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June 25 down the years

India's first triumph

Kapil's boys pull off one of the greatest upsets ever

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Kapil Dev bathes in the glory of that glorious day at Lord's
Kapil Dev bathes in the glory of that glorious day at Lord's © Getty Images
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1983
A memorable day for Indian cricket, and a nasty surprise for West Indies. Most people thought the Windies just had to turn up to win the World Cup final at Lord's, an opinion that was reinforced when India struggled to 183 all out. West Indies then motored to 50 for 1, with Viv Richards scything seven fours in a 28-ball 33, but the match turned when he hoicked Madan Lal high in the air and was superbly caught by Kapil Dev. The drama of 57 for 3 soon turned into a crisis at 76 for 6, as India's medium-pacers wobbled West Indies to death, and the cricket world slowly realised that a monstrous shock was on the cards. The Man of the Match was Mohinder Amarnath, for his 26 and 3 for 12. The highest score in the whole match was Kris Srikkanth's 38.

1932
Fifty-one years earlier, India's international odyssey started with their inaugural Test. They reduced England to 19 for 3 on the first morning before Douglas Jardine rescued them - twice - and that, plus a series of injuries as well as a lack of experience, meant India slid to a 158-run defeat. But their gutsy performance won great acclaim.

1963
The end of an astonishing Lord's Test between England and West Indies. When the last ball was bowled, all four results were possible. England needed six to win with their final pair, David Allen and Colin Cowdrey - broken arm and all - at the crease. Allen blocked the final ball from Wes Hall, and Cowdrey, who intended to bat left-handed to protect his arm, did not have to face a ball. It had been a sensational match, the momentum of which swung time and time again.

1934
Australia's only defeat in a Lord's Test in the 20th century. Their remarkable record - 11 wins, 13 draws and one defeat - was tarnished when Hedley Verity spun them to an innings defeat almost single-handed. Verity took 7 for 61 and 8 for 43. On this, the third and final day, he took 14 wickets for 80 runs, including six in the final hour. At one point Australia crumbled from 94 for 3 to 95 for 8. Not entirely surprisingly, this is remembered as "Verity's Match".

1955
Birth of Vic Marks, the England offspinner turned broadsheet correspondent. Marks played six Tests and 34 one-day internationals, and is one of only five England bowlers to take two five-fors in one-day internationals (Darren Gough, Mark Ealham, Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson are the others). Marks is also the only Englishman to take a five-for in a World Cup match, against Sri Lanka in 1983 on his home ground at Taunton. He struggled for penetration at Test level with the ball, although he made fifties in his last three innings, in Pakistan in 1983-84. He is now cricket correspondent of the Observer, and a regular on Test Match Special.

1953
Birth of Ian Davis, the Australian opener who played 15 Tests in the 1970s. He was only 20 when he made his debut, against New Zealand in Melbourne in 1973-74, but never really lived up to the billing. He made one Test century, against Pakistan in Adelaide in 1976-77, and a classy 68 in the second innings of the Centenary Test the same winter.

1971
Kenya's best batsman is born. The classy Steve Tikolo played for Border in South Africa, and had a first-class average of nearly 50. He top-scored in Kenya's sensational win over West Indies in the 1996 World Cup, and in the same tournament slammed 96 against Sri Lanka, and 71 against England in the 1999 World Cup. Two years previously he'd made a glorious 147 against Bangladesh in the ICC Trophy final. He took over the captaincy of the national side in 2002 but quit two years later after being at the heart of a players' strike that helped lead to the ousting of the board, following which he returned as captain. He led them to the semi-finals of the 2003 World Cup, but quit the captaincy the following year. Tikolo played in the next two World Cups, and retired at the end of the disappointing 2011 campaign.

Other birthdays
1905 Ian Cromb (New Zealand)
1923 Jack Hill (Australia)
1934 Willie Rodriguez (West Indies)
1946 Margaret Wilson (Australia)
1949 Lalith Kaluperuma (Sri Lanka)
1964 Phil Emery (Australia)
1967 Roshan Jurangpathy (Sri Lanka)
1969 Tunde Juhasz (Australia)
1971 Jason Gallian (England)

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