David Gower, top scorer of the World Cup, is bowled by Ashantha de Mel, the only man to take two five-fors in the tournament    Getty Images
David Gower, top scorer of the World Cup, is bowled by Ashantha de Mel, the only man to take two five-fors in the tournament Getty Images

As the tournament spread beyond the big Test grounds (Lord s, Old Trafford, Headingley, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, and The Oval), runs increased. As many as four scores went past the 300-mark; two matches (Pakistan 338 for nine, Sri Lanka 288 for nine at Swansea; England 333 for nine, Sri Lanka 286 at Taunton) had match aggregates in excess of 600. Sri Lanka chased well on both occasions, which was probably an indication of things to come.

There were eight hundreds and eight five-wicket hauls in the tournament. Though India won the World Cup, they accounted for only one of each, both from Kapil Dev. They were also the first One-Day International (ODI) hundred and five-for for India. Kapil also finished with most runs for India, best economy rate for India, and most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in the tournament. Oh, did I mention he was also the captain?

The top wicket-takers were Roger Binny, followed by Madan Lal and Ashantha de Mel, who shared the second spot. While this accounts for India s supremacy (we still have not mentioned Mohinder Amarnath, Man of the Match in semifinal and final), de Mel was undoubtedly the surprise package of the tournament; he became the second bowler (after Gary Gilmour to take two five-fors in a World Cup).

Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge, having scored the only tons in 1979, added one more to their tally in 1983. Once again the tournament was dominated by fast bowlers, though Abdul Qadir and Vic Marks impressed. Let us look at the top performers of the tournament. Let us have a look at who the heroes of the tournament were:

Batting records: David Gower topped the charts with 384, and four others went past the 300-mark; all of them averaged in excess of 60, and barring Graeme Fowler, everyone had strike rates over 80. One cannot blame Fowler for the simple reason that he partnered Chris Tavare, who surprised the world by hitting a six against Sri Lanka.

 

Most runs
M I NO R BF HS Ave SR 100s 50s
David Gower 7 7 2 384 452 130 76.80 85.0 1 1
Viv Richards 8 7 2 367 452 119 73.40 81.2 1 2
Graeme Fowler 7 7 2 360 573 81* 72.00 62.8 4
Zaheer Abbas 7 7 2 313 383 103* 62.60 81.7 1 2
Kapil Dev 8 8 3 303 278 175* 60.60 109.0 1

Though Imran Khan played as a specialist batsman, he led Pakistan in the tournament; he justified his selection, scoring 370 at 70.75 with a strike rate of 76.5.

Highest batting averages (150 or more runs)
M I NO R BF HS Ave SR 100s 50s
David Gower 7 7 2 384 452 130 76.80 85.0 1 1
Viv Richards 8 7 2 367 452 119 73.40 81.2 1 2
Graeme Fowler 7 7 2 360 573 81* 72.00 62.8 4
Imran Khan 7 7 3 283 370 102* 70.75 76.5 1 2
Allan Lamb 7 6 2 278 347 102 69.50 80.1 1 1

Though the list was dominated by strokeplayers like Kapil and Sandeep Patil (with Guy de Alwis chipping in with a strike rate in excess of 100), Gower once again made his presence felt. Without a shade of doubt Gower was the batsman of the tournament.

Highest strike rates (150 or more runs)
M I NO R BF HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Kapil Dev 8 8 3 303 278 175* 60.60 109.0 1
Guy de Alwis 6 6 3 167 159 59* 55.67 105.0 2
Sandeep Patil 8 8 1 216 240 51* 30.86 90.0 2
David Gower 7 7 2 384 452 130 76.80 85.0 1 1
Zaheer Abbas 7 7 2 313 383 103* 62.60 81.7 1 2

Kapil made it to the record books with his 175 not out; not only was it a breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime performance, it was also the new world record, going past Glenn Turner s 171 not out. The next on the list was 130 by no prize for guessing Gower.

