ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1983 | History, Teams, Winner

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History of ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1983

The first thing we will do is give you an overview of some noteworthy events:

Sponsor and Hosts

The ODI Cricket World Cup still sponsored by Prudential returned for its third edition in 1983. Once again it was England that got the hosting rights with St. Helen’s Ground in Swansea Wales also hosting a match.

Venues / Stadiums

In addition to the six traditional English venues, this World Cup was hosted by several venues making their World Cup hosting debut, like the County Grounds in Bristol, Southampton, Taunton, Derby & Chelmsford, Grace in Leicester, New Road Worcester and, Nevill Ground in Tunbridge Wells.

Cricket Teams and Format

Same number of teams participated as it was in first two editions. The only difference this time was that a team played against every other side in the group two times.

The holders of first two titles West Indies were in group B with Australia, India and Zimbabwe, the African making their maiden World Cup appearance.

Group A had hosts England, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Highlights of Cricket World Cup 1983 Matches

Group Stage

India caused first of the major surprises of ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1983 by beating West Indies at Old Trafford, first defeat of West Indies in World Cup history. West Indies avenged the defeat by comfortably beating India at The Oval.

The two Australia-India games resulted in solitary win for both the sides. Zimbabwe surprised the cricketing fraternity in their maiden world cup match with a colossal upset as the men from Africa defeated Aussies by 13 runs at Trent Bridge and in the second game Australia won against the Africans.

At Neville Ground in Tunbridge Wells, Indian skipper Kapil Dev played one of the greatest ODI World Cup knocks against Zimbabwe when he rescued India from 17/5 by scoring an unbeaten 175.

West Indies topped the group with five wins & India with four wins became the other semi-finalist from the group.

In group B, hosts England had a smooth campaign as they registered 5 wins in 6 games, their only defeat coming against New Zealand.

Sri Lanka threatened a victory against Pakistan but eventually fell short of the target & ended up with just one win in the competition which came against New Zealand.

Pakistan and New Zealand both ended up with three wins and the Asian side pipped Kiwis on net run-rate to qualify for the semis.

Pakistan badly missed the bowling services of skipper Imran Khan as he played purely as a batsman in ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1983.

Semi Finals

One of the semi-finals was a repeat of 1979 when Pakistan and West Indies met at The Oval just like in the previous edition. West Indies made light work of Pakistan by registering a thumping 8-wicket victory.

Old Trafford in Manchester hosted the England-India semi-final, the Indian bowling line-up restricted English batsmen to 213 & then successfully chased down the target to register a six-wicket win.

Mohinder Amarnath won the Man of the Match award for India for his contribution with both bat and ball.

The Final

25th of June 1975 was the day when West Indies started as overwhelming favorites against the dark horse India.

Clive Lloyd won the toss and put the Indians into bat. Sunil Gavaskar continued his poor run of form and got out early, Kris Srikkanth and Mohinder Amarnath got the starts but West Indian bowlers never let the Indians to gain momentum for a big total.

A target of 184 was well within the reach of the strong West Indian batting line-up but Kapil Dev inspired his side in the field to defend a small total easily.

Kapil Dev took one of the famous World Cup catches ever to dismiss the dangerous-looking Viv Richards.

The hero of semi-final Mohinder Amarnath once again gave his best performance on the big day to clinch the player of the match award. India stunned everyone by winning the World Cup against all the odds and denying the West Indies a hat-trick of titles.

David Gower of England emerged as the leading run-scorer of 1983 World Cup and Roger Binny from India was the leading wicket-taker.

ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1983 | Final Match Highlights | West Indies vs India

Records / Statistics | Top Performers | ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1983

We have compiled the records / statistics of prominent teams & players who were on top of everyone in the World Cup ’83:

Team Records

  • Highest Total: Pakistan scored 338 for 5 in 60 overs against Sri Lanka at Swansea.
  • Highest Match Aggregate: In Pakistan vs Sri Lanka encounter 626 runs were scored in 120 overs.
  • Largest Victory by Runs: Australia scored 321 against India at Nottingham, and won the match by massive 162 runs.
  • Largest Victory by Wicket: West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets while choosing 172 runs target at Birmingham.
  • Largest Victory by balls remaining in chasing the target: England beat Sri Lanka with 215 balls remaining in a match where SL bowled out on 137 runs at Leeds.

