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Cricket World Cup

This article is about the main tournament. For the women's tournament, see Women's Cricket World Cup. For the recent tournament, see 2015 Cricket World Cup. For the Twenty20 tournament, see ICC World Twenty20.

ICC Cricket World Cup
Administrator International Cricket Council (ICC)
Format One Day International
First tournament 1975 (England)
Last tournament 2015 (Australia, New Zealand)
Next tournament 2019 (England and Wales)
Tournament format ↓various
Number of teams 20 (all tournaments)
14 (most recent)
Current champion 23x15px Australia (5th title in 2015)
Most successful 23x15px Australia (5 titles)
Most runs Template:Country data IND Sachin Tendulkar (2,278)
Most wickets 23x15px Glenn McGrath (71)
33px 2015 (Australia and New Zealand)

The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International (ODI) cricket. The event is organised by the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), with preliminary qualification rounds leading up to a finals tournament held every four years. The tournament is one of the world's most viewed sporting events and is considered the "flagship event of the international cricket calendar" by the ICC.[1]

The first World Cup was organised in England in June 1975, with the first ODI cricket match having been played only four years prior. However, a separate Women's Cricket World Cup had been held two years before the first men's tournament, and a tournament involving multiple international teams had been held as early as 1912, when a triangular tournament of Test matches was played between Australia, England and South Africa. Each of the first three World Cups were held in England. From the 1987 tournament onwards, hosting has been shared between countries under an unofficial rotation system, with fourteen ICC members having hosted at least one match in the tournament.

The finals of the World Cup are contested by the ten full members of the ICC (all of which are Test-playing teams) and a number of teams made up from associate and affiliate members of the ICC, selected via the World Cricket League and a later qualifying tournament. A total of 20 teams have competed in the eleven editions of the tournament, with 14 competing in the 2015 tournament. Australia has won the tournament five times, with the West Indies, India (twice each), Pakistan and Sri Lanka (once each) also having won the tournament. The best performance by a non-full-member team came when Kenya made the semi-finals of the 2003 tournament.


Before the first Cricket World Cup

The first international cricket match was played between Canada and the United States, on 24 and 25 September 1844.[2] However, the first credited Test match was played in 1877 between Australia and England, and the two teams competed regularly for The Ashes in subsequent years. South Africa was admitted to Test status in 1889.[3] Representative cricket teams were selected to tour each other, resulting in bilateral competition. Cricket was also included as an Olympic sport at the 1900 Paris Games, where Great Britain defeated France to win the gold medal.[4] This was the only appearance of cricket at the Summer Olympics.

The first multilateral competition at international level was the 1912 Triangular Tournament, a Test cricket tournament played in England between all three Test-playing nations at the time: England, Australia and South Africa. The event was not a success: the summer was exceptionally wet, making play difficult on damp uncovered pitches, and attendances were poor, attributed to a "surfeit of cricket".[5] In subsequent years, international Test cricket has generally been organised as bilateral series: a multilateral Test tournament was not organised again until the triangular Asian Test Championship in 1999.[6]

The number of nations playing Test cricket increased gradually over the years, with the addition of West Indies in 1928, New Zealand in 1930, India in 1932, and Pakistan in 1952. However, international cricket continued to be played as bilateral Test matches over three, four or five days.

In the early 1960s, English county cricket teams began playing a shortened version of cricket which only lasted for one day. Starting in 1962 with a four-team knockout competition known as the Midlands Knock-Out Cup,[7] and continuing with the inaugural Gillette Cup in 1963, one-day cricket grew in popularity in England. A national Sunday League was formed in 1969. The first One-Day International match was played on the fifth day of a rain-aborted Test match between England and Australia at Melbourne in 1971, to fill the time available and as compensation for the frustrated crowd. It was a forty over game with eight balls per over.[8]

