In 1983, it was an enlarged format with each team playing the other twice in the respective groups. By now Sri Lanka had earned full membership of the ICC. Zimbabwe had emerged as the strongest outfit among the associate members, winning the ICC Trophy in 1982 easily.
Prudential continued to back the effort, raising the sponsorship figure to £500,000 ($810,000). Prize money went up to £66,200. The winners pocketed £20,000, while the runners-up got £8,000. The losing semi-finalists received £4,000 each. The crowds swelled to 232,081, the collections being £1,195,712. Guarantee money was paid for the first time, each Test-playing country receiving £53,900, and Zimbabwe £30,200. In addition, a surplus of £1 million was distributed among the teams.
In Group A this time were England, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Group B had Australia, India, the West Indies and Zimbabwe. In the semi-finals the West Indies beat Pakistan, while India defeated hosts England. Then, in one of the most stunning upsets in history, India trounced the West Indies to lift the third Prudential World Cup.
Lord’s, London, 25 June 1983
India won by 43 runs
India: 183 all out in 54.4 overs (Krishnamachari Srikkanth 38, Andy Roberts 3 for 32)
West Indies: 140 all out in 52 overs (Vivian Richards 33, Madan Lal 3 for 31, Mohinder Amarnath 3 for 12)
Man of the Match: Mohinder Amarnath
(Author Indra Vikram Singh can be contacted on email email@example.com).
The Big Book of World Cup Cricket 1975-2011
Distributed in India by Variety Book Depot, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Phones + 91 11 23417175, 23412567
Available in leading bookshops, and online on several websites.