This may be your 11th series or maybe your 1st series of world cup to watch. Just so you may know that this time things are different… (Bit heated up) in this tournament. The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International (ODI) cricket. The occasion is composed by the game’s overseeing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), at regular intervals.
Cricket has changed a lot since 1975, when the International Cricket Council (ICC) started this marquee event, and so have the formats and playing conditions.
1) 1975 World Cup Final
England, New Zealand, West Indies and Australia were the teams that qualified for the semi-finals, making this the only World Cup in which no team from the Indian subcontinent made it to the semis. Australia defeated England and West Indies beat New Zealand in the semis. In the 1975 world cup final, West Indies, led by Clive Llyod, scored 291-8 in 60 overs, with skipper scoring 102 off 85 balls, and defeated Ian Chappell’s Australia by 17 runs at Lord’s cricket ground in London on June 21.
2) 1979 World Cup Final
After the league games, Pakistan, England, New Zealand and West Indies made it to the semi-finals. England defeated New Zealand in a very close fight by 9 runs, while West Indies beat Pakistan by 43 runs in the second semi-final. In the 1979 cricket world cup final, Clive Llyod’s West Indies scored 286 for 9, with Vivan Richards scoring a magnificent 138 runs off 157 balls. In reply, Mike Brearley-led England managed to score only 194. West Indies won their second world cup in a row.
3) 1983 World Cup Final
England, India, Pakistan and West Indies made it to the 1983 world cup semifinal. In the first semi-final India (217-4) defeated England (213-10) on June 22 at Old Trafford in Manchester. West Indies (188-2) crushed Pakistan in the second semifinal, chasing the target of 185 in just 48.4 overs. Underdogs India made it to the finals and defeated the mighty West Indians at Lords Cricket Ground in London by 43 runs. In the 1983 world cup finals, India managed to score only 183 runs but with a brilliant bowling effort bundled out West Indies for 140. And thus began the Indian cricket team’s new journey in the cricketing world.
4) 1987 World Cup Final
India, Pakistan, England and Australia made it to the semi-finals. Australia (267-6) defeated Pakistan (249) in the first semi-final, while England (254-6) beat India (219) in the second semi-final. In the 1983 world cup final, Allan Border’s Australia (253-5) defeated Mike Gatting’s England (246-8) to lift the world cup.
5) 1992 Cricket World Cup Final
New Zealand, England, Pakistan and South Africa qualified for the semi-finals. In the first semis, Pakistan (264-9) defeated New Zealand (262-7) while England (252-6) beat South Africa (232-6) in a rain-affected match. In the 1992 World Cup final, Imran Khan’s Pakistan defeated Graham Gooch’s England by 22 runs to lift the trophy.
As the 8 best teams of today prepare to lock horns in the greatest cricketing extravaganza, we take down memory lane to look at the winners and losers of the 11 past ICC Cricket World Cups
6) 1996 World Cup Final
India, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Australia won their respective quarterfinal fixtures and made it to the semis. Sri Lanka (251-8) crushed India (120-8) in the first semifinal and stormed into finals, while Australia (207-8) defeated West Indies (202) in the second semi-final. In the 1996 World Cup final, Arjuna Ranatunga’s Sri Lanka (245-3) defeated Australia (241-7) by 7 wickets to win their maiden ICC World Cup title.
7) 1999 World Cup Final
After the Super Sixes round, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand made it to the semi-finals. In the first semis, Pakistan (242-1) defeated New Zealand (241-7) while in the second semi-final Australia (213) was tied with South Africa (213) in what is regarded as a greatest cricketing contest in the history of World Cups. Australia advanced to the final as it had defeated the Proteas previously in the tournament. In the 1999 cricket world cup final, Australia (133-2) outclassed Pakistan (133) to win the title.
8) 2003 Cricket World Cup Final
After the super sixes round, India, Kenya, Australia and Sri Lanka advanced to the semi-final. In the first semi-finals, India (270-4) defeated Kenya (179-10), while Australia beat Sri Lanka in the second. India had to suffer heartbreak in the final against mighty Australia, which went on pile a record 359. When put to bat, India was able to score only 234-10.
9) 2007 World Cup Final
After the completion of the super 8 stage, Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa advanced to the semis. In the first semi-final, Sri Lanka (289-5) defeated New Zealand (208), while in the second Australia (153-3) demolished South Africa (149) by 7 wickets. In the 2007 world cup final, Australia (281-4) defeated Sri Lanka (215-8) by 53 runs (D/L method) in a rain-affected match to lift the trophy.
10) 2011 World Cup Final
After the completion of the league stage, four teams each from the two groups made it to the quarterfinals. India defeated Australia in the quarterfinals to advance to the semis, where it again defeated arch-rival Pakistan. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, defeated England in the quarters and overcome the New Zealand challenge in the semis to meet India at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. This was the first time in the World Cup history that two Asian teams were appearing in the final. It was also the first time since the 1992 World Cup that the final match was not featuring Australia. In the 2011 cricket world cup, India went on to defeat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets, with captain Dhoni taking his team past the target with a magnificent six. This was the first time that the host of an ICC cricket world cup had gone on to win the tournament.
11) 2015 World Cup Final
After league and quarterfinals matches, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and India qualified for the semis. In the first semifinal, New Zealand defeated South Africa, as Proteas choked again. Australia, meanwhile, handed a crushing defeat to defending champions India. In the 2015 world cup final, Australia chased down New Zealand’s 183 runs with ease and won the final by 7 wickets. With this, the Australia cricket team became the only in world cricket to have won the ICC world cup a record five times. This was the second time that one of the hosts had ended up as the champion of an ICC cricket world cup.
Here are 10 lesser known certainties about the Cricket World Cup:
1. The first World Cup was composed in England in June 1975. Be that as it may, the first ODI cricket match was played just four years preceding this.
2. Britain is the main nation that has facilitated most elevated quantities of World Cup competitions (multiple times). From the 1987 competition onwards, facilitating has been shared between nations under an informal pivot framework, with fourteen ICC individuals having facilitated at any rate one match in the competition.
3. Out of the ten releases of the ICC Cricket World Cup competitions played and finished up till now, Australia has won multiple times, trailed by the West Indies and India (twice each) and after that Pakistan and Sri Lanka (once each).
4. Indian player Chetan Sharma is otherwise called World Cup hat-trick man for his record in the ICC World Cup. In the World Cup 1987, Sharma took the first hat-trick in the historical backdrop of competition when he clean bowled Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield of New Zealand off successive balls.
5. South Africa’s Gary Kirsten has the most elevated score in a World Cup coordinate, making 188 not-out against UAE in 1996.
6. Clive Lloyd of West Indies and Ricky Ponting of Australia are the only captains to win the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy twice. Lloyd won the cup in 1975 and 1979 while the Australian batsman won in 2003 and 2007.
7. The most astounding score of World Cup matches is 433-5 in India refrains Bermuda match in 2007 and the least is 36 among Canada and Sri Lanka in 2003.
8. Kepler Wessels is the only player to speak to two nations in the historical backdrop of ODI. He played for Australia from 1982 to 1985 and afterwards represented to South Africa in 1991.
9. In 1996, Nolan Clarke of the Netherlands turned into the most established player (47 years, 257 days) to play in a World Cup.
10. For the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, two
opening functions were held (first time in the historical backdrop of ODIs) independently
in Christchurch, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia, on February 12, 2015,
two days before the initial two matches.
These are some of the facts that you should know to enjoy this season of world cup…Let us know in the comment section who is going to win this race in your opinion.