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A day that changed the face of Indian cricket: Tributes to Kapil Dev and Co’s 1983 World Cup triumph

On June 25, 2021, Indian fans celebrated the 38th anniversary of the country’s first cricket World Cup triumph. Kapil Dev and Co’s historic victory at Lord’s in 1983 was hailed by fans, former players and current stars with tributes on social media.

India have won two more world titles since then – the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 ODI World Cup – but what Kapil Dev’s team achieved in England back in 1983 continues to hold a special place in the hearts of Indian cricket fans.

Up against Clive Lloyd’s mighty West Indies side that had won the last two editions and with just 183 runs to defend, India did the impossible by holding their nerve and delivering a stunning performance.

Pause, rewind, play: India’s 1983 World Cup triumph changed world cricket forever

Here are some of the tributes that flowed in for that unforgettable triumph:


In 1983, India scripted one of the greatest underdog triumphs in the history of sport. Kapil Dev and Co defeated the mighty West Indies to lift the World Cup.

🎥 ICCpic.twitter.com/IVdkE3bThE

— The Field (@thefield_in) June 24, 2021

38 years ago on 25th June #1983, @therealkapildev #KapilsDevils created history.
Bharat mata was #WorldCupChampions @RaviShastriOfc @BCCI
We are all together and celebrating. Minus #SunilGavaskar and #RaviShastri they’re in England. Srikanth is missing due to domestic issues pic.twitter.com/pJFnvvEvPK

— Kirti Azad…

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