On This Day: Half the team had returned to the pavilion for 17 runs, then came out memorable innings with Kapil Dev’s bat

Kapil Dev’s Best ODI Knock: The thing is 39 years old. The 1983 Cricket World Cup was being played in England. This was only the third World Cup of ODI cricket. Group stage matches were going on and India and Zimbabwe (IND vs ZIM) were face to face. That was the period when Zimbabwe’s team used to be strong. In this match itself, Indian team captain Kapil Dev played a historic innings of 175 runs. This is the innings, whose discussions are remembered till date.

Today we take you back to those special moments of this innings played 39 years ago..

The Indian team was very strong in the 1983 World Cup by defeating Windies in the first match of the World Cup. He was being counted among the contenders for the title. After defeating a legendary team like West Indies in their very first match, India’s claim had become stronger. India had won 2 out of 3 matches of their group stage. In such a situation, when it was to meet Zimbabwe in the fourth match of its group stage, then victory for India did not look very difficult. When Indian captain Kapil Dev won the toss and elected to bat first, it seemed that India would register a big win.

Half the Indian team was returned to the pavilion for 17 runs
The match started poorly for India. Openers Sunil Gavaskar and Krishnamachari Srikkanth returned to the pavilion without opening the account. After him Mohinder Amarnath (5), Sandeep Patil (1) and Yashpal Sharma (9) also could not touch the double figure. In this way, as soon as 17 runs came, the Indian team had lost 5 big batsmen of its top and middle order. Zimbabwe’s Kevin Curran and Peter Rawson had completely blown away the Indian batting. By this time it seemed that the Indian team would not even reach 50 runs.

Kapil Dev single-handedly took India past 250
from here Kapil Dev took over. He did not come under pressure even in the middle of this autumn of wickets and started batting as soon as he arrived. His attitude also encouraged Roger Binny and he started supporting his captain very well. Binny kept giving strike to Kapil by taking a single run. When Binny was dismissed for 22 off 48 balls, Madan Lal (17) and Syed Kirmani (24) then provided Kapil with opportunities to play most of the deliveries. In this way, Kapil Dev’s blazing batting continued from one end and he scored an unbeaten 175 off 138 balls. In this innings, Kapil hit 16 fours and 6 sixes. Thanks to Kapil’s innings, the Indian team scored 266 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the stipulated 60 overs.

India was winning by 31 runs
After this unmatched innings of Kapil Dev, Zimbabwe’s team started well chasing the target of 267 runs. Zimbabwe’s opening pair shared a partnership of 44 runs. But the fall of troubles that started from here continued till the end. Zimbabwe lost their wickets at regular intervals. Although Kevin Curran’s 73-run innings gave Zimbabwe hope of victory, but as soon as he was dismissed, Zimbabwe’s team was reduced to 235 runs. In this way India won the match by 31 runs.

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