11 Unknown and interesting facts about India’s World cup win in 1983:
Undoubtedly, India’s win in the Cricket World cup 1983 remained as one of the revolutionary moments in history.
Indians are known for their craze towards the game of cricket. Although originated in England, Indians have owned it with a big heart and registered their first title win in the third world cup event. Big moments attract hidden unknown facts along with. Even if you are not a cricket fan, the following interesting facts about India’s first world cup win will surely surprise and inspire you. Let’s get into the details without further ado.
While leaving for England, the Indian cricket team could not afford the coach, physiotherapist, or even a doctor.
Only one support staff named PR Maan Singh from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) travelled as team manager.
With such difficulties of not having a person as a designated coach, MohinderAmarnath took the responsibility to guide the team. He also helped the captain Kapil Dev in choosing the batting order and bowlers before the start of the match.
India is the only team to defend the lowest total of 183 in the World cup history, an unbreakable record indeed.
MohinderAmarnath, with an outstanding bowling figure (3 wickets at the expense of 12 runs only) was adjudged Man of the Match (MoM) award and received a 600-pound cash prize.
Indian opener batsman KrishnamachaiSrikkanth scored the highest run (38) of both innings.
Indian bowler RoggerBinny claimed the maximum number of wickets (18) in the World cup 1983.
Singing maestro LataMangeskar organized a concert to acknowledge the winning team and the money obtained (around 15 lakhs Indian rupees) from it was distributed to the fourteen Indian cricketers.
Cricketers used to get 12,500 per match at that time, while after this famous win BCCI announced a cash prize of 2 lakhs for the team.
Throughout the tournament, every match took place in day time as the kookaburra red ball was used.
During the tournament, David Firth, the then monthly editor of Wisden Cricket stated that he would eat his words if the Indian team won the World cup. Later that famous win, few readers asked to keep his words.
Literally, India stunned the cricket community throughout the World by this miraculous hard-fought win as none expected any good from the team. This world cup win injected a sense of confidence among Indians which generated an enormous fan following for cricket in India. Whenever a list is to be made about the triumphs of India, this win will surely be placed within the top 5. Truly an inspiring moment of Indian sports.