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World Cup Cricket History

2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
CC Cricket World Cup 2011 will be the 10th World Cup. Prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, 9 Cricket World Cups have been organized by ICC. Australia have emerged winner on the most occasions – 4. Closely following is West Indies, who won the inaugural and the very next World Cup. All the Indian Subcontinent teams – India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won 1 World Cup each. Australia won in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007. West Indies won on 1975 (the first World Cup) and 1979. India won the World Cup in 1983, Pakistan won the World Cup in 1992 and Sri Lanka won in 1996.

The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will be the tenth Cricket World Cup and will be hosted by three South Asian Test cricket playing countries: India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It will be Bangladesh's first time co-hosting a Cricket World Cup. The World Cup will use cricket's One Day International format, with fourteen national cricket teams scheduled to compete. The World Cup will take place between February and early April 2011, with the first match to be played on 19 February 2011 with co-hosts India and Bangladesh facing off at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Immediately after the World Cup fever of 2007 subsides the fans would be counting the days to the next World Cup to be held in 2011. The 2011 Cricket World Cup will be the tenth time the tournament would be held. The World Cup of 2011 is scheduled to take place in the Indian sub-continent and the four countries that are going to host the 2011 World Cup are India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. India would host 22 matches, Pakistan 16, Sri Lanka 9 and Bangladesh 6. The final of the World Cup will be played at a state-of-the-art stadium to be built near the banks of the river Yamuna. The 2011 World Cup will also allow the non-Test Cricketing sides to compete.


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1975- England
Winner- West Indies
Second- Australia
The first Cricket World Cup was held in the year 1975. Cricket World Cup 1975 was held in England. 1975 Cricket World Cup final was played between Australia and West Indies. Australia was chasing a victory target of 292 runs and fell short by 17 runs in the 1975 Cricket World Cup final. 1975 Cricket World Cup final was nicely poised when the last Australian pair was playing. The Australian fast bowling duo of Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee were the last two Aussie batsmen, attacking the West Indian bowlers with courage. They’ve already added 41 runs for the last wicket and at one stage seemed to steal the 1975 Cricket World Cup final from the jaws of West Indies

There was no Man of the Series award in the Cricket World Cup 1975, as it was the first Cricket World Cup. The Man of the match award in the 1975 Cricket World Cup final was given to Clive Lloyd. Only 18 ODIs were played before the first Cricket World Cup - Cricket World Cup 1975. The first Cricket World Cup was an instant hit among the spectators.



1979- England
Winner- West Indies
Second - England
Cricket World Cup 1979 was held in England. 1979 Cricket World Cup final was played West Indies and England. England, under their shrewd captain, Mike Brearley, was fantastic throughout the tournament. Throughout the Cricket World Cup 1979, English team remained unbeaten; however, they lost the 1979 Cricket World Cup final against West Indies by a huge margin of 92 runs. In 1979 Cricket World Cup final, England was chasing a victory target of 287. They had a century stand for the first wicket between Geoff Boycott and Mike Brearley. However, they were too slow that some fans could have easily misunderstood, as if they were playing a five day match.




1983- England
Winner- India
Second - West Indies
If Pakistani fans would love to go through the section of Cricket World Cup 1992, Indian fans would love to read about this section. This is the section that talks about Cricket World Cup 1983. Cricket World Cup 1983 was held in England. India emerged as the new world champions, after West Indies by winning Cricket World Cup 1983 final against the mighty West Indies in the final at Lords on June 25 1983. 1983 Cricket World Cup final witnessed the fall of West Indies, thanks to an all round performance by the spirited Indian side.
1983 Cricket World Cup final was a low score game, as India were tumbled for a petty 183, thanks to some excellent bowling by pace quadrant of Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Andy Roberts. Srikkanth was the highest scorer for India with a score of 38 runs. He eventually remained the highest scorer in Cricket World Cup 1983 final, as no West Indian batsmen was able to score more than 33 (scored by Vivian Richards). Many remembered that memorable catch by the Indian Captain Kapil Dev in the 1983 Cricket World Cup final that dismissed Richards. Kapil ran for about 40 meters to his back and took the catch with precision. West Indies could have easily won Cricket World Cup 1983 final on any other given day, but June 25 1983 was meant for India.

1987- India,Pakistan
Winner- Australia
Second - England
Reliance World Cup; that was the official name of 1987 Cricket World Cup. Cricket World Cup 1987 was the first cup that was held outside England. Cricket World Cup 1987 was a great exposure for countries like India and Pakistan to host such a big sporting event. 


1987 Cricket World Cup final was the most tensed and closest world cup final ever held. In 1987 Cricket World Cup final, Australia chose to bat and scored 253-5. England, while chasing a victory target of 254, fell short by 7 runs. If England would have won 1987 Cricket World Cup final, they would have justified that cricket is indeed, an English game.

Cricket World Cup 1987 was the last world cup of Indian great Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar scored his only ODI century against New Zealand. What Australian team, everyone has witnessed in 2000s, is due to the victory in 1987 Cricket World Cup final. This victory in 1987 Cricket World Cup final was the entry gate for Australia in the Big League with West Indies, India, South Africa etc.


