1983 World Cup triumph: Shastri recalls the game that gave India the belief

Beating West Indies by 34 runs at Old Trafford in the 1983 World Cup gave India the belief that it could beat any side, recalls Ravi Shastri.

"1983 is what changed the face of Indian cricket,” Shastri, now the India head coach, said.   -  Getty Images

Ravi Shastri on Tuesday recalled the memorable win over the West Indies on the opening day of the 1983 World Cup at the Old Trafford stadium, an unexpected result that gave them the “belief” of going all the way.

And India did go all the way as it beat the mighty West Indies again, in the final, to lift its maiden World Cup trophy 36 years ago.

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“It has all begun here (at Old Trafford) in the summer of 1983. India played on the opening day against the West Indies, a team that had never been beaten in World Cup history. This was the meeting point and India beat the West Indies on this very ground. Plenty has changed here since then,” Shastri told bcci.tv, referring to the complete makeover the stadium has undergone.

India had won the game against the West Indies on June 9, 1983 after posting 262 for eight in 60 overs, with Yashpal Sharma scoring 89 off 120 balls. The Indian bowlers then put up a brilliant showing to dismiss the West Indies for 228, with Roger Binny and Shastri taking three wickets each.

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“Behind the ground are the railways tracks and I will never forget that. When the game got tight Joel Garner hit one right into the railway tracks. I for one will never forget that the game because I took the last wicket.

“That (win) started it all. It gave us the belief that we could beat any side, once we had beat the West Indies. There was no stopping us. Good to be back here. 1983 is what changed the face of Indian cricket,” Shastri, now the India head coach, added.

Two weeks later, India beat the West Indies again to be crowned world champion for the first time.