25, 1983: India lifts first-ever Cricket World Cup
India created history on June 25, 1983 by defeating the mighty West Indies in the cricket world cup final at Lord’s, England and lifting the coveted world cup trophy. India with its win put a halt to the hat-trick hopes of the West Indies juggernaut.
The West Indies had won the first two editions of the cricket world cup, held in 1975 and 1979 and the team had been looking to win the third in 1983. However, India, which was considered as the underdogs in the tournament, surprised everyone including the players themselves by qualifying for the finals and defeating the Windies in an unthinkable result.
1983 World Cup Highlights
• The World Cup tournament, held from June 9-25 in England and Wales, saw participation from eight nations.
• The qualifying teams included Australia, West Indies, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
• The teams were divided into two groups of four with each team playing against each other twice. The top two teams from the group qualified for the semi-finals. India and West Indies had qualified from Group B, while England and Pakistan had qualified from Group A.
• The matches comprised 60 overs and were played in traditional white clothing and with red balls. They were all played during the day.
India’s win: Rise of Underdogs
India, considered as one of the weak sides before heading into the tournament beat the mighty West Indies in their very first group match. In their final encounter in the world cup finals, though India struggled a bit, it was eventually able to yet again triumph over West Indies, one of the best cricket teams of that time, to create a new history in Indian cricket. India’s World Cup victory was something even the players had not imagined, as they had not thought that India would progress beyond the group stage.
India’s first world cup victory is the only time India has lifted the prized trophy away from home. It is notable that this day comes around the same time when India is gearing up to repeat the history with its unbeaten performance in the ongoing cricket world cup.
India’s world cup victory day declared as a public holiday
The then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was a big cricket fan, declared June 25th as a public holiday following India’s historic win!