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  • champions:  west indies
  • runners-up:  australia
  • most runs:  Glenn Turner (333)
  • most wickets:  Gary Gilmore (11)

The first Cricket World Cup final was staged at the greatest and perhaps the most revered Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on June 21. The match consisted of 60 six-ball overs per team and was played between Australia and West Indies. Australia won the toss and invited Windies to bat. The Caribbeans struggled as paceman Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee swing into action. The game was completely in favour of Australia as Gary Gilmour joined the whirlwind with his spins.

At 50 for 3, captain Clive Lloyd joined Rohan Kanhai and there was no looking back for the team. From 85 balls Lloyd scored 102 runs, including 12 fours and 2 sixes, to end the innings with a formidable total of 291 on score board. Australia’s Gary Gilmour had bagged five wickets for 48 runs. The Aussies batting side had a galaxy of stars but the trouble began as Kallicharan took Rick McCosker at 25 in the slips off Keith Boyce. Boyce took four scalps as the Windies won the match by 17 runs to become the first ever World Champions in cricket. As Caribbeans dominated the field Australians ran out of steam and gave up five run-outs which became crucial in the game.

Captain Ian Chappell who bagged 62 runs was the top scorer in Australian team. Aussies score board lost its shine except for Alan Turner, who took advantage of the pitch to score 50 runs, and Dough Walters, who helped captain to steady the ship with 35 runs. Thus, Caribbeans won the first ever Cricket World Cup and Clive Lloyd, who shined with a century and a wicket, was chosen the best performer at Lord’s.

  • champions:  west indies
  • runners-up:  england
  • most runs:  Gordon Greenidge (253)
  • most wickets:  Mike Hendrick (10)

Lord’s was once again chosen to stage Cricket World Cup with the first champion West Indies and the host team England eyeing for the cup. West Indies was once again asked to bat after England chose to field on winning the toss. Though captain Clive Lloyd returned to the pavilion with just 13 runs to his kitty Lord’s saw the rise of a new king in maroon cap. The name of Vivian Richards echoed the stadium as he scored 138 runs out of 157 balls and gave strong support to Collis King who managed 86 runs from 66 balls. West Indies score board showed 286-6 as the team completed 60 overs.

England openers got off to a good start with Mike Brearley (64) and Geoff Boycott (57) adding 129 runs in 38 overs. Graham Gooch with his hefty strokes added 32 runs to the score taking the hosts to 183/2. But he became the first of Joel Garner’s five wickets in 11 overs and in no time England lost all its batsmen and lost the match for 194 all out.

Michael Holding joined hands with Garner to send two batsmen back to pavilion. England lost eight men in 11 overs and five of the last seven were dismissed for ducks. West Indies defeated England by 92 runs to lift the trophy once more and Richards was declared Man on the Match.

  • champions:  india
  • runners-up:  west indies
  • most runs:  David Gower (384)
  • most wickets:  Roger Binny (18)

The third edition of Cricket World Cup marked a miracle as ‘Kapil’s Devils’ rewrote history by changing the image of Indian cricket. 1983 world cup saw the uprising of Indian team which had a poor reputation in one-day cricket. The team slayed West Indies team, the mighty and seemingly invincible ones, in the final match at Lord’s on June 25.

After losing the toss, India was asked to bat first against West Indies team which was considered to have world’s best bowling attackers. India could compile on 183 runs as they lost all its men in 54.4 overs. Only Mohinder Amarnath, who scored 26 runs from 80 balls, and Kris Srikkanth, who got 38 runs from 57 balls, managed to put up any resistance against Windies slayers. The score, which reminded of the year, was much lower than the ones in previous finals. The balls of Andy Roberts, who got three wickets, and Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Michael Holding ripped through the Indian batsmen. The only other batsman who scored above 20 was Sandip Patil (27).

Windies was not expecting such a stunning performance from Indian bowlers and were defenseless against the mayhem that followed. As Kapil Dev got the wicket of Richards at 33, which was least expected, Caribbeans began to lose the ground. India got rid of Lloyd (8), Gomes (5) and Faoud Bacchus (8) at single numbers. The only others who managed to touch a two number score were Desmond Haynes (13), Jeff Dujon (25) and Malcolm Marshall (18). Kapil’s Devils were unstoppable and Amarnath adjudged the last batsman Michael Holding (6) to finish the game at 52 overs. Windies had scored only 140 runs while the Indians ran for the souvenir. Amarnath, who took three wickets conceding just 12 runs from seven overs was awarded Man of the Match.

England’s David Gower topped running score with 384 runs. He scored 130 runs from 120 balls against Sri Lanka. Along with the cup India won most other awards. Roger Binni who got 18 wickets became highest wicket taker. The biggest score was from Indian captain Kapil Dev, who scored 175 (not out) against Zimbabwe. Thus, 1983 World Cup was a complete win for India.

