1975-2023: List of all ICC Cricket World Cup winners (ODI World Cup)
The inaugural edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup took place in England in 1975.
ICC Cricket World Cup is the biggest tournament in the game of cricket. It started back in 1975, with the first edition played in England. West Indies won the first edition. It is played once every four years, and so far 12 editions have been taken place successful.
Australia are the most successful team in the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup. They have won it a total of six times, which is the most by any team. India and West Indies have won it two times each, and some other teams have won only won it once. Here, we will talk about the list of winners for all ICC Cricket World Cup events.
Here is the List of all ICC Cricket World Cup Winners
1. West Indies – 1975 :
The inaugural edition in 1975 was held in England with eight teams. West Indies won the first edition under the leadership of Clive Llyod. The final was played between West Indies and Australia at Lord’s, and Caribbean team won the final by 17 runs, defending the target of 292.
2. West Indies – 1979 :
West Indies continued their dominance in the second edition as well and won their second title in a row. Clive Lloyd became the first ever captain to lead a nation to two World Cup events in a row. This time, West Indies faced England in the final at Lord’s. Batting first, Caribbean team made 286/9 and dismissed England for 194 to win it by 92 runs.
3. India – 1983 :
West Indies were on course of making it three in a row and qualified for the third final in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1983. But this time they were up against an all-spirited India led by Kapil Dev. The final was played at the Lord’s, and India got all out for 183 runs, and it was looking like an easy win for West Indies. But somehow, India gathered themselves to deliver a brilliant bowling display and dismissed West Indies for 140 runs to win the finals and become only the second team to win the ICC Cricket World Cup.
4. Australia – 1987 :
After missing out on their first attempt in 1975, Australia went on to win the fourth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1987. This win came under Allan Border in the tournament hosted jointly by India and Pakistan. Australia faced England in the final and won the game by 7 runs, defending the target of 254.
5. Pakistan – 1992 :
Pakistan made history when they became only the second Asian team to win the ICC Cricket World Cup. This win came in 1992 under the captaincy of great Imran Khan which was played in Australia and New Zealand. Pakistan faced England in the final at the MCG. They made 249/6 and restricted England to 227 to win it by 22 runs.
6. Sri Lanka – 1996 :
Sri Lanka won the sixth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1996, and it was the third time that an Asian team became the World Champions. The tournament was hosted in the subcontinent, and a total of 12 teams took part in it. Sri Lanka faced Australia in the final, hosted at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Australia made 241 and Sri Lanka made 245/3 to win it by 7 wickets. This win came under leadership Arjuna Ranatunga.
7. Australia – 1999 :
Australia won their second title in 1999, when Steve Waugh took the team to glory. This tournament was held in England, Wales, Netherlands and Ireland jointly with 12 teams. Australia played the final against Pakistan at Lord’s. Pakistan were dismissed for just 132 runs, and Australia made 133/2 in 20.1 overs to win by 8 wickets and lift their second title.
8. Australia – 2003 :
After Steve Waugh, it was Ricky Ponting who took the charge, and the rest is history. Australia were on an undefeated streak for probably the longest time in history of the game. In the 2003 edition, played in South Africa and Zimbabwe, Australia won every game, including the final. Men in yellow faced India in the final and recorded a one-sided win of 125 runs, which is the biggest win margin in a World Cup finals. With this, Australia became the first team to win three titles.
9. Australia – 2007 :
Australian dominance continued in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 as well. This tournament took place in West Indies, with a total of 16 teams. Just like the previous edition, Australia won all of their matches, including the final against Sri Lanka, which was played at Kensington Oval, Barbados. Australia made 281 and restricted Sri Lanka to 215 to win it by 53 runs (DL method).
10. India – 2011 :
After a wait of 28 years, India won their second World Cup title. This win came under captaincy MS Dhoni in 2011 which was held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with a total of 14 teams. After beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the semis, India qualified for the final which was played at Wankhede Stadium. They faced Sri Lanka in the finals. Batting first, Sri Lanka posted a challenging total of 274/6, but India had great performances from Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni, and the game ended with a six from Dhoni’s bat, and India became the champions for the second time.
Notably, India became first ever team to win the title as hosts.
11. Australia – 2015 :
Australia became the champions for the fifth time in the 11th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup, played at home. Michael Clarke took the team to the final, where they met the co-hosts New Zealand at the MCG. Batting first, New Zealand were dismissed for 183 runs, and Australia made 186/3 to win their fifth title by 7 wickets.
12. England – 2019 :
The team that introduced the game of cricket to the world had to wait a long time to win their first world title. They won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, held at home, with a total of 10 teams. England faced New Zealand in a nail-biting final at Lord’s. New Zealand made 241/8 and dismissed England for 241. Game went to the super-over, which also resulted in a tie. England were declared the winners on the basis of the boundary count as a tie-breaker of super-over.
12. Australia – 2023 :
Australia have created history by adding one more trophy to their tally. Australia now have won it for the sixth time. India defeated Australia by six wickets in Ahmedabad. India were bundled out for 240 runs. Australia showed why they are known for being the most successful team and won the title again. Australia scored 241 runs losing just 4 wickets. Travis Head was the top-performer scoring 137 runs.
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