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...
|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|
|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|
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...
It was 17 for 5 and humiliation stared India in the face. From that point on, Kapil Dev produced one of the greatest ODI knocks stroking a spectacular unbeaten 175 with 16 fours and six sixes. Together with Syed Kirmani he added 126 for the ninth wicket and took India to a competitive 266, which they successfully defended.