Before the start of the World Cup, nobody had afforded to fancy India being crowned with World Cup – something that can be corroborated by the fact that bookmakers had quoted them (Indian team) at 66-1 to win cricket’s biggest tournament.

However, the tag of ‘underdogs’ did the trick as it helped the team to play sans any pressure and Indian boys won the World Cup by beating Clive Lloyd-led West Indies team by 43 runs in the finals at the spiritual home of cricket – the Lords.

It was a watershed event in the cricketing game that marked the start of a new era of South Asian dominance in the game.

The Windies team at that time boasted of some of the biggest names of the game like Sir Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall and it was no easy prospect for the Indians to outclass them.

The script was going on as planned for the team from the Caribbean Islands as Lloyd won the toss in a fully-packed Lords stadium and sent the ‘not-so-fancied’ Indian team into batting.

Kris Srikkanth's tenacious 57-ball 38, Mohinder Amarnath’s sheet anchor 108-ball 26 run innings and an attacking 29-ball 27 from Sandeep Patil helped India to post a modest total of 183 runs in 54.4 overs.

Among Windies’ bowlers, the usual suspects – the pace trio of Andy Roberts, Marshall and Holding – did the maximum damage to the Indian hopes of posting a decent total in the finals.

Roberts took three wickets while Marshall and Holding claimed two each to torment Indian batters.



Amarnath’s contribution on Indian cricket’s finest day cannot go without a mention as the brilliant allrounder grabbed the Man of the Match awards in both the semi-final and the final of the Prudential World Cup.

The scenes of an elated Kapil Dev holding the World Cup trophy remain still fresh in the minds of cricket aficionados.

It was indeed an unforgettable day when Indian cricket came of age and brought happiness on the faces of millions of Indian fans by winning its first World Cup.


India innings (60 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR

Sunil Gavaskar c Dujon b Roberts 2 12 0 0 16.66

Kris Srikkanth lbw b Marshall 38 57 7 1 66.66

Mohinder Amarnath b Holding 26 80 3 0 32.50

Yashpal Sharma c sub (AL Logie) b Gomes 11 32 1 0 34.37

Sandeep Patil c Gomes b Garner 27 29 0 1 93.10

Kapil Dev* c Holding b Gomes 15 8 3 0 187.50

Kirti Azad c Garner b Roberts 0 3 0 0 0.00

Roger Binny c Garner b Roberts 2 8 0 0 25.00

Madan Lal b Marshall 17 27 0 1 62.96

Syed Kirmani b Holding 14 43 0 0 32.55

Balwinder Sandhu not out 11 30 1 0 36.66

Extras (b 5, lb 5, w 9, nb 1) 20









Total (all out; 54.4 overs) 183 (3.34 runs per over)

Bowling O M R W Econ


Andy Roberts 10 3 32 3 3.20


Joel Garner 12 4 24 1 2.00


Malcolm Marshall 11 1 24 2 2.18


Michel Holding 9.4 2 26 2 2.68


H Gomes 11 1 49 2 4.45


Viv Richards 1 0 8 0 8.00










West Indies innings (target: 184 runs from 60 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR

Gordan Greenidge b Sandhu 1 11 12 0 0 8.33

Desmond Haynes c Binny b Madan Lal 13 45 33 2 0 39.39

Viv Richards c Kapil Dev b Madan Lal 33 42 28 7 0 117.85

Clive Lloyd* c Kapil Dev b Binny 8 32 17 1 0 47.05

H Gomes c Gavaskar b Madan Lal 5 18 16 0 0 31.25

SFAF Bacchus c †Kirmani b Sandhu 8 37 25 0 0 32.00

PJL Dujon b Amarnath 25 94 73 0 1 34.24

Malcolm Marshall c Gavaskar b Amarnath 18 73 51 0 0 35.29

AndyRoberts lbw b Kapil Dev 4 16 14 0 0 28.57

Joel Garner not out 5 34 19 0 0 26.31

Michael Holding lbw b Amarnath 6 28 24 0 0 25.00

Extras (lb 4, w 10) 14











Total (all out; 52 overs) 140 (2.69 runs per over)
Fall of 










Bowling O M R W Econ


Kapil Dev 11 4 21 1 1.90


Balwinder Sandhu 9 1 32 2 3.55


Madan Lal 12 2 31 3 2.58


Roger Binny 10 1 23 1 2.30


Mohinder Amarnath 7 0 12 3 1.71


Kirti Azad 3 0 7 0 2.33

Umpires HD Bird and BJ Meyer

JPN