  • champions:  australia
  • runners-up:  england
  • most runs:  Graham Gooch (471)
  • most wickets:  Craig Mcdermott (18)

It marked the shifting of the epicenter of Cricket World Cup from England. The previous World Cup tournaments, which were also called Prudential World Cup, were held in England. The fourth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament was known as the Reliance Cup 1987, named after its sponsors, and it was from there that cricket gained popularity as a commercial entity. The one-day format remained intact but the number of overs was reduced from 60 to 50, which was followed by World Cup matches then onwards.

Being the host and World Cup title holders everyone expected India to win the tournament but they lost to England who scored 254 runs in the semi final. India was bowled all out for 219 and lost by 35 runs at the Wankhede Stadium on 5 November giving England a berth to the final. Australia, on the other side, had already gained an entry to the final after defeating Pakistan in semi finals for 18 runs.

The final game was played at Eden Garden on 8 November 1987. Australia, who chose to bat after winning toss, scored 253 runs buoyed by David Boon’s 75 runs. England, the runners up of first World Cup could manage only 246 runs in 50 overs. Boon was adjudged Man of the Match.

It was in 1987 that Chetan Sharma took a hat-trick, a first in the World Cup. He took three against New Zealand in Nagpur. England’s Graham Gooch (471) became the top scorer of the tournament while Australia’s Craig McDermott (18) became highest wicket taker.

  • champions:  pakistan
  • runners-up:  england
  • most runs:  Martin Crowe (456)
  • most wickets:  Wasim Akram (18)

Cricket World Cup became a colourful event at Benson & Hedges World Cup, the fifth staging of the Cricket World Cup in 1992. The teams wore coloured jersey for the first time replacing whites that resembled test cricket. Indian jersey was dark blue in colour with four stripes at the upper portion while lower portion was kept plain. The game also saw other changes like replacement of red ball by white after the introduction of day/night matches. Australia, the existing champion, was the favourite and most favoured team. It was also the first World Cup to include South Africa after the end of apartheid. The tournament was also the first to be held in Southern Hemisphere. The game format was changed with a complete round-robin replacing two qualifying groups. The competing countries were to play 28 round-robin matches followed by two-semi finals and the finals. The rule for calculating the score of team batting second in rain-affected matches was also changed from Average Run Rate Method to Most Productive Overs Method.

Existing champions, Australia missed out semi-finals and India too had a disappointing tournament as did not progress beyond round-robin. New Zealand, who co-hosted the tournament, took everyone by surprise as they won first seven consecutive games to finish top after the round-robin. South Africa too made a triumphant return by winning against Australia to qualify for semis. England and Pakistan were the other two teams that entered semi-finals. Pakistan defeated New Zealand to book a place in World Cup finals for the first time while England beat South Africa under new rules for rain-affected matches. England scored 253 runs and rains hit the match as South Africa’s score was 232/6. After a 10-minute rain delay South Africa’s target was revised from 22 runs from 13 balls to an impossible 21 runs from one ball.

In the final, Pakistan beat England by 22 runs to win the World Cup with the backing from Imran Khan (72) and Javed Miandad (58). Pakistan scored 249/6 while England lost all its batsmen at 49.2 overs scoring 227 runs. Wasim Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed, who took three wickets each, along with Aaqib Javed, who took two wickets, sealed England’s hope. Martin Crowe (456) became the player of the series while Wasim Akram (18) took most wickets.

  • champions:  sri lanka
  • runners-up:  australia
  • most runs:  Sachin Tendulakar (523)
  • most wickets:  Anil Kumble (15)

The 1996 Cricket World Cup or the Wills World Cup marked the second coming of tournament to Asian sub-continent. India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan joined hands to host the tournament and the first game between England and New Zealand was held in Ahmadabad. Nathan Astle’s century helped New Zealand win over England by 11 runs.

Controversy dogged the tournament even before the beginning of games as West Indies and Australia refused to send their teams to Sri Lanka after Tamil Tigers bombed Central Bank in January 1996. Sri Lanka questioned the security concerns raised by countries and extensive negotiations the ICC decided to award both games on forfeit to them. Following this, Sri Lanka automatically got qualified for quarter-finals, without playing qualifying round. Sri Lanka hosted four matches at three venues while India hosted 17 matches and 16 matches were played in Pakistan. Sri Lanka also reached semi finals after defeating England in quarter finals.

India defeated Pakistan in the quarter finals held at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. India scored 287 in 50 overs while Pakistan lost for 39 runs after they were fined one over for a slow over rate. Anil Kumble, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Venkatesh Prasad were the backbones behind India’s victory. West Indies became the third team to confirm their position in semi finals after defeating South Africa. Australia was the last one to enter final four after they won against New Zealand.

