The West Indies had secured World Cup victories in 1975 and 1979 and remained a dominant force throughout the 80s, instilling fear in their opponents.
India's awe-inspiring performance came to the forefront when they faced off against South Africa, a highly anticipated clash in Kolkata. With the Proteas showcasing their batting prowess, the match promised fireworks, but India had different plans.
Their ruthless display culminated in South Africa's most significant defeat in World Cup history – a colossal margin of 243 runs. In a remarkable performance, India posted a staggering 326 and then bowled out South Africa for a mere 83 runs.
India's triumph was an epitome of their unwavering commitment in both batting and bowling. With Kohli's brilliant century, complemented by Iyer's explosive 77, along with vital contributions from the likes of Rohit and Jadeja, they set an imposing target.
India's bowlers continued their clinical form, with Ravindra Jadeja securing a five-wicket haul. South Africa, known for posting 350-plus scores in the World Cup, couldn't withstand the Indian onslaught and were dismissed in under 28 overs, tallying only 83 runs.
India's awe-inspiring performance in World Cup 2023 has earned them accolades and comparisons to the legendary West Indies side of the 1980s.
With their relentless approach and formidable squad, India is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in this World Cup and white-ball cricket.">