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On this day in 1983: Kapil Dev’s 175 bails India in must-win World Cup match against Zimbabwe

Kapil Dev smashed 175 runs against Zimbabwe after India were left struggling at 17/5. India later won the match by 31 runs.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 18, 2021 1:18:08 pm
India won the 1983 World cup under Kapil Dev’s leadership. (Source: ICC)

1983 World Cup triumph is referred to as the turnaround moment for Indian cricket where the pushovers became a side with grit and determination to win.

India lifted the World cup after defeating West Indies in the final but before achieving this milestone, the Kapil Dev-led side went through a pressure situation.

On June 18, 1983, India were up against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells. Kapil won the toss and elected to bat first. Against everyone’s expectations, India were in miserable position at 17/5 with not much of recognised batting to follow.

Kapil stepped in the middle and what happened next was something beyond excellence. The captain played responsible yet brutal innings and smashed 175 runs to provide his team with some much needed stability. India went on to score 266/8 in 60 overs.

Kapil Dev’s historic knock of 175 at the 1983 cricket world cup is being fondly remembered 36 years on.

— Twitter Moments India (@MomentsIndia) 18 June 2019

Kapil became the first Indian to slam ODI century without which India would not have been the World Cup champions that year. Later, riding on some economical spells from Madan Lal and Roger Binny, India registered a 31-run win over Zimbabwe.

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