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“Knew then…”: Sachin Tendulkar reveals the moment he started dreaming about a World Cup win



Recalling India’s victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar said that the Kapil Dev-led team’s victory in the marquee event made him wish to win the trophy for his country someday. India today celebrates the completion of its maiden World Cup victory under the leadership of Kapil Dev. Sachin tweeted, “Some moments in life inspire you and make you dream. It was on this day in 1983 that we won the World Cup for the first time.

In 1983, the final of the World Cup was played between India and West Indies and the latter won the toss and opted to bowl first.

The Kapil Dev-led side managed just 183 runs as Andy Roberts took three wickets while Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Larry Gomes took two wickets each.

Defending 183, India did a good job of controlling the Windies’ run flow, reducing the team to 57/3.

Soon after, the Caribbean were reduced to 76/6 and India were a strong contender to win the title from there. Mohinder Amarnath took India’s first World Cup title by taking the last wicket of Michael Holding.

In the final, West Indies were bowled out for 140 and as a result, India won the match by 43 runs.

Kapil Dev still remains an image for all Indian fans as he lifts the trophy in the balcony of Lord’s Cricket Ground.

In the final, Mohinder Amarnath was adjudged the man of the match as he scored 26 runs with the bat and also took three wickets with the ball.

India has been a regular participant in the latest edition of the World Cup since its inception. The first edition was held in 1975 and from there it has happened after every four-year period.


West Indies won the first two World Cup titles (1975, 1979) and were runners-up in 1983. India has won the title twice in 1983 and 2011.

MS Dhoni captained the 2011 team to win their second title after 28 years. Australia has won the tournament five times (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015).

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