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1983 Saga: A match which broke Mighty King Clive Lloyd's Army and Went off All Records
The 1983 World Cup was full of dramatic Cricket moments right from the start. Teams like India and Zimbabwe, who were not playing well in those times scored victories over the then masters West Indies and Australia respectively. England, Pakistan, India and tournament favorites West Indies qualified for the semifinals.213 proved to be unlucky number for England cricket team when they faced Indian cricket team in 1983 world cup semi-final. Superb bowling performance from Roger Binny, Mohinder Amarnath (46 runs), Yashpal Sharma (61) & Sandeep Patil (51*) ensured victory and entry into the finals to take on the mighty West Indian team led by Clive Lloyd who was ready for Hat Trick in World cup.
25 June 1983 Lord's Cricket Ground, England: India lost the toss and West Indies elected to ball first asking India to bat first against the team with world’s best bowling attack. Roberts, Marshall, Joel Garner and Michael Holding ripped through the Indian batting line-up and bundled up the entire team for only 183 runs in 54.4 overs. For most viewers, the final result was too easy to predict. West Indies cricket team, which was looking for a hat-trick of World Cup titles were the obvious favourites. West Indies restricted India for 183 runs, with only Kris Srikanth (38 runs) providing some scoring relief.
What sets apart 1983 Indian Cricket team than 2011 MS Dhoni’s World Cup winning team? Well, Dhoni is the Captain of India’s best ever Cricket team but Kapil Dev was the best ever Captain of Indian Cricket team.
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