The 2019 ICC World Cup is the 12th edition of the tournament. ICC World Cup is the international championship of one day cricket, sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC), every four years. It is the biggest tournament in cricket as the winner gets the pride of being the “World Champion”. 11 World Cups have been played and 5 different countries have won the titles. Let’s take a look at the previous 11 World Cup Winners. 

1. West Indies (1975 World Cup)

The 1975 World Cup was the first edition of the cricket World Cup and was sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held from 7 to 21 June 1975 in England. The tournament had eight participating countries: Six test playing nations and two associate nations. 

The teams were divided into two groups of four, with each team playing the other teams in their group once; the top two from each group qualified for the semi-finals, with the winners of these matches meeting in the final. Each match consisted of 60 overs per team.

In the final, the West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs. There was no “Man of the Series” award in 1975.

West Indies won their first World Cup

2. West Indies (1979 World Cup)

The 1979 World Cup was the second edition of the Cricket World Cup and was sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held from 9 to 23 June 1979 in England. The tournament had eight participating countries: six test playing nations and two associate nations. 

The teams were divided into two groups of four, with each team playing the other teams in their group once; the top two from each group qualified for the semi-finals, with the winners of these matches meeting in the final. Each match consisted of 60 overs per team.

In the final, the West Indies scored a very imposing total of 286 (9 wickets, 60 overs). England was all out for 194 runs in 51 overs. There was no “Man of the Series” award in 1979.

West Indies won their second World Cup.

Clive Lloyd with 1975 and 1979 World Cup trophies, Image Source: Twitter

3. India (1983 World Cup)

The 1983 World Cup was the third edition of the cricket world cup and was sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held from 9 to 25 June 1983 in England. The tournament had eight participating countries. 

The teams were divided into two groups of four, with each team playing the other teams in their group twice; the top two from each group qualified for the semi-finals, with the winners of these matches meeting in the final. Each match consisted of 60 overs per team.

In the final, India scored 183 (all out, 54.4 overs). West Indies was all out for 140 runs in 52 overs. There was no “Man of the Series” award in 1983.

India won their first World Cup

Kapil Dev with 1983 World Cup trophy, Image Source: ScrollDoll

4. Australia (1987 World Cup)

The 1987 World Cup was the fourth edition of the cricket World Cup and was sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held from 8 October to 8 November 1987 in India and Pakistan. The tournament had eight participating countries. 

The teams were divided into two groups of four, with each team playing the other teams in their group twice; the top two from each group qualified for the semi-finals, with the winners of these matches meeting in the final. Each match consisted of 50 overs per team.

In the final, Australia posted 253 (5 wickets, 50 overs). England failed to score  17 runs from the last over.

Australia won their first World Cup.

Australian Team with 1987 World Cup trophy, Image Source: ICC-Cricket

5. Pakistan (1992 World Cup)

The 1992 World Cup was the fifth Edition of the Cricket World Cup and was sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held from 22 February to 25 March 1992 in Australia and New Zealand. The tournament had nine participating countries. 

The initial draw was released with eight competing countries and 28 round-robin matches, plus two semi-finals and a final. In late 1991, South Africa was re-admitted adding 8 more matches. Each match consisted of 50 overs per team.

In the final, Pakistan posted 249 (6 wickets, 50 overs). England was all out for 227 in 49.2 overs. Martin Crowe of New Zealand the “Man of the Series”.

Pakistan won their first World Cup

Imran Khan with 1992 World Cup trophy, Image Source: inextlive

6. Sri Lanka (1996 World Cup)

The 1996 World Cup was the sixth edition of the cricket World Cup and was sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held from 14 February to 17 March 1996 in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The tournament had twelve participating countries: nine test playing nations and three associates. 

The twelve countries were split into two groups and each team played the remaining teams once. Each match consisted of 50 overs per team.

In the final, Australia posted 241 (7 wickets, 50 overs). Sri Lanka chased down the target in 46.2 overs with the loss of 3 wickets.

Sri Lanka won their first World Cup

Sri Lankan Team with 1996 World Cup trophy, Image Source: indiatoday

7. Australia (1999 World Cup)

The 1999 World Cup was the seventh edition of the Cricket World Cup and was sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held from 14 May to 20 June 1999 in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and, Netherlands. The tournament had twelve participating countries.

The twelve countries were split into two groups and each team played the remaining teams once. The top three teams in each group qualified for the Super Sixes. The Top four teams in Super Sixes qualified for the semifinals. Each match consisted of 50 overs per team. 

In the final, Pakistan was all out for 132 (39 overs). Australia chased down the target in 20.1 overs with the loss of 2 wickets. Lance Klusener of South Africa was declared as the Player of the Tournament.

Australia won their second World Cup 

Australian Team with 1999 World Cup trophy, Image Source: ICC-Cricket

8. Australia (2003 World Cup)

The 2003 World Cup was the eighth edition of the Cricket World Cup and was sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held from 9 February to 23 March 2003 in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and, Kenya. The tournament had 14 participating countries.

The 14 countries were split into two groups and each team played the remaining teams once. The top three teams in each group qualified for the Super Sixes. The top four teams in Super Sixes qualified for the semifinals. Each match consisted of 50 overs per team.

In the final, Australia scored 359/2 (50 overs). India was all out to 234 in 39.1 overs. Sachin Tendulkar of India was named the “Player of the Series”.

Australia won their third World Cup.

Australian Team with 2003 World Cup trophy, Image Source: Cricket Australia

9. Australia (2007 World Cup)

The 2007 World Cup was the 9th edition of the Cricket World Cup and was sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held from 13 March to 28 April 2007 in West Indies. The Tournament had 16 Participating Countries.

The 16 countries were split into four groups and each team played the remaining teams once. The top two teams in each group qualified for the Super 8. The Top four teams in Super 8 qualified for the semifinals.  Each match consisted of 50 overs per team.

In the final, Australia scored 281/4 (38 overs). Sri Lanka scored only 215/8 in 36 overs. Australian bowler Glenn McGrath was named the “Player of the Series”.

Australia won their fourth World Cup.

Australian Team with the 2007 World Cup Trophy, Image Source: Dailymotion

10. India (2011 World Cup)

The 2011 World Cup was the tenth edition of the Cricket World Cup and was sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held from 19 February to 2 April 2011 in India, Sri Lanka and, Bangladesh. The tournament had 14 participating countries.

The 14 countries were split into two groups and each team played the remaining teams once. The top four teams in each group qualified for the quarterfinals. Each match consisted of 50 overs per team.

In the final, Sri Lanka scored 274/6 (50 overs). India chased down the target in 48.2 overs with the loss of 4 wickets. India’s Yuvraj Singh was declared as the “Man of the Tournament”.

India won their second World Cup.

Indian Team with the 2011 World Cup trophy, Image Source: Pinterest

11. Australia (2015 World Cup)

The 2015 World Cup was the 11th edition of the Cricket World Cup and was sponsored by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was held from 14 February to 29 March 2015 in Australia, and, New Zealand. The tournament had 14 participating countries.

The 14 countries were split into two groups and each team played the remaining teams once. The top four teams in each group qualified for the Quarter Finals. Each match consisted of 50 overs per team.

In the final, New Zealand scored only 183/10 (45 overs). Australia chased down the target in 33.1 overs with the loss of 3 wickets. 

Australia won its fifth World Cup.

Australian Team with the 2015 World Cup trophy, Image Source: Irish Mirror

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