1983 Cricket World Cup Final
28th June – 1983, no Indian can ever forget this day! It is the day when India won the World Cup for the first time by defeating the mighty West Indian side.
The match was played at the Lords cricket ground. This was the third consecutive world cup final appearance for West Indies.
After losing the toss, India was asked to bat first against a West Indies team that arguably boasted the world’s best bowling attack.
The match featured some brilliant performances starting from Mohinder Amarnath scoring 26 runs off 80 balls and Kris Srikkanth scoring 38 runs off 57 balls.
Surprising resistance by the tail allowed India to compile 183 (all out, 54.4 overs).
However, the Indian bowling exploited the weather and pitch conditions perfectly to bowl out the best batting line-up of the era for 140 from 52 overs in return (Madan Lal and M.Amarnath took 3 wickets each), winning by 43 runs and completing one of the most stunning upsets in cricket history, defeating the previously invincible West Indies.
Amarnath was the most economical bowler, conceding just 12 runs from his seven overs while taking 3 wickets, and was once again awarded the Man of the Match award for his all-round performance.
Indian cricket team in England (1932)
An Indian cricket team toured England in the 1932 season under the title of the “All-India” team.
One Test match (a 3-day test from 25th june-28th June) was played at Lords Cricket ground. This was the first Test match ever played by India.
Toss was won by England and they decided to bat first.
England won by 158 runs after scoring 259 and 275-8 declared while India was bowled out for 189 and 187.
This match featured some great performances, ie from Douglas Jardine scoring 79 runs in the first innings and 85 in the second. M.Nissar took 5 wickets in the first innings while Jahangir Khan took 4 in the second.
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