Hundreds
Score Against Venue
Kapil Dev 175* Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells
David Gower 130 Sri Lanka Taunton
Viv Richards 119 India The Oval
Trevor Chappell 110 India Trent Bridge
Gordon Greenidge 105* Zimbabwe New Road
Zaheer Abbas 103* New Zealand Trent Bridge
Imran Khan 102* Sri Lanka Headingley
Allan Lamb 102 New Zealand The Oval

Bowling records: As mentioned above, Binny, Madan Lal, and de Mel were the top three names on the list, with Richard Hadlee and Vic Marks joining the fray. All five men had averages less than 20, and barring Marks, strike rates less than 30 which probably show that there was more to ODI bowling than containing.

Most wickets
B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Roger Binny 528 336 18 4/29 18.67 29.3 3.82
Ashantha de Mel 396 265 17 5/32 15.59 23.3 4.02 2
Madan Lal 498 285 17 4/20 16.76 29.3 3.43
Richard Hadlee 391 180 14 5/25 12.86 27.9 2.76 1
Vic Marks 468 246 13 5/39 18.92 36.0 3.15 1

Though Hadlee topped the averages chart, Malcolm Marshall comes second despite not taking four wickets in an innings. His 12 wickets came at 14.58, though Hadlee s 14 wickets at 12.86 were peerless.

Best averages (10 or more wickets)
B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Richard Hadlee 391 180 14 5/25 12.86 27.9 2.76 1
Malcolm Marshall 420 175 12 3/28 14.58 35.0 2.50
Ashantha de Mel 396 265 17 5/32 15.59 23.3 4.02 2
Madan Lal 498 285 17 4/20 16.76 29.3 3.43
Roger Binny 528 336 18 4/29 18.67 29.3 3.82

De Mel s nigh-unbelievable strike rate of 23.3 put him at the top of the list, with Hadlee coming second, followed by the Indian pair. Abdul Qadir s appearance at five was good news for wrist-spinners.

Best strike rates (10 or more wickets)
B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Ashantha de Mel 396 265 17 5/32 15.59 23.3 4.02 2
Richard Hadlee 391 180 14 5/25 12.86 27.9 2.76 1
Madan Lal 498 285 17 4/20 16.76 29.3 3.43
Roger Binny 528 336 18 4/29 18.67 29.3 3.82
Abdul Qadir 406 246 12 5/44 20.50 33.8 3.64 1

Marshall was the most economic bowler of the tournament, but when it came to being miserly, you could not put Joel Garner out of the equation. The usual suspects, Bob Willis and Kapil, also made it.

Best economy rates (100 or more balls)
B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Malcolm Marshall 420 175 12 3/28 14.58 35.0 2.50
Joel Garner 258 117 5 2/13 23.40 51.6 2.72
Richard Hadlee 391 180 14 5/25 12.86 27.9 2.76 1
Bob Willis 442 206 11 4/42 18.73 40.2 2.80
Kapil Dev 504 245 12 5/43 20.42 42.0 2.92 1

De Mel claimed two of the eight five-wicket hauls in the tournament, while Ken MacLeay s six for 39 against India resulted in a surprising one-sided contest. Winston Davis, however, stole the show: his seven for 51 against Australia was the first ODI seven-for.

Five-wicket hauls
Figures Against Venue
Winston Davis 7/51 Australia Headingley
Ken MacLeay 6/39 India Edgbaston
Richard Hadlee 5/25 Sri Lanka Bristol
Ashantha de Mel 5/32 New Zealand Derby
Vic Marks 5/39 Sri Lanka Taunton
Ashantha de Mel 5/39 Pakistan Headingley
Kapil Dev 5/43 Australia Trent Bridge
Abdul Qadir 5/44 Sri Lanka Headingley

Fielding and wicket-keeping: Jeff Dujon, Syed Kirmani, and Ian Gould all finished with over ten dismissals. As for stumpings, Wasim Bari topped with three, Kirmani had two, while Dujon and Gould had one apiece.