Batting Records

  • Most Runs: DI Gower (ENG) scored 384 runs in 7 matches with 2 not out innings with a highest of 130 runs, and a strike rate of 84.95. He scored 1 hundred & 1 fifty in the tournament.
  • Hight Score: N Kapil Dev scored an unbeaten 175 runs off 138 deliveries with 16 fours and 6 sixes against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells. Highest Average: The top scorer DI Gower (ENG) averages 76.8 in ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1983.
  • Highest Strike Rate: RW Marsh (AUS) recorded the highest strike rate of 133.33 among other batters (min. 100 runs)
  • Most Hundred: TM Chappell (AUS), AJ Lamb (ENG), DI Gower (ENG), CG Greenidge (WI), Imran Khan (PAK), IVA Richards (WI), Zaheer Abbas (PAK), and N Kapil Dev (IND) scored one hundred each.
  • Most Fifties (and over): G Fowler (ENG) scored 4 fifty knocks in the tournament.
  • Most Ducks: A Ranatunga (SL) bowled out without scoring any runs thrice in ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1983.
  • Highest Strike Rate in an Innings: GR Dilley (ENG) with a strike rate of 221.42, scored quick 31 (14) n.o. against New Zealand at The Oval.

Bowling Records

  • Most Wickets: RMH Binny (IND) took 18 wickets in 8 matches with best bowling figures of 4/29 and an average (18.66), economy (3.81) and strike rate of 29.3
  • Best bowling figure in an innings: WW Davis (WI) bowling figures of 7 for 51 against Australia.
  • Best average: RJ Hadlee (NZ) average of 12.85 in 6 matches where he bowled 65.1 overs in 6 matches, and took 14 wickets.
  • Best economy rate: KBJ Azad (IND) with an economy rate of 2.47 in 3 matches, he bowled 17 overs and conceded 42 runs.
  • Best strike rate: ALF de Mel (SL) with a strike rate of 23.2 in 6 matches with 17 wickets.
  • Most four-wickets-in-an-innings (and over): ALF de Mel (SL) and Abdul Qadir (PAK) done this twice in ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1983.
  • Most five-wickets-in-an-innings: ALF de Mel (SL) twice achieved this feat.
  • Best economy rate in an innings: DS de Silva (SL) with 0.91 where he bowled 12 overs, 5 maidens, conceded 11 runs, and took 2 wickets against New Zealand at Derby.
  • Best strike rates in an innings: WW Davis (WI) strike rate of 9.0 against Australia at Leeds with bowling figures of 10.3 overs, 0 maidens, 51 runs and, 7 wickets.
  • Most runs conceded in an innings: MC Snedden (NZ) conceded 105 runs in 12 overs against England at The Oval.

Wicketkeeping Records

  • Most Dismissals: PJL Dujon (WI) dismissed 16 batsmen in 8 matches where he took 15 catches and stumped 1 of them.
  • Most dismissals in an innings: SMH Kirmani (IND) against Zimbabwe at Leicester dismissed 5 batsmen, all caught behind.

Fielding Record

  • Most Catches: N Kapil Dev (IND) took 7 catches in 8 matches with maximum 2 in a match.

Partnership Record

  • Highest Partnership of the tournament: An unbeaten partnership of 195 by West Indian batsmen CG Greenidge and HA Gomes against Zimbabwe at Worcester.

FAQs related to One Day CWC 1983

Who won ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1983?

India has the last laugh in the 1983 world cup where they beaten defending champions ‘West Indies’.

Which Batsmen were the leading run scorers in 1983 World Cup?

DI Gower (ENG) 384, IVA Richards (WI) 367 and, G Fowler (ENG) 360 were the 3 top runs scorers in 3rd World Cup event.

Who were the Leading wicket takers in ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1983?

RMH Binny (IND) 18, ALF de Mel (SL) 17 and, S Madan Lal (IND) 17 were the bowlers with most wickets in the tournament.