ICC ODI Cricket World Cup Winners List
Australia has by far the best record in ODI world cups, having won five of them so far. They are followed by the West Indies and India with two triumphs each. Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England are the other nations to win this important competition. Let’s now look at the main details of each edition.
ICC ODI Cricket World Cup Winners List (Updated 2019)
|No.||Year||Hosted Place||Winner||Runner-Up||Score||Final Match Result|
|1||1975||England||West Indies||Australia||WI= 291, Aus= 274||West Indies won by 17 runs|
|2||1979||England||West Indies||England||WI= 286, Eng= 194||West Indies won by 92 runs|
|3||1983||England||India||West Indies||Ind=183, WI=140||India won by 43 runs|
|4||1987||India & Pakistan||Australia||England||Aus=253, Eng=246||Australia won by 7 runs|
|5||1992||Australia & New Zealand||Pakistan||England||Pak=249, Eng=227||Pakistan won by 22 runs|
|6||1996||India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||Australia||Aus=241, Sri=245||Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets|
|7||1999||England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands||Australia||Pakistan||Aus=133, Pak=132||Australia won by 8 wickets|
|8||2003||Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe||Australia||India||Aus=359, Ind=234||Australia won by 125 runs|
|9||2007||West Indies||Australia||Sri Lanka||Aus=281,
|Australia won by 53 runs|
|10||2011||India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka||India||Sri Lanka||Ind=277, Sri=274||India won by 6 wickets|
|11||2015||Australia, New Zealand||Australia||New Zealand||Aus= 186, NZ=183||Australia won by 7 wickets|
|12||2019||Egland, New Zealand||England||New Zealand||Eng=241, NZ=241 (Tie) S.Over (NZ= 15, Eng= 15)||England won by
1975 ODI World Cup
In the inaugural edition in June 1975, eight teams participated and there were 60 overs per innings. Prudential Insurance was the sponsor and therefore the competition was named Prudential Cup. The final was held between West Indies and Australia. The Caribbeans batted first and piled 291 thanks to skipper Clive Lloyd’s hundred. He and Rohan Kanhai rescued the Windies from 50/3 by forming a 149-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
The Windies then limited the Aussies to 274 to etch a 17-run win. Clive Lloyd was named the Player of the Match.
1979 ODI World Cup
England was the host once again and eight nations participated. The final was played between the Windies and England. Batting first, the Caribbeans amassed 286 aided by Viv Richards’s 138 not out. He was involved in a vital fifth-wicket partnership of 139 runs with Collis King.
The Poms only put up token resistance and crumbled to 194 all out. The Windies thus easily retained the trophy. Joel Garner shone with the ball, grabbing 5 scalps in 11 deliveries. Richards was declared the Player of the Match.
1983 ODI World Cup
In the Prudential Cup 1983, there were again eight teams participating. India surprised all by beating mighty teams like the Windies, Australia and England to reach the final played against the Caribbeans. The Indians batted first and put up 183. They defended this low total capably and scored a 43-run triumph to emerge surprise winners. Mohinder Amarnath was named the Player of the Match for his all-round efforts.
1987 Cricket World Cup
India and Pakistan were the hosts and each side was allotted 50 overs. This edition was named Reliance Cup after the tournament’s sponsor. England and Australia reached the final which was played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The Aussies batted first and notched up 253/5 aided by David Boon’s 75 off 125 balls and Mike Veletta’s 45 in 31. The game went to the wire and the Aussies kept their nerve to triumph by seven runs. Boon was named the Player of the Match.
1992 ODI World Cup
The 1992 edition was called Benson & Hedges Cup and was hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Nine nations participated and Pakistan and England went to the day-night final at MCG.
Pakistan won the toss and put up 249/6. They then restricted the Poms to 227 to etch a 22-run triumph. Wasim Akram won the Man of the Match award for his excellent bowling effort.
1996 ODI World Cup
India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan hosted the 1996 event which was named Wills World Cup. 12 countries participated in this edition. The final was held between Australia and Sri Lanka.
Lanka won the toss and asked the Aussies to bat first. They scored 241/7 helped by a 101-run partnership for the second wicket between Ricky Ponting and skipper Mark Taylor. The Lankans chased down the target successfully, losing just three wickets thanks to Aravinda de Silva’s brilliant ton. They thus won the world cup title for the first time. De Silva was named the Player of the Match.
1999 ODI World Cup
The 1999 World Cup was hosted by England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Netherlands and 12 countries participated in the tournament that year. Pakistan and Australia reached the final which was played at Lord’s.
The Aussies bowled out Pakistan for just 132 in 39 overs helped by Shane Warne’s four-for. Then, Adam Gilchrist smashed a quick fifty and assisted Australia to reach the target in a little more than 20 overs. Australia thus won the world cup for the second time. Warne was declared the Player of the Match.
2003 ODI World Cup
South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya jointly hosted this edition. 14 sides participated and the final was played between Australia and India. It was held at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Australia batted first and took the Indians out of the game by amassing 359/2. Their innings was marked by an unbeaten 234-run partnership between Damien Martin and Ricky Ponting. India managed to make just 234 and lost by a whopping 125 runs. Ponting won the Player of the Match award.
2007 ODI World Cup
West Indies hosted this event in which 16 teams took part. Sri Lanka and Australia reached the final which took place at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
A rain delay restricted the final to 38 overs per side. Batting first, the Aussies posted 281/4 helped by Adam Gilchrist’s belligerent hundred. Sri Lanka’s reply was interrupted by rain and they were restricted to 215/8 in their allotted overs. The Aussies thus won by 53 runs as per the Duckworth-Lewis system. They thus achieved a hat trick of world cup triumphs and won their fourth title overall. Gilchrist was declared the Player of the Match.
2011 ODI World Cup
India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh jointly hosted this edition in which 14 sides took part. India and Sri Lanka were the finalists and the match was played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Sri Lanka batted first and amassed 274/6, cracking an amazing 91 in the last 10 overs. The Indians chased the target successfully helped by opener Gautam Gambhir’s 97 and skipper MS Dhoni’s 91 not out. Dhoni finished the game with a mighty sixer over long-on. He won the Player of the Match award.
2015 ODI World Cup
Australia and New Zealand co-hosted the 2015 edition featuring 14 teams. The co-hosts reached the final played at MCG.
The Aussies restricted the Kiwis to 183 and chased the target easily, losing just three wickets. They were helped by useful fifties from Michael Clarke and Steven Smith. Australia’s James Faulkner won the Player of the Match award.
2019 ODI World Cup
Wales and England hosted this event with 10 teams participating. The group games were organised in a round-robin format with New Zealand and England qualifying for the final at Lord’s.
The Kiwis batted first and piled 241/8. England also posted 241 and the match ended in a tie. In the Super Over, each team notched up 15 runs and there was another tie. The match was decided by boundary count with England’s 26 boundaries in the game prevailing over New Zealand’s 17. Therefore, England were declared winners of the 2019 World Cup.
That then is the summary of the 12 ODI world cup editions held so far. The 2023 tournament is scheduled to be held in India in October/November.
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