In the late 1970s, Kerry Packer established the rival World Series Cricket (WSC) competition. It introduced many of the now commonplace features of One Day International cricket, including coloured uniforms, matches played at night under floodlights with a white ball and dark sight screens, and, for television broadcasts, multiple camera angles, effects microphones to capture sounds from the players on the pitch, and on-screen graphics. The first of the matches with coloured uniforms was the WSC Australians in wattle gold versus WSC West Indians in coral pink, played at VFL Park in Melbourne on 17 January 1979. The success and popularity of the domestic one-day competitions in England and other parts of the world, as well as the early One-Day Internationals, prompted the ICC to consider organising a Cricket World Cup.[9]

Prudential World Cups (1975–1983)

File:Prudential Cup.jpg
The Prudential Cup trophy

The inaugural Cricket World Cup was hosted in 1975 by England, the only nation able to put forward the resources to stage an event of such magnitude at the time. The 1975 tournament started on 7 June.[10] The first three events were held in England and officially known as the Prudential Cup after the sponsors Prudential plc. The matches consisted of 60 six-ball overs per team, played during the daytime in traditional form, with the players wearing cricket whites and using red cricket balls.[11]

Eight teams participated in the first tournament: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and the West Indies (the six Test nations at the time), together with Sri Lanka and a composite team from East Africa.[12] One notable omission was South Africa, who were banned from international cricket due to apartheid. The tournament was won by the West Indies, who defeated Australia by 17 runs in the final at Lord's.[12]

The 1979 World Cup saw the introduction of the ICC Trophy competition to select non-Test playing teams for the World Cup,[13] with Sri Lanka and Canada qualifying.[14] The West Indies won a second consecutive World Cup tournament, defeating the hosts England by 92 runs in the final. At a meeting which followed the World Cup, the International Cricket Conference agreed to make the competition a quadrennial event.[14]

The 1983 event was hosted by England for a third consecutive time. By this stage, Sri Lanka had become a Test-playing nation, and Zimbabwe qualified through the ICC Trophy. A fielding circle was introduced, Script error: No such module "convert". away from the stumps. Four fieldsmen needed to be inside it at all times.[15] The teams faced each other twice, before moving into the knock-outs. India, an outsider quoted at 66–1 to win by bookmakers before the competition began, were crowned champions after upsetting the West Indies by 43 runs in the final.[9][16]

Different champions (1987–1996)

India and Pakistan jointly hosted the 1987 tournament, the first time that the competition was held outside England. The games were reduced from 60 to 50 overs per innings, the current standard, because of the shorter daylight hours in the Indian subcontinent compared with England's summer.[17] Australia won the championship by defeating England by 7 runs in the final, the closest margin in World Cup final history.[18][19]

The 1992 World Cup, held in Australia and New Zealand, introduced many changes to the game, such as coloured clothing, white balls, day/night matches, and a change to the fielding restriction rules. The South African cricket team participated in the event for the first time, following the fall of the apartheid regime and the end of the international sports boycott.[20] Pakistan overcame a dismal start in the tournament to eventually defeat England by 22 runs in the final and emerge as winners.[21]

The 1996 championship was held in the Indian subcontinent for a second time, with the inclusion of Sri Lanka as host for some of its group stage matches.[22] In the semi-final, Sri Lanka, heading towards a crushing victory over India at Eden Gardens after the hosts lost eight wickets while scoring 120 runs in pursuit of 252, were awarded victory by default after crowd unrest broke out in protest against the Indian performance.[23] Sri Lanka went on to win their maiden championship by defeating Australia by seven wickets in the final at Lahore.[24]

Australian treble (1999–2007)

In 1999 the event was hosted by England, with some matches also being held in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Netherlands.[25][26] Twelve teams contested the World Cup. Australia qualified for the semi-finals after reaching their target in their Super 6 match against South Africa off the final over of the match.[27] They then proceeded to the final with a tied match in the semi-final also against South Africa where a mix-up between South African batsmen Lance Klusener and Allan Donald saw Donald drop his bat and stranded mid-pitch to be run out. In the final, Australia dismissed Pakistan for 132 and then reached the target in less than 20 overs and with eight wickets in hand.[28]

File:Australian World Cup treble.jpg
A large crowd of over 10,000 fans welcome the Australian team on completing the first World Cup hat-trick – Martin Place, Sydney.