The semi-final against Sri Lanka was a bitter experience for India who followed a lead of 252 runs. Though India lost Sidhu in the beginning Sachin Tendulkar and Sanjay Manjarekar led the team ahead. The team was at 98/1 when Sachin got stumped at 65. Thereafter, the wickets began to tumble and with each returning batsman the crowd became more and more restless. The audience was baffled by the performance after Indian team stood at 120/8 and it became clear that the team would loss the game. Soft drink containers and water bottles were hurled into the ground and this continued for almost half-an-hour. Though the game resumed after sometime but the spectators began throwing bottles once again before Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan could finish the second ball of his unfinished over. As the situation turned dangerous the match was awarded to Sri Lanka. Australia won final slot after defeating West Indies.

Sri Lanka won the toss and sent Australia to bat. Though the Aussies had a good start from captain Mark Taylor and Ricky Ponting, Sri Lanka, with their 4 prong spin attack, managed to end the innings at 241/7. Sri Lanka had a nervous start but Aravinda de Silva, played a match-winning 107 from 124 balls with the support from veterans Asanka Gurusingha (65) and captain Ranatunga (47 not out). De Silva got Man of the Match after he took three wickets losing only 42 runs while Sanath Jayasurya was named Man of the Series as the team also bagged their first World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 523 runs from seven innings was the top scorer while Anil Kumble, who took 15 wickets, was the highest wicket taker.

  • champions:  australia
  • runners-up:  pakistan
  • most runs:  Rahul Dravid (461)
  • most wickets:  Geoff Allott (20)

1999 marked the return of World Cricket to its home ground. Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Netherlands also joined hands to host the tournament. Teams were divided into Pool A and B for initial rounds. It was the first World Cup to be named after ICC while earlier ones were known in the name of sponsors.

England gave a grand opening by defeating existing champions Sri Lanka by eight wickets. India gave up to Zimbabwe in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar, who was at home after the death of his father. Super six consisted of India, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand. Of them, Pakistan, Australia and South Africa got into semi finals with three wins while New Zealand had two wins in the kitty.

First semi final was played between New Zealand and Pakistan. Stephen Fleming chose to bat on what looked like a flat track that favoured batting but capitulated under Shoaib Akhtar’s thunderbolts. The Kiwis managed to finish with 241/7 and did not put up a challenge to Pakistan. The other semi final was between Australia and South Africa. On winning the toss South Africa decided to field and Australia managed a total of 213 as Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock shared the last nine of the ten wickets between them. Though South Africa began steadily they began losing wickets soon falling to 61/4. The team entered final over at 205/9 and the game became a tie but Australia progressed to final as they had finished higher in super six with superior net run rate.

The final game was between Australia and Pakistan at Lord’s. Pakistan chose to bat after winning toss and Australia bundled them out for 132 as Shane Warne took four wickets by merely giving 33 runs in nine overs. As Australia began batting, Adam Gilchrist scored 54 of 36 balls making a mockery of Pakistan bowlers. Aussies won the match in 20.1 overs losing only two wickets to lift the World Cup. Shane Warne was named Man of the Match while Lance Klusener of South Africa became the Player of the Tournament. India’s Rahul Dravid scored most runs (461) and Geoff Allott of New Zealand and Shane Warne of Australia were the wicket hunters who slayed 20 players each.

  • champions:  australia
  • runners-up:  india
  • most runs:  Sachin Tendulkar (673)
  • most wickets:  Chaminda Vaas (23)

The final was played between India and Australia. On winning the toss India sent Australia for batting. The opening batsmen made it clear that the team is aiming for a huge score as Adam Gilchrist (57) and Matthew Hayden (37) began the innings. Though India managed to return opening batsmen to pavilion captain Ricky Ponting (140 from 121 balls) along with Damien Martyn (88 from 84 balls) made record with 234 runs from 30.1 overs. The final score of Australia was 359 at 7.18 runs per over losing only two wickets.

India lost Sachin Tendulkar in the first over which made run chase even more difficult for them. Virender Sehwang gave hope to India as he scored 82 from 81 balls but was run out by Darren Lehmann. The loss was sure as Rahul Dravid (47 from 57 balls) was bowled. Indian batsmen maintained the run rate above 7 per over but lost their wickets easily to give an emphatic victory to Australia with a record margin of 125 runs. Ponting was named Man of the Match.

The tournament featured 14 teams with a total of 54 matches. Teams were divided into groups and top three were qualified for super six stage. The format was round-robin and knockout. Australia had a real victory as they won all the 11 matches, including the final against India. It was their third World Cup, the only team to win thrice. Sachin became the Player of the Series after 673 runs while Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas (23) took most wickets.

