The Cricket World Cup is a major one-day cricket tournament held every four years. It is organized by the International Cricket Council. There are trial tournaments before it starts. The Cricket World Cup is considered to be the most important cricket tournament. The first World Cup was played in 1975 in Britain. A separate Women’s World Cup has been played since 1973.
The World Cup is played between ten Test-playing nations and the best performing in the ICC Trophy. So far 10 World Cups have been played. The last cup was played in 2011 in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Australia is the most successful team to have won four times so far. West Indies and India have won the Cricket World Cup twice, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won the Cricket World Cup once.
The Cricket World Cup 2007 was played in the West Indies in March 2007 in which 16 teams participated. In the final, Australia defeated Sri Lanka to win the World Cup for the fourth time.
First International Cricket Match
The first international cricket match was played between the United States and Canada on September 24 and 25, 1844. But the first Test match was played in 1877 between Australia and Britain. Cricket was made part of the 1900 Olympics in which Britain defeated France to win the gold medal.
First Cricket Tournament
The first cricket tournament was held in 1912 with the participation of Britain, Australia, and South Africa. But he was not very successful. Later, as the number of teams playing cricket increased, so did the quality of Test cricket and the popularity of cricket. Until 1960, the same style of cricket was played in which teams played each other for three, four, or five days.
In 1962, England introduced a new style of cricket which we know today as one-day cricket. Cricket was initially played between British county teams and became popular. But this cricket started long after among other countries. During the Test match between Britain and Australia in 1971, due to bad weather, no game could be played for four days. Both the teams decided to play one inning of 40 overs in which each over consisted of eight balls. Which was quite liked. Given the popularity of one-day cricket, the International Cricket Council has decided on competitions between sub-cricket teams, known today as the Cricket Cup.
Prudential World Cup
The first World Cup was held in 1975 in the United Kingdom. Which was played under the name of Prudential Cup. For the first time, a red ball was used and for the first time, the teams wore white. Eight teams took part in it. These included the United Kingdom, Australia, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, and the West Indies (currently playing Test cricket), and Sri Lanka and East Africa.
South Africa was not allowed to play in it due to apartheid. In this, West Indies defeated Australia by 17 runs. The first World Cup final was played at Lord’s. The first three World Cups were played in Britain.
First World Cup
The first World Cup played between June 7 and 21, 1975, featured eight teams, including six teams with Test status, the West Indies, England, Australia, India, Pakistan, and New Zealand, as well as Sri Lanka and East Africa. In the final of this tournament, the West Indies team led by Clive Lloyd defeated Australia by 17 runs.
Second World Cup
Played in 1979. The tournament was once again hosted by England and this tournament also featured eight teams as in the first World Cup. However, the Australian team did not consist of its best players, while the East African team was replaced by the Canadian team this time. Like in the previous world, every innings of the match in this tournament also consisted of 60 overs. Defending champions West Indies and hosts England faced off in the final this time and thanks to Vivian Richards’ brilliant century and Joel Garner’s excellent bowling, West Indies scored 22 runs. Successfully defended his title by winning the match.
Third World Cup
It was played in 1983. Eight teams also took part in the tournament, including Sri Lanka with new Test status, as well as ICC Trophy winners Zimbabwe. The Indian team, led by Kapil Dev, won the World Cup. Performed well and surprised everyone by beating the favorite West Indies in the final after beating hosts England in the semi-finals. It was the first time in the history of the World Cup that a team other than the West Indies won the World Cup. I succeeded.
Fourth World Cup
The 1987 Cricket World Cup was held outside England for the first time and this time the honor of hosting was shared between India and Pakistan. Fifty overs has done. In the same World Cup, neutral umpires were introduced for the first time. The host countries of the tournament, India, and Pakistan, reached the semi-finals of the competition, but there they lost to England and Australia. In the final played at Eden Gardens in Calcutta, Australia won the tournament for the first time by defeating England by seven runs after a tough contest.
Fifth World Cup
The fifth Cricket World Cup was played from February 22 to March 25, 1992, in Australia and New Zealand, with Pakistan defeating England by 22 runs in the final. A total of nine teams participated in this World Cup and 39 matches were played in the final.
