What makes 25th June a Red Letter Day for Indian Cricket?

Jay Shah, the secretary of BCCI called 25th June a “Red-letter day for Indian Cricket”. He tweeted in his Twitter account regarding the day. Further, he also added the reason for saying so. He said that today is the day when India lifted its first World Cup. Well, in the year 1983 Indian team led by former captain of India, Kapil Deo won the World Cup Championship.

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The final was against the West Indies and India defeated them by 43 runs. The West Indies was two times winner of the cup until then. But the final that was played in the year 1983 in Lord’s gave a new sharp competitor over the tough team of Windies. In the match India was able to score 183 runs in 54.5 overs.

The score was easy to chase for carrebian players, but all wickets were knocked and only 140 runs were scored by West Indies led by the captain Clive Lloyd. Finest bowlers of the team, Mohindar Amarnath and Madan Lal, became star of the match by scoring 3 wickets each. Highest run was scored by Indian batsman was 38 runs by Kris Srikkanth.

Moreover, he added one another achievement for the country on this date. He said that on this day in the year 1932, India started its journey in the test cricket. The first test match was played under the captaincy of CK Naidu. Ironically this match was also played at the Lord’s.

India was the sixth team that was granted Test status after the first match at Lord’s. Although the Indian team lost that 3-day test match to the host, England. 157 runs were left to score in the last innings and India had lost all its wickets. The country achieved a triumph in the test matches only after 20 years in 1952.