  • champions:  australia
  • runners-up:  sri lanka
  • most runs:  Mathew Hayden ‍(659)
  • most wickets:  Glenn Mcgrath (26)

It is one of the heartbreaking World Cup tournaments that Indian cricket lovers wish to forget. Both India and Pakistan failed to advance past group stage with upsets in the first round after the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer under suspicious circumstances. The games were held in West Indies for the first despite Caribbeans had been one of the most successful teams in past World Cups.

The World Cup saw Australia once again establishing their authority in world cricket by winning the World Cup consecutively after defeating Sri Lanka. The tournament featured 16 teams, the largest ever in Cricket World Cup, and was divided into four groups. Tournament format was round-robin and knockout. The top two teams from each team advanced to Super 8 stage where each team played against six qualifiers from other groups after which the top four went to semi-finals.

The final was a repeat of 2003 with Australia and Sri Lanka batting against each other. The match was Sri Lanka’s second final and Australia’s fourth ina row. Australia won the toss and chose to bat but the match was reduced to 38 overs per team owing to rain. Australia’s Adam Gilchrist scored 149, the highest score by any batsman in World Cup final, bringing their score card to 281/4. Sri Lanks began well with Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya adding 116 runs. Rains hit once again reducing Sri Lankan innings to 36 overs and target revised to 269. At the end of 33 overs umpire suspended the game owing to bad light and decided to play last three overs on next day. Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene decided to continue the game on the same day and Australia agreed to play only spins. The last three overs were played almost in complete darkness and Australia won by 53 runs adhering to Duckworth-Lewis method. Australian bowler Glenn McGrath won Player of the Series with 26 wickets. Australia’s Matthew Hayden (659) won the player of the series.

  • champions:  india
  • runners-up:  sri lanka
  • most runs:  Tillakaratne Dilshan (500)
  • most wickets:  Zaheer Khan, Shahid Afridi (21)

2011 marked India’s second World Cup victory after the team defeated Sri Lanka for six wickets at Wankhade stadium in Mumbai. India became the first country to win World Cup in their home ground and the third team to have won the title more than once. Sri Lanka chose to bat after winning toss in the finals and even after losing wickets fast they scored 274/6 with the backing of 103 runs from Mahela Jayawardene and 48 runs from Kumar Sangakkara. India began with a bad start as they lost opener Virender Sehwag in the second ball itself. Sachin Tendulkar too lost ground and next pair was of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli who added 83 runs in 15 overs. Captain M S Dhoni was the next in the line and he joined Gambhir to add 109 runs, a record for India in World Cup final. India chased down the score set by Sri Lanka and won the match by six wickets in the 49th over.

Dhoni was named Man of the Match while Yuvraj Singh became Man of the Tournament. The World Cup was historical as it was for the first time that two Asian countries appeared in the final. Fourteen teams took part in the tournament and the opening match was played between India and Bangladesh. The teams were divided into two groups and top four from each team qualified for the quarter finals. This was followed by knockout where the teams with top score would play semi-finals. India beat Pakistan for 29 runs while Sri Lanka won against New Zealand for five wickets to reach finals. Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan was the top scorer (500) while India’s Zaheer Khan and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi were named highest wicket takers after both took 21 wickets each.

  • champions:  australia
  • runners-up:  new zealand
  • most runs:  Martin Guptill (547)
  • most wickets:  Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult (22)

Australia, the game favourites, once again won the finals by 7 wickets for the fifth Cricket World Cup triumph in 2015. New Zealand had chosen to bat after winning toss but could manage only 183 runs from 45 overs before losing all their batsmen. The only batsmen who put up some resistance were Grant Elliott (93) and Ross Taylor (40). New Zealand lost five players for 150 runs in 36 overs and their innings closed with 183 all out.

Australia too had a rough start after Aaron Finch was caught for a duck in second over. The team played slow and was 98/2 by 20th over. Captain Michael Clarke scored 74 (72) and Steve Smith (56) joined hands to help Australia win the game. Shane Watson, who joined Smith after Clarke was dismissed, took the team to victory in 33.1 overs.

Aussies had qualified for finals after defeating India, the existing champions, by 95 runs in the semi-finals. Australia scored 328 runs while India lost for 233 all out. New Zealand had won against South Africa by four wickets in a rain-affected match at Auckland’s Eden Park. New Zealand had scored 299 while South Africa could get only 281 runs in the semi finals.

There were 14 teams in the tournament and were divided into two groups of seven. The teams played each other before the top four qualified for the quarter finals. Both the hosts New Zealand and Australia along with South Africa and India emerged winners of knockout stage to qualify for semi finals. Australia’s Mitchell Starc was named Player of the Series while Martin Guptill (547) scored most runs. Mitchell Starc and New Zealand player Trent Boult (22) shared the prize for most wickets. Indian players Umesh Yadav, who took 18 wickets, and Shikhar Dhawan, with 412 runs, also marked their names in world cricket.