India vs Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells on 18th June 1983
(Kapil Dev became India’s first ODI centurion and that too with a record-breaking knock)
It was the crucial must-win game for the Indian team during the Group Stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1983 (Group B). After winning the toss, the Indian team were in deep trouble right from the beginning as once they were battling on 78/7. When the Indian captain Kapil Dev joined the crease, India were battling on 9/4.
While the middle and lower-order batsmen helped Kapil by sticking on the wicket, the Indian captain not only recorded India’s first-ever ODI century, he stretched that knock till the end of the 60-over innings. After the 60 runs partnership with Roger Binny (22) for the sixth wicket, the Indian captain put another 62 runs partnership for the eighth wicket with Madan Lal (17) and ultimately game-changing 126 unbroken ninth-wicket partnership with wicketkeeper-batsman Syed Kirmani (24 not out off 56 balls).
Finally, the Indian captain Kapil Dev finished that innings with the 175 not out knock off 138 balls (16 fours and 6 sixes) – the highest individual ODI score at that time. His batting helped the Indian team to manage the challenging first innings total of 266/8 (50 overs). In reply, India bowled out Zimbabwe for 235 runs (57 overs) as they won that crucial match by 31 runs.