Kapil Dev led India to the ODI World Cup in 1983 under his captaincy. (Kapil dev Instagram)
On This Day in 1983: India lost 5 wickets for 17 runs against Zimbabwe in an important World Cup match. Captain Kapil Dev played a memorable innings of 175 not out in that match.
New Delhi. India surprised the world by winning the title of ODI World Champion for the first time in the year 1983. The Indian team went to England to play the World Cup under the captaincy of 24-year-old young player Kapil Dev at that time. No one expected that Kapil Dev’s team could win the World Cup. In this World Cup, Kapil Dev scored the first century of ODI cricket for India. Kapil Dev scored 175 runs in a do or die match against Zimbabwe, which was also the highest innings of any batsman in the ODI format at that time.
India’s five wickets fell for 17 runs
Zimbabwe had created a sensation by defeating Australia before this match. Electing to bat after winning the toss, the Indian team had a very poor start and Sunil Gavaskar was dismissed without opening the account on the second ball of the match. On the other hand, Srikanth, the second opener, went on for zero despite facing 13 balls. Mohinder Amarnath, who landed at number three, got out for five, Sandeep Patil 1 and Yashpal Sharma scored nine runs. Half of India’s team had returned to the pavilion for just 17 runs and it seemed that India would lose badly.
Kapil Dev played an unbeaten centuryAfter this Kapil Dev took charge. The Indian captain shared an unbeaten partnership of 126 runs with wicket-keeper batsman Syed Kirmani (24 not out) to take India’s score past 266/8 in 60 overs. Kapil Dev played a historic innings of 175 not out in 138 balls. He hit 16 fours and 6 sixes in his innings. India won this match by 31 runs.
#OnThisDay in 1983:
Leading from the front, @therealkapildev went berserk at Tunbridge Wells & slammed 175* off 138 balls against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup! 👏👏#TeamIndia🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/GNZ2uNomS0— BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2021
Kapil Dev was taking a bath and India’s five wickets fell
Kapil Dev had told about his innings that when Team India was batting, he went to take a bath, but by the time he applied soap, India lost 5 wickets. After this, he reached the crease in a hurry and played a historic innings. However, the video recording of this innings of Kapil Dev could not be done, because at that time there was a strike by the BBC broadcaster of the World Cup in England. Although Kapil has no regrets about it.