Viv Richards was taking the game away from the Indians. West Indies looked set for their third consecutive World Cup title. Chasing a meagre 184 for victory seemed like a formality for the Master Blaster who had breezed away to 33 from 27 balls, as West Indies were 57 for the loss of two wickets.

Richards, whose games was based on dominance, hooked one off medium-pacer Madan Lal, only to mistime it. However, the ball still propelled away towards the mid-wicket fence. Indian skipper Kapil Dev, who had deployed himself at short mid-wicket, ran backwards and didn’t give up for a moment. A sprint of a few yards and then Kapil pouched it over his shoulder. He made it look very simple and always had an eye on the ball. What followed was disbelief at first and then it was a bedlam. The King was back in the pavilion.

This catch turned the course of the match in India’s favour as West Indies failed to recover from there. Eight wickets fells for the next 83 runs as India won their maiden World Cup title ensuring the fall of the Caribbean Empire. Apart from West Indies, India became the first team to lay their hands on cricket’s most prestigious silverware.