South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya hosted the 2003 World Cup. The number of teams participating in the event increased from twelve to fourteen. Kenya's victories over Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, among others – and a forfeit by the New Zealand team, which refused to play in Kenya because of security concerns – enabled Kenya to reach the semi-finals, the best result by an associate. In the final, Australia made 359 runs for the loss of two wickets, the largest ever total in a final, defeating India by 125 runs.[29][30]

In 2007 the tournament was hosted by the West Indies and expanded to sixteen teams.[31] Following Pakistan's upset loss to World Cup debutants Ireland in the group stage, Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room.[32] Jamaican police had initially launched a murder investigation into Woolmer's death but later confirmed that he died of heart failure.[33] Australia defeated Sri Lanka in the final by 53 runs (D/L) in farcical light conditions, and extended their undefeated run in the World Cup to 29 matches and winning three straight championships.[34]

Hosts triumph (2011-2015)

India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh jointly hosted the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Pakistan were stripped of their hosting rights following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, with the games originally scheduled for Pakistan redistributed to the other host countries.[35] The number of teams participating in the World Cup dropped down to fourteen.[36] Australia lost their final group stage match against Pakistan on 19 March 2011, ending an unbeaten streak of 35 World Cup matches, which had begun on 23 May 1999.[37] India won their second World Cup title by beating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final in Mumbai, and became the first country to win the final on home soil.[36]

File:Australia 5th Time World Champions.jpg
The Australian team celebrating their fifth World Cup.

Australia and New Zealand jointly hosted the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The number of participants remained at 14. Ireland was the most successful Associate nation with a total of three wins in the tournament. New Zealand beat South Africa in a thrilling first semi-final to qualify for their maiden World Cup final. Australia defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at Melbourne to lift the World Cup for a fifth time.[38]



The Test-playing nations qualify automatically for the World Cup main event, while the other teams have to qualify through a series of preliminary qualifying tournaments. The One Day International playing nations automatically enter the final qualification tournament, the World Cup Qualifier, along with other nations who have qualified through separate competitions.

Qualifying tournaments were introduced for the second World Cup, where two of the eight places in the finals were awarded to the leading teams in the ICC Trophy.[13] The number of teams selected through the ICC Trophy has varied throughout the years; currently, six teams are selected for the Cricket World Cup. The World Cricket League (administered by the International Cricket Council) is the qualification system provided to allow the Associate and Affiliate members of the ICC more opportunities to qualify. The name "ICC Trophy" has been changed to "ICC World Cup Qualifier".[39]

Under the current qualifying process, the World Cricket League, all 91 Associate and Affiliate members of the ICC are able to qualify for the World Cup. Associate and Affiliate members must play between two and five stages in the ICC World Cricket League to qualify for the World Cup finals, depending on the Division in which they start the qualifying process.

Process summary in chronological order:

  1. Regional tournaments: Top teams from each regional tournaments will be promoted to a division depending on the teams' rankings according to the ICC and each division's empty spots.
  2. Division One: 6 Teams – All automatically qualify for the World Cup Qualifier.
  3. Division Two: 6 Teams – Top 4 qualify for the World Cup Qualifier.
  4. Division Three: 6 Teams – Top 2 promoted to Division Two.
  5. Division Four: 6 Teams – Top 2 promoted to Division Three.
  6. Division Five: 6 Teams – Top 2 promoted to Division Four.
  7. Division Three (second edition): 6 Teams – Top 2 qualify for the World Cup Qualifier.
  8. ICC World Cup Qualifier: 12 Teams – Top 6 are awarded ODI status and Top 4 qualify for the World Cup.


