The ICC Cricket World Cup is about to enter its 12th edition in 2019. This time, the prestigious tournament will be hosted by England and Wales. England has already hosted the ODI World Cup 4 times in the past. In fact, the first 3 tournaments were held in England.
The mighty West Indies that were ruling the game in the 70s won the first 2 editions of the tournament in 1975 and 1979. They were the dominant force and possessed a fearsome line-up. Clive Lloyd was the winning captain on both occasions.
West Indies, led by Llyod, made it to the final of the 1983 World Cup as well. But this time, India, captained by Kapil Dev, pulled off the extraordinary and won the tournament for the first time. Australia then won the event by defeating England in 1987 in a tournament that was hosted by India and Pakistan.
Pakistan them emerged as the new winners of the crown in 1992 under the leadership of Imran Khan. Just like India won in 1983 with the tag of being the underdogs, Sri Lanka achieved the same in 1996 by running over Australia.
Then arrived the era of Australian cricket as they won 3 back to back titles. Steve Waugh led them to glory in 1999 while Ricky Ponting lifted the trophies in 2003 and 2007. Team India, under the leadership of MS Dhoni, won the title after 28 years and became the first team to win a World Cup at home. Australia repeated the feat in 2015 and won their record 5th title. The Men in Gold are the reigning champions at the moment.
|ICC CWC Winners|
|1987||Australia||England||India and Pakistan||Kolkata|
|1992||Pakistan||England||Australia and New Zealand||Melbourne|
|1996||Sri Lanka||Australia||India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka||Lahore|
|1999||Australia||Pakistan||England and Wales||London|
|2007||Australia||Sri Lanka||West Indies||Bridgetown|
|2011||India||Sri Lanka||India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka||Mumbai|
|2015||Australia||New Zealand||Australia and New Zealand||Melbourne|
-Stats as of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015