Sixth World Cup
The 1996 World Cup was once again hosted by the subcontinent and this time the tournament was jointly held in Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. A total of twelve teams participated in the tournament which was divided into two groups. It was the first time that the UAE, Kenya, and the Netherlands got a chance to participate in these competitions. Became the first host country to win the tournament.
Seventh World Cup
Held in 1999. This time the Cricket World Cup was held three years later instead of four years apart and was hosted by England again sixteen years later. The tournament was played under a round-robin and knockout system. In addition to the nine teams with Test and ODI status, the winners of the ICC Trophy tournament were Bangladesh, Scotland, and Kenya. The tournament will be remembered for its semi-final against Australia. Alan Donald of South Africa could not score a run in the match and was run out. The match was tied but Australia reached the final due to a better record where it defeated Pakistan after a one-sided contest to win the tournament for the second time.
Eighth World Cup
Held in 2003. The first and eighth World Cups of the new century were co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. This was the first time that the World Cup was held in Africa. The tournament, which ran from February 9 to March 24, featured 14 teams divided into two groups who competed in 44 matches. The tournament was also played under a round-robin and knockout system. During the tournament, England refused to play in Zimbabwe and New Zealand in Kenya. Defending champions Australia excelled in this World Cup and once again reached the final. Ricky Ponting’s smoky 140 runs crushed India and Australia became the first team to win the tournament three times.
Ninth World Cup
Held in 2007. The host of the ninth World Cup became the winner of the first two World Cups. A total of 16 teams, divided into four groups, took part in the competition, which ran from March 13 to April 28. The top two teams from each group advanced to the Super Eight stage, followed by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. New Zealand and South Africa, who failed to advance to the semi-finals of the World Cup in the past, could not advance beyond this stage and the 2007 World Cup final match in terms of teams. However, this time the result was reversed from the 1996 World Cup and Australia defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final at Kensington Oval on April 28 for the third time in a row and overall. But won the competition for the fourth time.
Tenth World Cup
Played from 12 February 2011 to 2 April 2011. It was hosted by Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh. However, due to unfavorable conditions, matches played in Pakistan were shifted to India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. A total of 14 teams participated in these competitions which were divided into two groups. In Group A, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Canada and India, Bangladesh, South Africa, England, West Indies, Ireland, and the Netherlands participated in Group B. Four of which reached the quarter-finals, Pakistan in Group A. Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and India, South Africa, England and West Indies from Group B. In them, Pakistan defeated West Indies to make it to the semi-finals, while India beat former champions Australia to advance to the second semi-final. In the first semi-final, Sri Lanka defeated England and New Zealand defeated South Africa. Sri Lanka reached the final by defeating New Zealand in the first semi-final and India defeated Pakistan in the second semi-final, thus the final of the 10th World Cup 2011 on April 2 in Mumbai against Sri Lanka. It was played between Sri Lanka and India in which India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets to win the World Cup for the second time in 28 years. This time there were a total of 48 matches.
Eleventh World Cup
Man of the Tournament
Year ———- player performance details –
1992 ———- New Zealand Martin Crow 456 runs
1996 ———— Sri Lanka Sanath Jayasuriya 221 runs and 7 wickets
1999 ————- South Africa Lance Closner 281 runs and 17 wickets
2003 ————- India Sachin Tendulkar 673 runs and 2 wickets
2007 ————– Australia Glenn McGrath 26 wickets
2011 ————- India Yuvraj Singh 362 runs and 15 wickets
Man of the match in the World Cup final
Year ———- player performance details –
1975 ———- West Indies Clive Lloyd 102 runs
1979 ———– West Indies Vivian Richards 138 *
1983 ———— India Mohinder Amarnath 3/12 and 26
1987 ———— Australia’s David Bone 75 runs
1992 ————- Pakistan Wasim Akram 33 and 3/49
1996 ————- Sri Lanka Orlanda de Silva 107 * and 3/42
1999 ————— Australia Shane Warren 4/33
2003 ————- Australia Ricky Ponting 140 *
2007 —————– Australia Adam Gilchrist 149
2011 ————— India Mahendra Singh Dhoni 91 *