1992
Winner- Pakistan
Second - England
History of cricket saw a new world cup winner as Pakistan thumped England in 1992 Cricket World Cup final. Cricket World Cup 1992 final was one of the exciting finals one could imagine. Imran Khan, the Pakistani Captain at that time, took retirement, immediately after winning the Cricket World Cup 1992 final. 1992 Cricket World Cup final saw two upcoming cricketers for Pakistan – Inzamam-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram. Along with these two, Javed Miandad and Captain Imran Khan played useful innings to take Pakistan to a fighting total. England found the task hard. England lost their way in the middle overs, as a young Wasim Akram and spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, along with emerging pacer Aqib Javed demolished the English batting. Due to some brilliant all round performances, Pakistan managed to win 1992 Cricket World Cup final. Young and aspiring cricketers in Pakistan always dream of bringing the glory back, just like their team won the 1992 Cricket World Cup final.
 

1996- India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Winner- Sri Lanka
Second- Australia
1996 Cricket World Cup matches were mostly played in India and Pakistan. Though Sri Lanka also hosted some of the 1996 Cricket World Cup matches, but India and Pakistan were the major hosts of 1996 Cricket World Cup matches. Sachin  Tendulkar was the highest run getter and Anil Kumble was the highest wicket taker in 1996 Cricket World Cup matches.

The first 1996 Cricket World Cup semi final was played between India and Sri Lanka, in which Sri Lanka was awarded the match, as Indian supporters present in the Eden Gardens, Kolkata made it almost impossible for the match to continue. India, chasing a victory target of 252, was reduced to 120-8 in 34.1 overs. Due to crowd’s interference, 1996 Cricket World Cup semi final would always be counted in one of the darkest chapters of world cup cricket. 1996 Cricket World Cup semi final could have been exciting for India if the captain of India, Mohd. Azharuddin, having won the toss, chose to bat. It could have been a different story altogether.

1996 Cricket World Cup final was an exciting game. 1996 Cricket World Cup final was played between Australia and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka emerged as the winner in the 1996 Cricket World Cup final, defeating Australia by 6 wickets. 1996 Cricket World Cup final would always be remembered for the transformation of Sri Lankan team into a strong unit.

1999
Winner- Australia
Second- Pakistan
Cricket World Cup 1999 semi final was the most exciting semi final, one could ever see in a World Cup. Cricket World Cup 1999 semi final was between Australia and South Africa. Australia defeated South Africa earlier in the World Cup in Super 8 stage. To reach Cricket World Cup 1999 final, Australia need to either win the match or have to play a tie. On the other hand, South Africa required victory and only victory. Australia batted first and scored 213. They limited South Africa to 205-9 in 49 overs. South Africa needed 9 runs off the last over to win Cricket World Cup 1999 semi final and enter Cricket World Cup 1999 final. Lance Klusener was on the strike along with Allan Donald at the non striker end. The last over was to be bowled by Damien Fleming. Klusener hit two brutal cover drives on the first two balls of the over to level the scores. South Africa then needed only 1 run off 4 balls. The third ball was a dot one and Allan Donald ran unusually on the fourth ball to run himself out. South Africa was not able to enter the Cricket World Cup 1999 final, as the match tied and Australia entered the Cricket World Cup 1999 final.
In the Cricket World Cup 1999 final, Australia defeated Pakistan in the most one sided final, as it got over in 4 and a half hours. Pakistan batted first and managed to score only 132in 39 overs. Australia scored the needed runs in a mere 20.1 overs and lifted ICC Cricket World Cup 1999.

2003- South Africa
Winner- Australia
Second- India
CC Cricket World Cup 2003 was the eight Cricket World Cup. ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 was held in South Africa – the land of diamonds. It was the most successful World Cup held ever held. People still remember the Cricket World Cup 2003 final, which was held at Johannesburg on 23rd March 2003 between India and Australia.
That was Australia’s third World Cup title. On the other hand, India were the runner ups having lost the Cricket World Cup 2003 final by 122 runs. This was the second time an Indian team reached to the finals of Cricket World Cup. The other occasion was of course 1983 World Cup, where they defeated the mighty West Indies.

2007- West Indies
Winner- Australia
Second - Sri Lanka
Cricket World Cup 2007 final was played between the finalists of 1996 World Cup, Australia and Sri Lanka. Cricket World Cup 2007 final was a rain curtailed match and was of 38 overs only. Australia won the toss in the Cricket World Cup 2007 final against Sri Lanka and decided to bat first. Opening batsman and wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist was in a blazing form and scored 149 runs off just 104 balls with 13 fours and 8 sixes. Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds played useful innings to take Australia to a massive 281.

Sri Lanka, in reply chased the total bravely, as veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya scored 63 runs off 67 balls and shared a century stand for the second wicket with Kumar Sangakkara, who scored 54 off just 52 balls. But as soon as these two departed, Sri Lankans seemed to lose their way and lost the Cricket World Cup 2007 final by 53 runs.

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