ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 1983 Top Runs Scorer (Kapil Dev)

Let’s take a look at ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 1983 Top Runs Scorer (Kapil Dev).

The 1983 Cricket World Cup was a milestone in Indian cricket history and one of the highlights of that World Cup was Kapil Dev’s record 175 innings which paved the way for the World Cup .

On this very day, June 18, 1983, when India played Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells, England, Kapil was leading the way, 4-6 in a game that initially looked out of reach for India. 

The game started with Sunil Gavsakar and Krishnamachari Srikkanth opening, but Gavaskar returned to the pavilion after the second ball of the game and Srikkat was soon dismissed. Mohinder Amarnath and Sandeep Patil bounced back quickly after a total of six runs. 

At that point, Kapil Dev came out to join Yashpal Sharma and Roger Binny. The score was now 17/5. The partnership between Kapil and Binny worked in India’s favour. Kapil was joined by Ravi Shastri on the scoreboard 78/7. 

Kapil Dev then started hitting fours and sixes in every direction and ended the match with an unbeaten 175 to take India to 266/8. Kapil hit 6 sixes and 16 fours during the innings. 

The match went in India’s favor as India beat Zimbabwe by 38 runs to qualify for the World Cup finals and eventually made history.

The only unfortunate part of this lively anecdote is that it was the only match that was not recorded on video because the BBC, the official broadcaster of the match, went on strike. 

However, this cricket folklore lives on in the hearts of cricket fans and Indians as Kapil Dev became the first Indian to score 100 in ODIs.

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