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India won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011

The Cricket World Cup is the most prestigious tournament in cricket. All the top cricketing nations participate in the global event to win the coveted World Cup trophy. It is a dream opportunity for every player to represent the nation at the World Cup stage. There’s no other competition that can beat the recognition received by a tournament such as a World Cup. Even in cricket, the tournament hosted by the ICC brings similar credibility for each player who is fortunate to be a part of it.

The list of Cricket World Cup winners from 1975 to 2015 majorly highlights the five-time World Cup winners Australia, along with two-time winners in India and West Indies. Here, we take a look at the list of Cricket World Cup winners from 1975 to 2019.

List of Cricket World Cup Winners since 1975 to 2019

West Indies won the 1979 World Cup at Lord's
The West Indian World Cup-winning team in 1979 at Lord’s (Image Source: ICC Cricket)

Australia has been the most successful team with as many as five World Cup wins. On the other hand, England has made the most losing appearances in a World Cup final. In 1975, West Indies won the inaugural edition of the World Cup while England lifted the trophy in 2019 on their home soil. Both India and West Indies have won two World Cup titles, making them the joint-second most successful cricketing nations in World Cup cricket.

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Under the leadership of Kapil Dev, India won its first-ever World Cup in 1983 at Lord’s. It was for the first time since the inaugural edition in 1975 that West Indies was beaten in a World Cup Final. In 2011, 28 years after the inspirational win in 1983 WC win, India lifted its second World Cup title on their home soil at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

Here’s a brief look at each Cricket World Cup:

1. 1975 World Cup

In the inaugural Cricket World Cup in 1975, West Indies played as a dominant force throughout the tournament. West Indies skipper Clive Lloyd became the first captain to lead a World Cup-winning side. West Indies defeated Australia in the Final to claim the 1975 Prudential Cup.

Winners: West Indies

Runners-Up: Australia

Host Nation: England

 

2. 1979 World Cup

For the second time in a row, West Indies were the World Cup winners as they defeated England in the Final at Lord’s. It was an easy win for the Caribbean team as their fearsome bowling attack proved too good for the English batters.

Winners: West Indies

Runners-Up: England

Host Nation: England

 

3. 1983 World Cup

India won the 1983 World Cup
India won the 1983 World Cup (Image Source: ICC)

In a comeback of all sorts. India defied all the odds to win the Prudential Cup in 1983. Regarded as the underdogs, Team India defeated some of the strong contenders including West Indies, Australia, and England throughout their remarkable WC campaign in 1983. Eventually, in the 1983 Final, Kapil Dev and his men played a huge part in providing a changed identity to India thereafter.

Winners: India

Runners-Up: West Indies

Host Nation: England

 

4. 1987 World Cup

Australia - Winners of the 1987 Reliance Cup
Australia – Winners of the 1987 Reliance Cup (Image Source: ICC)

It was for the first time since the inaugural edition in 1979 that the World Cup was hosted outside of England. Known as the Reliance Cup, India and Pakistan jointly co-hosted the 1987 edition. However, it was an epic Australia vs England final at Eden Gardens that saw an end to the 1987 WC. Eventually, Australia got the better of their arch-rivals to lift their maiden World Cup trophy.

Winners: Australia

Runners-Up: England

Host Nation: India and Pakistan

 

5. 1992 World Cup

Pakistan won World Cup 1992
Imran Khan inspired Pakistan to World Cup triumph in 1992 (Image Source: ICC)

The 1992 edition exemplifies the true meaning of how a leader can inflict a change. In the Benson and Hedges Cricket World Cup 1992, Pakistan skipper Imran Khan inspired a tide of self-belief within the team that went onto clinch their maiden World Cup title after a poor start to the tournament. Khan identified talents such as Inzamam ul-Haq and lead from the front in adverse situations.

Winners: Pakistan

Runners-Up: England

Host Nation: Australia and New Zealand

 

6. 1996 World Cup

Sri Lanka won 1996 World Cup edition
Arjun Ranatunga – Sri Lanks’s World Cup-winning captain in 1996 (Imae Source: Getty Images)

The 1996 Cricket World Cup in the sub-continent saw the resurgence of minnows Sri Lanka as the Island nation went on to register their maiden World Cup win. Under the leadership of Arjun Ranatunga, Sri Lanka defeated Australia in the Final by a margin of 7 wickets.

Winners: Sri Lanka

Runners-Up: Australia

Host Nation: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India

 

7. 1999 World Cup

Australia’s all-round performance helped them to 1999 WC win (Image Source: Cricket.com.au)

The 1999 World Cup saw the concept of Super Six for the first time in Cricket World Cup history. The WC took place in England and Wales. It is fondly remembered for some of the future stars making their way through the ranks at the World stage. The likes of Mahela Jayawardene, Rahul Dravid, and others announced their arrival in ODI cricket. Australia claimed an easy win in the 1999 WC final after Pakistan was bowled out for a paltry score at Lord’s.

