18 Facts of the World Cup 83 Every Indian Must Know

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18 Facts of the World Cup 83 Every Indian Must Know

#1. Roger Binny finished the World Cup tournament as the highest wicket-taker with 18 wickets to his name. He was the first Indian among three to finish the World Cup as a leading wicket-taker. After him only Anil Kumble (1996) and Zaheer Khan (joint in 2011) with equal to Madan Lal’s wicket in 1983 World Cup with 17 wickets.

#2. Talking about the betting going into the World Cup finale outside Lords, India’s odds were placed at 66:1. Those who bet on India would be sure profitable.

#3. Kapil Dev complete the World Cup  as the fifth-highest run-getter with 303 runs from 8 matches at an average of 60.


#4. Mohinder Amarnath was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’ in both the semi-final and the final, only Indian to have this achievement in any ICC Tournament. Amarnath was awarded 600 pounds as cash prize


#5. Kris Srikkanth was the highest run-getter in the final- across both teams - with a score of 38. The only World Cup final without any half-century.


#6. India’s total of 183 remains the lowest total defended by any team in an ODI World Cup final.


#7. Richards hit seven fours, Srikkanth hit as many fours as Richards, besides a 6.


#8. Batting first, India lost their last seven wickets for 93 runs. West Indies fared worst, losing their last nine wickets for 90 runs.


#9. Kapil also bowled four maidens, but in just 11 overs, on other hand Joel Garner bowled four maidens each in his allotted 12 overs.


#10. Lloyd resigned as captain immediately after the final. It was a huge blow coming moments after one of the greatest upsets in cricket history. Lloyd was persuaded by West Indies Cricket Board officials and senior players to take back his resignation the following day.


#11. Only one BCCI official named PR Maan Singh was associated with the Indian team as the manager during the World Cup. His role will be played by Pankaj Tripathi in the movie 83'.

PR Maan Singh - Manager of 83 World Cup

. When the Indian team was leaving for England to play the World Cup, they were without a coach, doctor and even a physiotherapist


#13. Air India, India’s premier airline, had billed the Indian cricket board separately to carry the cricketers’ luggage.

#14. In the absence of a designated coach, it was Mohinder Amarnath who shouldered the responsibilities. Along with Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar, he decided the batting and bowling order of the team.


#15. Then captain Kapil Dev scored a brilliant 175 against Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, the match wasn’t recorded by the BBC due to an ongoing recording.

#16. During those days, a player was paid around Rs.12,500 for every match. But after the World Cup win, the BCCI announced a prize of Rs.2 lakh for the entire team. However, Sunil Gavaskar refused to accept 2 lakhs.


#17. When the news of India’s maiden World Cup victory reached veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar, she organized a music concert for the cricket team. The revenue  from this concert was then distributed among the 14 Indian players, with each player getting Rs.1 lakh.


#18. When the Indian team returned to their homeland, they received a warm and happy welcome from cricket fans in the country. The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President Giani Zail Singh congratulated the whole team for the victory.

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