File:ICC CWC 2007 team captains.jpg
The captains of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

The format of the Cricket World Cup has changed greatly over the course of its history. Each of the first four tournaments was played by eight teams, divided into two groups of four.[40] The competition consisted of two stages, a group stage and a knock-out stage. The four teams in each group played each other in the round-robin group stage, with the top two teams in each group progressing to the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals played against each other in the final. With South Africa returning in the fifth tournament in 1992 as a result of the end of the apartheid boycott, nine teams played each other once in the group phase, and the top four teams progressed to the semi-finals.[41] The tournament was further expanded in 1996, with two groups of six teams.[42] The top four teams from each group progressed to quarter-finals and semi-finals.

A distinct format was used for the 1999 and 2003 World Cups. The teams were split into two pools, with the top three teams in each pool advancing to the Super 6.[43] The Super 6 teams played the three other teams that advanced from the other group. As they advanced, the teams carried their points forward from previous matches against other teams advancing alongside them, giving them an incentive to perform well in the group stages.[43] The top four teams from the Super 6 stage progressed to the semi-finals, with the winners playing in the final.

The format used in the 2007 World Cup involved 16 teams allocated into four groups of four.[44] Within each group, the teams played each other in a round-robin format. Teams earned points for wins and half-points for ties. The top two teams from each group moved forward to the Super 8 round. The Super 8 teams played the other six teams that progressed from the different groups. Teams earned points in the same way as the group stage, but carried their points forward from previous matches against the other teams who qualified from the same group to the Super 8 stage.[45] The top four teams from the Super 8 round advanced to the semi-finals, and the winners of the semi-finals played in the final.

The format used in the 2011 and 2015[46] World Cups featured two groups of seven teams, each playing in a round-robin format. The top four teams from each group proceeded to the knock out stage consisting of quarter-finals, semi-finals and ultimately the final.[47]


The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy is presented to the winners of the World Cup. The current trophy was created for the 1999 championships, and was the first permanent prize in the tournament's history. Prior to this, different trophies were made for each World Cup.[48] The trophy was designed and produced in London by a team of craftsmen from Garrard & Co over a period of two months.

The current trophy is made from silver and gild, and features a golden globe held up by three silver columns. The columns, shaped as stumps and bails, represent the three fundamental aspects of cricket: batting, bowling and fielding, while the globe characterises a cricket ball.[49] The seam is tilted to symbolize the axial tilt of the Earth. It stands 60 centimetres high and weighs approximately 11 kilograms. The names of the previous winners are engraved on the base of the trophy, with space for a total of twenty inscriptions. The ICC keeps the original trophy. A replica differing only in the inscriptions is permanently awarded to the winning team.[50]

Media coverage

Mello, the mascot of the 2007 World Cup

The tournament is the world's third largest[51] with only the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympics exceeding it. The 2011 Cricket World Cup final was televised in over 200 countries to over 2.2 billion television viewers.[52][53][54] Television rights, mainly for the 2011 and 2015 World Cup, were sold for over US$1.1 billion,[55] and sponsorship rights were sold for a further US$500 million.[56] The 2003 Cricket World Cup matches were attended by 626,845 people,[57] while the 2007 Cricket World Cup sold more than 672,000 tickets.[58][59]

Successive World Cup tournaments have generated increasing media attention as One-Day International cricket has become more established. The 2003 World Cup in South Africa was the first to sport a mascot, Dazzler the zebra.[60] An orange mongoose known as Mello was the mascot for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.[61] Stumpy, a blue elephant was the mascot for the 2011 World Cup.[62]

On 13 February the opening of the 2015 tournament was celebrated with a Google Doodle.[63]

Selection of hosts

File:Civic Centre-2003 CWC.jpg
Civic Centre, South Africa honours the 2003 World Cup.

