It’s the 25th of June and there are two events that make this day an unforgettable one in the History of Indian cricket. Both the events were milestone happenings that changed the country forever. Yet the impacts of the two events were diametrically opposite to each other, while one had an adverse effect on the countries democratic values, the other gave rise to a beast that would become the country’s identity and a positive one at that.
Indira Gandhi and the congress government’s declaration of emergency in 1975 and Kapil’s devils’ lifting the Pridential World Cup in 1983, both took place on the 25th of June. The World Cup win came against all odds and not even the Indian team gave a chance to itself to win the cup. Some betting markets were giving odds of 500:1 for an Indian World Cup victory, pre tournament.
Some players from the Indian squad were so confident that they won’t be able to make it to the latter of stages of the tournament that they booked flight tickets to the USA with their families. Well, they were in for a great but happy shock. After scoring 183 in the first innings they surprised the mighty Windies and beat them at Lord’s. Kapil Dev, who had milk the first thing after winning the cup (those were different times), later picked up the Prudential Cup in the legendary Lord’s balcony and that picture alone opened the floodgates for cricket in India.