Cricket World Cup Winners List: Cricket is one of the oldest played sport across the globe. The modern-day trend in cricket led to the foundation of limited-overs cricket. The ICC Cricket World Cup is the most prestigious trophy of the game. The World Cup is conducted in the much anticipated ODI format and is held after every four successive years.
The first-ever ICC World Cup was held in 1975. Since then, it was no looking back for it to emerge as the most victorious and popular part of the game. Check out our complete ICC ODI Cricket World Cup Winners List From 1975 to 2019.
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1975: West Indies
The inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup was held at the home of cricket- England. All the teams put in their whole and souls to lift the first title. The West Indies Team emerged victorious in the Final against Australia. In a hotly contested Final, the Caribbeans managed to win by only 13 runs. West Indies got through under the able guidance of Clive Lloyd who was the then Skipper. Sir Vivian Richards was also part of the victorious side.
1979: West Indies
The second edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup was all set to take place in England again due to the highly developed cricketing infrastructure. West Indies yet again proved their caliber and won their second consecutive World Cup title. In the final against England, West Indies registered a thumping victory over the hosts as it won by 92 runs. Clive Lloyd became the first captain to win two consecutive World Cup titles.
The third edition of ICC Cricket World was hosted by England for the third consecutive time. The winning chain of West Indies was broken by the young and dominant Team India. India defeated West Indies in a low-scoring final at Lord’s to lift their first-ever World Cup Title. The heroics of Kapil Dev and other cricketing legends led India to a comfortable victory. Dev was the Indian Skipper who received the shiny trophy.
The fourth ICC Cricket World Cup was set to be hosted at a different venue. In a joint bid before the ICC, India and Pakistan were granted the hosting rights and cricket was set to enter the Asian Subcontinent. Australia succeeded in winning its first World Cup title in the Indian subcontinent. In one of the most thrilling World Cup finals, Australia defeated England by just 7 suns. Sir Allan Border was the Captain of the Australian World Cup-winning team in 1987.
After a successful world cup campaign in 1987, Australia won the hosting rights for the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup along with New Zealand. One of the most fiercely fought Cricket World Cups saw the aggressive Pakistan Team emerging victorious to win gather first-ever World Cup title at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Yet again, the English dreams of their world cup title were shattered as Pakistan defeated them by 22 runs in the Final. The ambitious Pakistan team was led by the current Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.
1996: Sri Lanka
Pakistan’s victory at the 1992 World Cup set the stage for the subcontinent to host their second World Cup in eight years. India and Pakistan jointly hosted the 1996 Cricket World Cup. Following the native subcontinental conditions, Sri Lanka paved their way to winning its first ICC Cricket World Cup title and it became the fifth nation to do so. In the most epic battles at World Cup Finals to date, Sri Lanka defeated Australia by 7 wickets to seal the title. The Sri Lankan team was led by captain Arjuna Ranatunga.
The cricketing action was shifted to the home of cricket as England was set to host the seventh edition of the World Cup. The Kangaroos yet again proved their dominance in world cricket by winning their second World Cup title. In a one-sided Final match, Australia bundled out Pakistan for a mere 132 runs and chased down the total with 8 wickets in hand. The Aussies were led by the most talented captain Steve Waugh. The final took place at the iconic Lord’s Stadium in London.
The eighth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup was all set to be hosted at a novel venue as South Africa received the hosting rights after a hot debate. Australia became the second team to win two consecutive World Cup titles after the West Indies and became the most successful team at the competition by winning three titles. In a poorly fought Final by the Indians, Australians managed to conceive a victory by a massive 125 runs. The Aussies in its transitional period saw a change in leadership as Ricky Ponting led the side to a successive world cup.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 was the ninth edition of the prestigious championship that was set to be hosted in the West Indies. In yet another milestone for the Australian Team, the Kangaroos won their third consecutive World Cup title being the first-ever cricketing nation to achieve the marvelous feat. In yet another dominant performance by the Aussies in the finals, they defeated Sri Lanka by 53 runs. Ricky Ponting became the second captain to win two consecutive world cup titles for his team.
World Cup cricket was back in the Indian subcontinent after almost a decade as India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were jointly granted the hosting rights of the 2011 edition of the mega tournament. India won the World Cup after 28 years of glory under the superior leadership of Captain MS Dhoni who led his team to an impressive victory in the Finals at the Wankhede Stadium. India defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets to be declared as the undisputed winners of the 2011 World Cup. Yuvraj Singh was the Man of the Series.
The eleventh edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup was scheduled to take place in 2015. Australia and New Zealand collectively won the hosting rights for the mega league. Australia registered a comfortable victory over New Zealand in the Finals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as it lifted the 5th World Cup title and became the only nation to do so. Australia has set high standards of International cricket and it managed to win a historic fifth title under the leadership of Michael Clarke.
The latest ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was held in England and Wales. England emerged victoriously and lifted their first-ever ICC World Cup title at the Final in Lord’s. In an entertaining and most thrilling World Cup Finals in the history of cricket, England defeated New Zealand in a Super Over. The match was tied after 100 overs of gameplay. In a tied Super Over, England was declared the winners owing to a boundary hit by Ben Stokes, the star of the Final. Eoin Morgan became the first English Captain to lift the World Cup.
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