The Cricket world cup competition was first started in 1975, it began with eight nations who were dived into two groups. The first competition was held in England and then continued three times there until 1983. The first two world cups were won by the West Indies, however it was the third world cup which changed the world cricket scenario. During that time, the West Indies were the team to beat. It was during this competition that India came through on the heels of their young captain, Kapil Dev.
It was a tournament during which everyone thought that the West Indian team would complete their hat trick without any serious competition. However, India defeated the West Indies in the round robin stage. India really had to struggle against the other teams in the group, namely Australia and Zimbabwe. In fact in one of the matches against Zimbabwe, the BBC was on a strike but during that match Kapil Dev struck his only ODI century, a rambunctious 175 of 134 balls. It is considered one of the best ODI innings ever played and that was the match which put the Indian team on a winning note and also helped them make the semifinals.
India breezed past England in the Semifinals and faced the West Indies in the final at Lords on June 25, 1983. They batted first and scored a measly 183 runs and even then the West Indies were on route to win handsomely. However destiny had other plans and the Indians bowled out the incumbent champions for 140 runs and won the final by 43 runs. It changed the face of Indian cricket and gave a sense of pride to Indians who finally ascended to the pantheon of greats in the history of the game.