The International Cricket Council's executive committee votes for the hosts of the tournament after examining the bids made by the nations keen to hold a Cricket World Cup.[64]

England hosted the first three competitions. The ICC decided that England should host the first tournament because it was ready to devote the resources required to organising the inaugural event.[10] India volunteered to host the third Cricket World Cup, but most ICC members preferred England as the longer period of daylight in England in June meant that a match could be completed in one day.[65] The 1987 Cricket World Cup was held in India and Pakistan, the first hosted outside England.[66]

Many of the tournaments have been jointly hosted by nations from the same geographical region, such as South Asia in 1987, 1996 and 2011, Australasia in 1992 and 2015, Southern Africa in 2003 and West Indies in 2007.

Tournament history

Year Host Nation(s) Final Venue Final
Winner Result Runner-up
Lord's, London,
United Kingdom
23x15px West Indies
291/8 (60 overs)
West Indies won by 17 runs
23x15px Australia
274 all out (58.4 overs)
Lord's, London,
United Kingdom
23x15px West Indies
286/9 (60 overs)
West Indies won by 92 runs
23x15px England
194 all out (51 overs)
Lord's, London,
United Kingdom
Template:Country data IND
183 all out (54.4 overs)
India won by 43 runs
23x15px West Indies
140 all out (52 overs)
Template:Country data IND 23x15px
India, Pakistan
Eden Gardens, Calcutta,
23x15px Australia
253/5 (50 overs)
Australia won by 7 runs
23x15px England
246/8 (50 overs)
23x15px 23x15px
Australia, New Zealand
MCG, Melbourne,
23x15px Pakistan
249/6 (50 overs)
Pakistan won by 22 runs
23x15px England
227 all out (49.2 overs)
23x15px Template:Country data IND 23x15px
Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore,
23x15px Sri Lanka
245/3 (46.2 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
23x15px Australia
241/7 (50 overs)
Lord's, London,
United Kingdom
23x15px Australia
133/2 (20.1 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
23x15px Pakistan
132 all out (39 overs)
South Africa
Wanderers, Johannesburg,
South Africa
23x15px Australia
359/2 (50 overs)
Australia won by 125 runs
Template:Country data IND
234 all out (39.2 overs)
West Indies
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown,
23x15px Australia
281/4 (38 overs)
Australia won by 53 runs (D/L)
23x15px Sri Lanka
215/8 (36 overs)
Template:Country data IND 23x15px 23x15px
India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai,
Template:Country data IND
277/4 (48.2 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
23x15px Sri Lanka
274/6 (50 overs)
23x15px 23x15px
Australia, New Zealand
MCG, Melbourne,
23x15px Australia
186/3 (33.1 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
23x15px New Zealand
183 all out (45 overs)
Lord's, London,
United Kingdom
Template:Country data IND


File:Cricket World Cup best results.png
Map of each nation's best results

Twenty nations have qualified for the Cricket World Cup at least once (excluding qualification tournaments). Seven teams have competed in every finals tournament, five of which have won the title.[9] The West Indies won the first two tournaments, Australia has won five, India has won two, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka have each won once. The West Indies (1975 and 1979) and Australia (1999, 2003 and 2007) are the only nations to have won consecutive titles.[9] Australia has played in seven of the eleven final matches (1975, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015). England has yet to win the World Cup, but has been runners-up three times (1979, 1987, 1992). The best result by a non-Test playing nation is the semi-final appearance by Kenya in the 2003 tournament; while the best result by a non-Test playing team on their debut is the Super 8 (second round) by Ireland in 2007.[9]

Sri Lanka as a co-host of the 1996 Cricket World Cup was the first host to win the tournament, though the final was held in Pakistan.[9] India won in 2011 as host and was the first team to win in a final played in their own country.[67] Australia repeated the feat in 2015.[38] England is the only other host to have made the final, in 1979. Other countries which have achieved or equalled their best World Cup results while co-hosting the tournament are New Zealand as finalists in 2015; Zimbabwe who reached the Super Six in 2003; and Kenya as semi-finalists in 2003.[9] In 1987, co-hosts India and Pakistan both reached the semi-finals, but were eliminated by Australia and England respectively.[9] Australia in 1992, England in 1999, South Africa in 2003, and Bangladesh in 2011 have been the host teams that were eliminated in the first round.

