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ICC World Cup History: The Chronicle of the Cricketing Extravaganza

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ODI World Cup is a four-year international cricket tournament organized by the ICC. It is managed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and includes teams from different countries that play cricket. The competition has a long history that dates back to 1975. The ICC ODI World Cup has served as both a cricket festival and a stage for countries to come together and share their love of the game. It has seen fierce competition, suspenseful outcomes, and flashes of pure genius. The World Cup, the top ODI competition in cricket, continues to enthral viewers all over the world and is still considered the most important game. Let us delve into the rich tapestry of ICC ODI World Cup history, where cricketing heroes rise, nations unite, and the spirit of the game shines on the global stage, along with the winners list.

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ICC World Cup – The Beginning 

ODI World Cup 1975

Source: ICC

The inaugural ICC ODI World Cup was held in England in 1975. Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and East Africa were among the eight teams who competed. The West Indies emerged as the champions by defeating Australia in the final at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

ODI World Cup 1979

The 1979 ODI World Cup, held in England, saw the West Indies defending their title. The tournament featured eight teams, and the West Indies faced England in the final at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Clive Lloyd’s magnificent century, along with Viv Richards’ aggressive batting, propelled the West Indies to a formidable total. England fell short in their chase, and the West Indies emerged victorious, securing their second consecutive World Cup title, and establishing themselves as a dominant force in international cricket.

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The Rise of the Subcontinent

ODI World Cup 1983

Source: The Indian Express

The 1983 ODI World Cup held in England was a turning point in Indian Cricket history. India, led by Kapil Dev, achieved a remarkable triumph by defeating the mighty West Indies in the final at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Kapil Dev’s iconic innings of 175 against Zimbabwe and Mohinder Amarnath’s all-around performance in the final were crucial in India’s victory. The win marked India’s first-ever World Cup title, instilling belief and igniting a cricketing revolution in the nation.

ODI World Cup 1987

The 1987 ODI World Cup was jointly hosted by India and Pakistan. It featured eight teams and introduced a new format with teams playing each other in a round-robin stage, followed by knockout matches. In the final, Australia faced England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Australia emerged victorious, thanks to David Boon’s century and Craig McDermott’s superb bowling performance. This victory marked Australia’s first-ever World Cup win, setting the stage for their future dominance in the tournament.

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ODI World Cup 1992

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In 1992, nine teams played in a round-robin format before knockout games in Australia and New Zealand. During a thrilling final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Pakistan won their first-ever World Cup title under Imran Khan by defeating England in the final.


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ODI World Cup 1996

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In 1996, the tournament was jointly hosted by India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It featured 12 teams, and Sri Lanka emerged as the champions by defeating Australia in the final. This was the first World Cup played with colored clothing and white cricket balls.

Australia’s Era of Dominance

ODI World Cup 1999

ICC ODI World Cup History | KreedOn
Source: News18

The 1999 World Cup held in England saw Australia win their second title by defeating Pakistan in the final. The tournament also witnessed an iconic semi-final clash between Australia and South Africa, known as the “Tie-Duckworth Lewis” match.

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ODI World Cup 2003

The 2003 World Cup held in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya saw Australia dominating the tournament. They defeated India in the final to win their third World Cup title. The tournament was notable for the incredible batting performances of Australia’s Ricky Ponting.


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ODI World Cup 2007

ICC ODI World Cup History | KreedOn
Source: News18

Rain and scandals hampered the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. Australia maintained their domination in the final, beating Sri Lanka to win their fourth title. However, the tournament will be remembered for India and Pakistan’s surprising early exits.

ODI World Cup 2011 – The Great Comeback

ICC ODI World Cup History | KreedOn
Source: ANI News

In 2011, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh co-hosted the ODI World Cup on the Indian subcontinent. India triumphed on home soil, defeating Sri Lanka in the final, with captain MS Dhoni hitting the winning runs. India won its second World Cup title with this victory.

ODI World Cup 2015 – Australian Dominance Rekindled

ICC ODI World Cup History | KreedOn
Source: ICC

The 2015 World Cup, which was hosted in Australia and New Zealand, featured an exciting final between the co-hosts. Australia won the tournament after beating New Zealand in a tight encounter. Australia won its fifth World Cup.


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The Kiwis’ Brave Surge & England’s Redemption

ODI World Cup 2019

ICC ODI World Cup History | KreedOn
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The ODI World Cup 2019 was held in England and Wales. The tournament featured 10 teams competing in a round-robin format, followed by knockout matches. England emerged as the champions, defeating New Zealand in a thrilling final that went into a Super Over, which England won on a boundary count.

ODI World Cup 2023

ICC ODI World Cup | KreedOn
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Looking ahead, the next ODI World Cup of 2023, is scheduled to be held in India in 2023. It promises to be an exciting tournament as teams from around the world will compete to etch their names in cricketing history. There is no doubt that the impending ICC World Cup 2023 is the largest and most-anticipated competition of the current year. Only a few months remain till the much-awaited event. The ICC World Cup’s 2023 edition will take place in India. The tournament has been held by India in the past, but this is the first time they will do so independently. India has previously co-hosted the competition with Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. India is presently getting ready to host the entire event by itself.

ICC ODI World Cup Winners List

ODI World Cup YearWinners of ODI World Cup
1975West Indies
1979West Indies
1983India
1987Australia
1992Pakistan
1996Sri Lanka
1999Australia
2003Australia
2007Australia
2011India
2015Australia
2019England
2023 Yet to be played

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