India 1983

2010-12-13 14:32
1983 - India



Who was there?

The 6 Test nations England, Australia, West Indies, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, as well as Sri Lanka, who were still not a Test nation, and minnows Zimbabwe.

Tournament Star

Mohinder Amarnath, whose bowling figures of 3/12 from seven overs stunned the West Indies into defeat in the Final.

Missed the point

Pakistan's opener, Mohsin Khan, who scratched his way to an apologetic 70 off 176 during the semi-final against England, causing catastrophe at the other end as his team mates frantically tried to up the temp.

What happened in the Final?

In advance it looked like an anticlimax. It would surely be another big day for West Indies cricket, and no more than a big day out for the Indians. When India were strangled for 183, and Richards led West Indies to 50 for 1 in reply, Caribbean celebrations began. But then Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath - who finished their careers with a combined total of 103 wickets from 108 Tests - wobbled the ball around, and somehow took three wickets each to dismiss a disbelieving West Indies for 140. Upsets don't come much bigger.

Cricket is just like that
In their first-ever Cup game Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 runs, but even this looked commonplace after some chaos in Kent. Coming in to bat for India against Zimbabwe at a disastrous 17 for 5, Kapil Dev  turned the tranquillity of Tunbridge Wells on its head by blasting an undefeated 175 out of 266 for 8, with 16 fours and six sixes. He put on a Cup-record 126 for the ninth wicket with Syed Kirmani, whose 24 not out was India's next-best score.


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