The West Indies' domination and India's historic Win - World Cup Cricket 1979 to 1987
The First Cricket World Cup was played in 1975. It was won by West Indies. The West Indies team with some world class fast bowlers and great batsmen continued to dominate the game from 1975 to 1983. They won the second Cricket world cup trophy in 1979 and started as the firm favourites to win the 1983 World Cup.
India started as the underdogs in the 1983 World Cup . They almost lost to Zimbabwe in their opening games. Kapil Dev saved them from a humiliating defeat.
It was perhaps the turning point for Indian cricket. India reached the finals of 1983 World Cup along with West Indies. India upset West Indies in the final to register one of the most historic wins in the history of sports.
In the backdrop of West Indies domination, we shall list the philatelic materials issued on Cricket World Cups from 1979 to 1987.
1979 World Cup
Clive Lloyd led the West Indies to many memorable victories. Guyana issued stamps in honour of Clive Lloyd.
1983 World Cup
India denied The West Indies a hat-trick of world cup victories. Kapil Dev was the captain of the Indian team. St Vincent issued stamps on these two living legends of Indian cricket.
A set of special covers was also issued by Great Britain during the 1983 World Cup. One such cover was issued during Pakistan versus New Zealand match.
1987 World Cup
It was held in India and Pakistan and called the Reliance Cup. After their historic win in 1983, India started as firm favourites.
But Australia won the trophy beating England.India lost in the semi-finals. It was the beginning of the downfall of West Indies cricket.
Anguilla issued a miniature sheet and a set of stamps to commemorate the 1987 cricket world cup
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