India’s World Cup legacy was laid in 1983 when India became the World Champions. India has featured regularly at the World Cup since the inception of the tournament in 1975. The Indian team has become World Champions twice and have ended up once as runners-up and 3-time semi-finalists. They have always made their presence felt at the world stage by their formidable performances and winning many matches. Let us have a look at some of India’s Best Wins at the World Cup:
• The sweetness of First Victory
India’s first ever victory in a match at the world cup came against East Africa in the 1975 World Cup. India bowled out the opposition for a paltry 120, thanks to Madan Lal’s 3/15 and then India chased down the target with ease riding on Sunil Gavaskar’s 65* and Farokh Engineer’s 54*. India sealed the game without much fuss and they won by 10 wickets in hand.
• India shows – Who’s the Boss!
In the 2007 World Cup, India took on Bermuda at Trinidad. India scored a gigantic total of 413 on the back of an attacking inning played by Virender Sehwag. Batting at no.3 Sehwag scored 87 balls 114. In response, Bermuda folded for only 156 runs as the Indian bowlers put up a complete team show to help India win by 257 runs – India’s Highest Victory Margin at World Cup.
Another major contribution came from Yuvraj (83 of 46 balls) and Sachin (57 of 29 balls). Both of them together struck 11 sixes and powered Team India’s total to 400 plus. Both of them showcased their muscle strength in hitting the ball out of the park.
• Defending Champs India Start 2015 campaign with a Win
India beat Pakistan by 76 runs in their first game of 2015 World Cup. Virat Kohli scored a magnificent century and was very well supported by Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina both scoring their respective fifties. Mohammed Shami then took 4 wickets to restrict them to 224. This was India’s 6th victory in as many games against the arch-rivals. This game set the tone for India for the rest of the World Cup.
Kohli’s fitness level is unmatched. He makes sure that he exercises daily and maintains a nutritional diet to maintain his physique. He plays the sport with utmost passion and his energy levels are always high when he is on the field.
• When India achieved the Glory!
In the 1983 World Cup finals, India has set a target of 183 for the mighty West Indies. West Indies were dominating the chase until then Team India Captain Kapil Dev took a brilliant catch to get Viv Richards out on 33. Thereafter, West Indies team got all out for 140 giving India a win and their maiden World Cup Trophy. 1983 World Cup was very special as it was the first time that India has won something on the world stage in sports. Kapil Dev’s sheer belief in himself and his team helped team India to emerge victorious in the tournament.
• The Most Awaited Victory
After India’s victory at World Cup 1983, the whole nation had to wait for long 28 years for a certain MS Dhoni to hit that famous final six and seal the victory for Team India. Coming on the crease at no.5 Captain Cool played a fabulous inning to take India home and was rightly warded as Man of Match for his 91 run knocks. He hit the ball all around the park and showcase his mastery in chasing targets. 97 runs scored by Gautam Gambhir was a crucial knock too.
India has always put up a stellar show at the World Cup and in 2019 Kohli-led Team India would want to replicate the feast achieved by Team India in 1983 and in 2011 and become Champions in 2019.
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