Winners: Australia

Runners-Up: Pakistan

Host Nation: England and Wales

 

8. 2003 World Cup

Australia : Winner of 2003 Cricket World Cup
Australia: Winner of 2003 Cricket World Cup (Image Source: ICC)

The 2003 WC edition in South Africa is fondly remembered for some of the most famous cricketing upsets. Be it England forfeiting the match against Zimbabwe or hosts South Africa miscalculation over the Duckworth Lewis method. In the end, Australia defeated India to be crowned World  Cup winners for the second time in a row. The 2003 WC also saw Shoaib Akhtar bowl the fastest delivery in cricket.

Winners: Australia

Runners-Up: India

Host Nation: South Africa

 

9. 2007 World Cup

Australia make a hattrick of World Cup wins in 2007
Australia make a hat-trick of World Cup wins in 2007

The 2007 World Cup edition is remembered for some unfortunate reasons including the death of Pakistan’s Head Coach Bob Woolmer. However, under the leadership of Ricky Ponting, Australia won their third consecutive World Cup trophy since 1999.

Winners: Australia

Runners-Up: Sri Lanka

Host Nation: West Indies

 

10. 2011 World Cup

India won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011
India won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 (Image Source: ICC)

A highly anticipated Cricket World Cup, the 2011 edition was hosted in the Sub-Continent after a span of 15 years. India was touted as the real favorites and it was no surprise when Dhoni’s last-ball six in the World Cup Final sealed a win after 28 years for the Indian team.

Winners: India 

Runners-up: Sri Lanka

Host Nation: India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh

 

11. 2015 World Cup

The 11th edition of the CWC was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. While Australia’s World Cup streak came to an end in 2011 QF against India, the co-hosts in the 2015 WC edition, emerged as winners for a record-fifth time in World Cup history on their home soil.

Winners: Australia

Runners-Up: New Zealand

Host Nation: Australia and New Zealand

 

12. 2019 World Cup

England won the 2019 Cricket World Cup
England won the 2019 Cricket World Cup (Image Source: Twitter/ICC)

In one of the most fascinating white-ball game ever, England camp up trumps against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup Final. It was amidst some dramatic scenes at Lord’s when England claimed their maiden World Cup win in 2019. NZ skipper Kane Williamson, the Player of the Tournament in WC 2019, was lauded for his efforts to carry his team through to the Final.

Winners: England

Runners-Up: New Zealand

Host Nation: England and Wales

 

Here’s a list of countries who have won the Cricket World Cup:

Year Host Nation/(s) Winner Runners-up Result
1975 England West Indies Australia West Indies won by 17 runs
1979 England West Indies England West Indies won by 92 runs
1983 England India West Indies India won by 43 runs
1987 India and Pakistan Australia England Australia won by 7 runs
1992 Australia and New Zealand Pakistan England Pakistan won by 22 runs
1996 Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India Sri Lanka Australia Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
1999 England Australia Pakistan Australia won by 8 wickets
2003 South Africa Australia India Australia won by 125 runs
2007 West Indies Australia Sri Lanka Australia won by 53 runs
2011 India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh India Sri Lanka India won by 6 wickets
2015 Australia and New Zealand Australia New Zealand Australia won by 7 wickets
2019 England and Wales England New Zealand Match Tied. England won the Super Over on boundary count

 

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Most Successful Team in Cricket World Cup History:

Australia won the Men's World Cup in 2015
Australia has won the World Cup five times (Image Source: Cricket Australia)

Undoubtedly, with most World Cup titles, Australia has also won the most matches in the history of the Cricket World Cup. The ‘Kangaroos’, as they are usually called, have emerged triumphant on 69 occasions out of their 95 World Cup appearances. New Zealand and India take the second and the third spot with 54 and 53 wins in Cricket World Cup respectively.

RANK

Team

Matches

Wins

Losses

1 AUSTRALIA 95 69 24
2 NEW ZEALAND 90 54 35
3 INDIA 84 53 29
4 ENGLAND 84 49 33
5 PAKISTAN 79 45 32
6 WEST INDIES 71 43 36
7 SRI LANKA 82 40 39
8 SOUTH AFRICA 64 38 23
9 BANGLADESH 40 14 25
10 ZIMBABWE 58 12 42
11 KENYA 30 7 22
12 IRELAND 21 7 13
13 CANADA 18 2 16
14 NETHERLANDS 20 2 18
15 AFGHANISTAN 15 1 14

 

The Cricket World Cup is scheduled to happen once every four years. After its last edition in 2019, the next edition of Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India. It will be for the fourth time in the Cricket World Cup history that Team India will be hosting a World Cup event. In 1987, India, along with Pakistan, hosted their first major World Cup.

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