Most dismissals as wicket-keeper
M C S D D/M
Jeff Dujon 8 15 1 16 2.00
Syed Kirmani 8 12 2 14 1.75
Ian Gould 7 11 1 12 1.71
Wasim Bari 7 6 3 9 1.29
Rodney Marsh 6 8 8 1.33

As mentioned above, Kapil pouched most catches (eight) a count that was exceeded by only four wicketkeepers.

 

Most catches as fielder
M C C/M
Kapil Dev 8 7 0.88
Allan Lamb 7 6 0.86
Desmond Haynes 8 5 0.63
Clive Lloyd 8 5 0.63

Record partnerships: Greenidge featured in the highest partnership of the tournament an unbeaten 195 for the third wicket with Larry Gomes. The record opening stand of an unbroken 172 was also by West Indies, but it did not involve Greenidge (Desmond Haynes and Faoud Bacchus were the men involved). However, possibly the most impactful partnership of the tournament was the unbroken stand of 126 between Kapil and Kirmani at Tunbridge Wells; had Zimbabwe broken through the stand early India might not have made it to the semifinal.

 

Highest partnerships
Wicket Runs Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Against Venue
1 172* Desmond Haynes Faoud Bacchus Zimbabwe Edgbaston
2 144 Trevor Chappell Kim Hughes India Trent Bridge
3 195* Gordon Greenidge Larry Gomes Zimbabwe New Road
4 147* Zaheer Abbas Imran Khan New Zealand Trent Bridge
5 92 Dave Houghton Duncan Fletcher West Indies New Road
6 144 Imran Khan Shahid Mahboob Sri Lanka Headingley
7 75* Duncan Fletcher Iain Butchart Australia Trent Bridge
8 62 Kapil Dev Madan Lal Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells
9 126* Kapil Dev Syed Kirmani Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells
10 71 Andy Roberts Joel Garner India Old Trafford

Team aggregates: Swansea and Taunton features a couple of big scores, which did not come as a surprise. Australia did a commendable job, putting up 320 for nine against the eventual world champions and beating them by 162 runs, though India had their revenge later in the tournament.

 

Highest team scores
Team Score Against Venue
Pakistan 338/5 (60) Sri Lanka Swansea
England 333/9 (60) Sri Lanka Taunton
England 322/6 (60) New Zealand The Oval
Australia 320/9 (60) India Trent Bridge
Sri Lanka 288/9 (60) Pakistan Swansea

With a semifinal berth to play for, India skittled out Australia for 129. It remained the lowest score of the tournament, though India perhaps took greater pride in bowling out West Indies for 140 in the final. India also bowled out Zimbabwe for 155, the fifth-lowest score of the tournament.

 

Highest team scores
Team Score Against Venue
Australia 129 (38.2) India Chelmsford
Sri Lanka 136 (50.4) England Headingley
West Indies 140 (52) India Lord’s
Australia 151 (30.3) West Indies Headingley
Zimbabwe 155 (51.4) India Grace Road

Biggest margins of victory

By runs: 162

Australia 320/9 (60) beat India 158 (37.5)

By wickets: 10

Zimbabwe 171 (60) lost to West Indies 172/0 (45.1)

By balls to spare: 215

Sri Lanka 136 (50.4) lost to England 137/1 (24.1)

Smallest margins of victory

By runs: 11

Pakistan 235/7 (60) beat Sri Lanka 224 (58.3)

Pakistan 261/3 (60) beat New Zealand 250 (59.1)

By wickets: 2

England 234 (55.2) lost to New Zealand 238/8 (59.5)

By balls to spare: 1

England 234 (55.2) lost to New Zealand 238/8 (59.5)

World Cup Cricket 1983: A history, matches, numbers, trivia, and key players of third cricket World Cup