Kapil and his devil of a catch!

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Kapil and his devil of a catch!

Before the start of the 1983 World Cup, if anybody had predicted that the Indian team would reach the final, not many would have believed it.

After posting upset victories over West Indies and Australia, India got past 1979 runner-up England in the semis to enter the summit tie.

The Indians had one last hurdle to clear for their moment of glory but it was the toughest — the West Indies., who were gunning for their third straight crown.

To beat such a team in the final needed some amount of brilliance and magic, which was indeed provided by their skipper.

After being put into bat, India were packed off for an uninspiring 183 — not a total to give enough confidence to the bowlers, India's chances were all but over with the great Viv Richards getting into his grove.

With the Windies score reading 57 for three, the Indian skipper then displayed mastery in the field to change the course of the game. Richards mistimed a pull off Madan Lal and as the ball went high up in the air, Kapil sprinted back with his eyes perfectly set on the ball and to the delight of all the Indian fans and his team-mates, he pocketed the catch over his shoulders.

The dangerous Richards was gone and India staged an astounding fightback.
Their bowlers kept plucking the Windies wickets and ‘Kapil's Devils’ brought the prestigious cup home for the first time, winning the contest by 43 runs.

A jubilant Amarnath sprinting with a stump in hand after the final wicket still remains fresh in the minds of  fans but Kapil's catch is still considered as a crucial moment that tilted the final in India’s favour.

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