Teams' performances

An overview of the teams' performances in every World Cup:

Team \ Host 1975 1979 1983 1987 1992 1996 1999 2003 2007 2011 2015 2019 2023
23x15px 23x15px 23x15px Template:Country data India
Template:Country data India
23x15px 23x15px
Template:Country data Kenya
23x15px Template:Country data India
23x15px Template:Country data India
23x15px Afghanistan GP
23x15px Australia 2nd GP GP 1st GP 2nd 1st 1st 1st QF 1st
23x15px Bangladesh GP GP S8 GP QF
23x15px Bermuda GP
23x15px Canada GP GP GP GP
23x15px East Africa GP
23x15px England SF 2nd SF 2nd 2nd QF GP GP S8 QF GP Q
Template:Country data IND GP GP 1st SF GP SF S6 2nd GP 1st SF Q
23x15px Ireland S8 GP GP
Template:Country data KEN GP GP SF GP GP
23x15px Namibia GP
23x15px Netherlands GP GP GP GP
23x15px New Zealand SF SF GP GP SF QF SF S6 SF SF 2nd
23x15px Pakistan GP SF SF SF 1st QF 2nd GP GP SF QF
23x15px Scotland GP GP GP
23x15px South Africa SF QF SF GP SF QF SF
23x15px Sri Lanka GP GP GP GP GP 1st GP SF 2nd 2nd QF
23x15px United Arab Emirates GP GP
23x15px West Indies 1st 1st 2nd GP GP SF GP GP S8 QF QF
23x15px Zimbabwe GP GP GP GP S6 S6 GP GP GP

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Prior to the 1992 World Cup, South Africa was banned due to apartheid.

The number of wins followed by Run-rate is the criteria for determining the rankings till the 1987 World Cup.

The number of points followed by, head to head performance and then net run-rate is the criteria for determining the rankings for the World Cups from 1992 onwards.


  • 1st – Winner
  • 2nd – Runner up
  • SF – Semi-finals
  • S8 – Super Eight (2007)
  • S6 – Super Six (1999–2003)
  • QF – Quarter-finals (1996, 2011–2015)
  • GP – Group – First round
  • Q – Qualified

Debutant teams

Year Teams
1975 23x15px Australia,23x15px East Africa, 23x15px England, Template:Country data IND, 23x15px New Zealand, 23x15px Pakistan, 23x15px Sri Lanka, 23x15px West Indies
1979 23x15px Canada
1983 23x15px Zimbabwe
1987 none
1992 23x15px South Africa
1996 Template:Country data KEN, 23x15px Netherlands, 23x15px United Arab Emirates
1999 23x15px Bangladesh, 23x15px Scotland
2003 23x15px Namibia
2007 23x15px Bermuda, 23x15px Ireland
2011 none
2015 23x15px Afghanistan

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The table below provides an overview of the performances of teams over past World Cups, as of the end of group stage of the 2015 tournament. Teams are sorted by best performance, then by appearances, total number of wins, total number of games, and alphabetical order respectively.

