From Kapil's stellar captaincy to Lal's all-round heroics, key reasons behind India's 1983 World Cup win

Kapil Dev's inspirational captaincy was a major factor which led to Indian team believing in its abilities and going the distance to win the 1983 World Cup.

Kapil Dev and Mohinder Amarnath

One of cricket's most dramatic events unfolded exactly 36 years ago on this very day when Kapil-Dev led Indian team stunned the all mighty Windies side to lift their maiden Cricket World Cup title.

India had truly arrived on the world stage by inflicting one of the biggest upsets in one day cricket at the historic Lord's cricket ground in London.

India's win over the all conquering Windies is still hailed as arguably the biggest upsets in the finals of the ICC World Cup.

Here are some of the major reasons which were instrumental behind  India becoming champions in 1983 World Cup

Kapil Dev - Charismatic and inspirational leader

Kapil Dev's inspirational captaincy was a major factor which led to Indian team believing in its abilities and going the distance to win the World Cup. Dev led from the front with some belligerent batting and potent seam bowling to contribute to India's fairy-tale win. Dev played an unbelievable 175-run knock against Zimbabwe to bail India out of trouble when the chips were down.

The charismatic Indian skipper ended as India's top scorer with the bat (303 runs) and accounted for 12 dismissals with the ball.

Yashpal Sharma - India's unsung hero with the bat

Yashpal Sharma was the self less cricketer who donned many a roles in the team's batting order. Be it opening the innings with Kris Srikanth against some lethal swing bowling or playing the sheet anchor's role in the middle overs, Sharma always put team interest above his personal motives and in a way was India's unsung hero. With Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Kris Srikanth in pretty poor form, it indeed was Yashpal who was India's unsung hero with the bat.

Yashpal Sharma in 1983 World Cup 

Matches 8 Runs 240 Avg 34.28 50 2

Mohinder Amarnath - India's old war horse

Mohinder Amarnath brought in his invaluable experience and skill to the fore in the 1983 World Cup, Being the senior most member of the team, Amarnath took responsibility and was the rock of Indian middle order all through the tournament.

Amarnath's medium pace bowling was conducive to the seaming conditions in England. Amarnath reserved his best for the biggest stage, when he scored 26 and picked up 3 for against West Indies in the finals of the World Cup.

Mohinder Amarnath in 1983 World Cup

Matches 8 Runs 237 Avg 29.62 50s - 1

Madal and Roger Binny's all-round heroics

Roger Binny and Madal Lal made some telling contributions with their allround skills. Both Binny and Lal were very effective with their medium pace in seaming English conditions and formed part of a formidable pace attack with Kapil Dev and Balwinder Singh Sandhu. Binny (18)and Lal (17) ended up as the leading wicket takers in the showpiece event.

Madal Lal - Matches - 8 Runs - 102 Avg - 34 Wickets - 17

Syed Kirmani clinical behind the stumps

Syed Kirmani was clinical with his wicket keeping behind the stumps and pulled off some superlative catches . Besides his tidy glovesmanship, 'Kiri' also chipped in with the bat lower down the order and made some handy partnerships with the skipper Kapil Dev in matches where Indians were in dire straits.

Sandeep Patil - Power-hitter lower down the order

Sandeep Patil was the dasher in the lower middle order who hits some quick-fire cameos to help the team build up challenging totals or chase down big targets. Patil made some valuable contributions with the willow owing to his lusty powerhitting with Kapil Dev down the order.

Sandeep Patil in 1983 World Cup

Matches - 8 Runs - 216 Avg - 30.85 50s - 2