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Today India won its first cricket World Cup 35 years ago ,read the complete story

by Surendra Kumar Jun 25, 2018 • 14:42 PM

New Delhi, June 25 (CRICKETNMORE) - It was exactly 35 years ago on this very day when an underdog Indian team led by Kapil Dev scripted history by stunning a star-studded West Indies in the final to lift the cricket World Cup in 1983 at the iconic Lord's. India's route to the final saw them comfortably make it through Group B with four wins from six games, before seeing off hosts England at Old Trafford in the semi-final.

They came up against the Windies in the final, who were on the hunt for a hat-trick of World Cup titles, but were to be shocked by 43 runs by a determined Indian bowling line-up. To mark the 35th year of India's greatest cricketing triumph at the time, and prepare for a possible repeat of the feat at the same venue in the 2019 ICC World Cup, let's relive the moments that led to India's famous triumph.

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While the entire team contributed handsomely to push India to the final, it was the skipper Kapil Dev's remarkable unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe that saved the team from an early exit. Reduced to 9/4, then 17/5 on a seaming pitch, Kapil single-handedly chased the ghosts of a defeat and ouster from the tournament with not only the highest World Cup score at the time, but was also a record score in one-day international cricket.

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