After our unexpected World Cup win in 1983, we, Indians, became obsessed with cricket. Soon, cricket became a religion that we deeply cherished and worshipped. Until then, Indian cricket grounds were mildly popular but seeing Kapil Dev conquering Lords, cricket lovers wished to see more matches on Indian grounds.
Almost a year after our illustrious win, on September 28, 1984, New Delhi became the second city after Sydney to host a day-night cricket match.
It was the opening match of Australia’s 1984 tour of India. Thousands of Delhiites poured into the ground to see the likes of Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma, and Sunil Gavaskar.
The match was held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.
The Australians batted first and scored a decent score of 220 runs. The highlight of their innings was Kapler Wessels’s blistering knock and his strong partnership with KJ Hughes, who was the captain of the Australian side.
On the other hand, Indian bowlers Madan Lal and AK Patel impressed with their bowling attack.
Indian openers, Surinder Khanna and Parkar, tried to give India a good start but were dismissed early by Carl Rackemann.
The next pair, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sandeep Patil, put up a good fight, but Australians bowlers were too hard to face. Indians lost five wickets with a score of just 97 runs.
Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev attempted to make a strong comeback but failed, too. Kapil Dev, the last hope, was bowled by Tom Hogan for 39, and India crashed at 172 in 40.5 overs.
Though India lost the match, still, it has an important place in Indian cricket history as this historic occasion showed everyone that India can host day-night matches, though many doubted this fact at that time.