How Kapil Dev helped Australia win the 1987 World Cup


Kapil Dev's beautiful leaping action at the 1987 World Cup. Source : India Times

It was the first match of the 1987 World Cup for both Australia and India. Australia batted well making 6/268 with Geoff Marsh (110) making a century in the process.

During Australia's innings, Dean Jones had hit Indian spinner Maninder Singh to the long on boundary. The ball cleared Ravi Shastri but there was confusion from the umpires Dickie Bird and David Archer on whether it was a 4 or 6.

Shastri and Indian keeper Kiran More both had suggested it was a 4, with Jones not surprisingly saying it went for 6. The umpires called it a 4.

The Australian team were sitting close to the incident and were in no doubt it was a 6. Between innings they went to the umpires to get what they thought was a clear 6 rectified in the score book.

The umpires consulted India's captain Kapil Dev, who agreed to change the scoring shot to a 6. Australia's total then read 6/270.

At the end of the match, with India needing 2 off the final 2 balls and 1 wicket in hand, Steve Waugh would bowl Maninder Singh and Australia ran out 1 run winners.

Although it was early in the tournament, the win gave Australia a great start and early momentum in a tournament they would go on to win.