Kapil Dev's running-backwards catch to dismiss Viv Richards was the turning point of the 1983 World Cup final
Kapil Dev's running-backwards catch to dismiss Viv Richards was the turning point of the 1983 World Cup final © Getty Images

World Cup - 1983

The big upset

The double-world champions were knocked off their pedestal by upstarts India - a result that triggered the era of South Asian domination of cricket's finances. India upset West Indies in the early running, went past a below-par England in the semis, and somehow managed to emerge on the right side of a low-scoring final where Mohinder Amarnath and Madan Lal wobbled the mighty Windies to their doom...


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Player Mat Runs HS Ave SR
DI Gower (Eng) 7 384 130 76.80 84.95
IVA Richards (WI) 8 367 119 73.40 81.19
G Fowler (Eng) 7 360 81* 72.00 62.82
Zaheer Abbas (Pak) 7 313 103* 62.60 81.72
N Kapil Dev (India) 8 303 175* 60.60 108.99
Player Mat Wkts BBI Ave Econ
RMH Binny (India) 8 18 4/29 18.66 3.81
ALF de Mel (SL) 6 17 5/32 15.58 4.01
S Madan Lal (India) 8 17 4/20 16.76 3.43
RJ Hadlee (NZ) 6 14 5/25 12.85 2.76
VJ Marks (Eng) 7 13 5/39 18.92 3.15
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Who had the most 50-plus scores in the tournament??

a. Graeme Fowler b. Greg Chappell c. Larry Gomes

Sandhu strikes India against West Indies was not exactly an even contest, and a paltry target of 183 was not one that was expected to test the likes of Gordon Greenidge. Lulled into complacency, perhaps, Greenidge, facing Balwinder Sandhu, left alone what he saw to be a fairly innocuous delivery outside off stump. The "infamous" Lord's slope, though, brought the ball back in, and to Greenidge's horror, it hit off stump. India had drawn first blood...


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Zimbabwe shock Australia
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'I could sense that this is death'
How We Won the World Cup: 1983, part one: Sandeep Patil looks back at the tournament: playing without expectations and coming up against a pumped-up West Indies team ()
'Kapil's innings was the turning point for the team'
How We Won the World Cup: 1983, part two: Sandeep Patil talks about India's come-from-behind win against Zimbabwe, and beating Australia in the World Cup for the first time ()
'I had decided that I am going to go after the bowling'
How We Won the World Cup: 1983, part three: Sandeep Patil speaks about what irked the Indian players ahead of the semi-final against England, and his match-winning knock in the semi-final ()
'Even the wives felt that match will get over in an hour'
How We Won the World Cup: 1983, part four: Sandeep Patil talks about Balwinder Sandhu's unplayable delivery to Gordon Greenidge, and India's journey from no-hopers to World Cup champions ()
'Kapil's innings gave India the confidence to win the World Cup'
Great World Cup Performances: Ian Chappell on how India's captain took them from the brink of an embarrassing defeat to the world title ()