1983 Cricket World Cup

The 1983 ICC Cricket World Cup was the
3rd edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament. It was held from 9 June to
25 June 1983 in England and Wales and was won by India. Eight countries
participated in the event.The 1983 World Cup was full of dramatic cricket right
from the start. Teams like India and Zimbabwe who were not playing well
during those times scored upset victories over the West Indies and
Australia respectively. England, Pakistan, India and tournament
favourites West Indies qualified for the semi-finals. The preliminary matches
were played in two groups of four teams each, and each country played the others
in its group twice. The top two teams in each group qualified for the
semi-finals. The matches consisted of 60 overs per
team and were played in traditional white clothing and with red balls. They
were all played during the day. Format
The format of the 1983 World Cup was 2 groups of four teams, each team playing
each other twice. The top two teams from each group then advanced to the semi
finals with the winners further advancing to the finals. Every game was
of 60 overs with all day matches. Participants
The following 8 teams qualified for the final tournament.
Venues Squads
Group stage=Group A=
=Group B=Knockout stage
=Semi-finals=In the first semi-final, at Old Trafford
on 22 June, England won the toss and batted first. The English batsmen
mistimed many balls and used the bat’s edge frequently, as the restrictive
Indian bowling led England to score 213. Graeme Fowler top scored, and Kapil Dev
took 3 for 35 in eleven overs, with Mohinder Amarnath and Roger Binny taking
two wickets each. In reply, Yashpal Sharma and Sandeep Patil made
half-centuries, as India reached their target in 54.4 overs, winning by 6
wickets in a classic victory over the previous tournament’s runner-ups.
Mohinder Amarnath picked up the man-of-the-match award for his all round
performance, which saw him add 46 runs to his earlier bowling success.
The second semi-final, between Pakistan and the West Indies, was staged at The
Oval on the same day. West Indies won the toss and inserted Pakistan, whom
they restricted to just 184. Mohsin Khan fought his way past 50 against the
superb West Indies Bowling. Malcolm Marshall and Andy Roberts starred with
the ball. The West Indies innings was based around a superb innings by Viv
Richards, who took the man-of-the-match award, and an unbeaten half-century by
Larry Gomes as the defending champions reached their target for the loss of
just two wickets.=Final=
In the final, India lost the toss and were asked to bat first against a West
Indies team that arguably boasted the world’s best bowling attack. Only
Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Mohinder Amarnath put up any significant
resistance as Roberts, Marshall, Joel Garner and Michael Holding ripped
through the Indian batsmen, ably supported by Gomes. Surprising
resistance by the tail allowed India to compile 183.When Indian chips were down
Kapil Dev said “Team if this is not a winning total its definitely a fighting
total” One of the popular quotes of all time. However, the Indian bowling
exploited the weather and pitch conditions perfectly to bowl out the
best batting lineup of the era for 140 from 52 overs in return, winning by 43
runs and completing one of the most stunning upsets in cricket history.
Amarnath and Madan Lal each took three wickets, and one memorable moment was
the sight of Kapil Dev running a great distance to take a catch to dismiss
Richards, the West Indies top scorer with 33 from 28 balls. 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. There was no ‘Man of the Series’ awarded in 1983.
Statistics See also
India at the Cricket World Cup References
External links Cricket World Cup 1983 from Cricinfo
Scorecards of all the 1983 World Cup matches
1983 Final Highlights video on Veoh Cricket World Cup 1983

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