Appearances Statistics
Team Total First Latest Best result Mat. Won Lost Tie NR Win%*
23x15px Australia 11 1975 2015 Champions (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015) 84 62 20 1 1 75.30
Template:Country data India 11 1975 2015 Champions (1983, 2011) 75 46 27 1 1 62.83
23x15px West Indies 11 1975 2015 Champions (1975, 1979) 71 41 29 0 1 58.57
23x15px Pakistan 11 1975 2015 Champions (1992) 71 40 29 0 2 57.97
23x15px Sri Lanka 11 1975 2015 Champions (1996) 73 35 35 1 2 50.00
23x15px England 11 1975 2015 Runners-up (1979, 1987, 1992) 72 41 29 1 1 58.45
23x15px New Zealand 11 1975 2015 Runners-up (2015) 79 48 30 0 1 61.53
23x15px South Africa 7 1992 2015 Semi-finals (1992, 1999, 2007, 2015) 55 35 18 2 0 65.45
Template:Country data Kenya 5 1996 2011 Semi-finals (2003) 29 6 22 0 1 21.42
23x15px Zimbabwe 9 1983 2015 Super 6 (1999, 2003) 57 11 42 1 3 21.29
23x15px Bangladesh 5 1999 2015 Quarter-finals (2015), Super 8 (2007) 32 11 20 0 1 35.48
23x15px Ireland 3 2007 2015 Super 8 (2007) 21 7 13 1 0 35.71
23x15px Netherlands 4 1996 2011 Group Stage (1996, 2003, 2007, 2011) 20 2 18 0 0 10.00
23x15px Canada 4 1979 2011 Group Stage (1979, 2003, 2007, 2011) 18 2 16 0 0 11.11
23x15px Scotland 3 1999 2015 Group Stage (1999, 2007, 2015) 14 0 14 0 0 0.00
23x15px United Arab Emirates 2 1996 2015 Group Stage (1996, 2015) 11 1 10 0 0 9.09
23x15px Afghanistan 1 2015 2015 Group Stage (2015) 6 1 5 0 0 16.66
23x15px Namibia 1 2003 2003 Group Stage (2003) 6 0 6 0 0 0.00
23x15px Bermuda 1 2007 2007 Group Stage (2007) 3 0 3 0 0 0.00
23x15px East Africa 1 1975 1975 Group Stage (1975) 3 0 3 0 0 0.00
Last Updated: 29 March 2015[68]

The Win percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win.

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Man of the tournament

Since 1992, one player has been declared as "Man of the Tournament" at the end of the World Cup finals:[69]

Year Player Performance details
1992 23x15px Martin Crowe 456 runs
1996 23x15px Sanath Jayasuriya 221 runs and 7 wickets
1999 23x15px Lance Klusener 281 runs and 17 wickets
2003 Template:Country data India Sachin Tendulkar 673 runs and 2 wickets
2007 23x15px Glenn McGrath 26 wickets
2011 Template:Country data India Yuvraj Singh 362 runs and 15 wickets
2015 23x15px Mitchell Starc 22 wickets

Man of the Match in the Final

There were no Man of the Tournament awards before 1992 but Man of the Match awards have always been given for individual matches. Winning the Man of the Match in the final is logically noteworthy, as this indicates the player deemed to have played the biggest part in the World Cup final. To date the award has always gone to a member of the winning side. The Man of the Match award in the final of the competition has been awarded to:[69]

Year Player Performance details
1975 23x15px Clive Lloyd 102 runs
1979 23x15px Viv Richards 138*
1983 Template:Country data India Mohinder Amarnath 3/12 and 26
1987 23x15px David Boon 75 runs
1992 23x15px Wasim Akram 33 and 3/49
1996 23x15px Aravinda de Silva 107* and 3/42
1999 23x15px Shane Warne 4/33
2003 23x15px Ricky Ponting 140*
2007 23x15px Adam Gilchrist 149
2011 Template:Country data India Mahendra Singh Dhoni 91*
2015 23x15px James Faulkner 3/36

Tournament records

Main individual and team records

File:Sachin at Castrol Golden Spanner Awards.jpg
Sachin Tendulkar, the leading run-scorer in World Cup history.
World Cup records[70]
Most runs Template:Country data India Sachin Tendulkar 2,278 (19922011)
Highest average (min. 20 inns.) [71] 23x15px AB de Villiers 63.52 (20072015)
Highest score 23x15px Martin Guptill v West Indies 237* (2015)
Highest partnership 23x15px Chris Gayle & Marlon Samuels
(2nd wicket) v Zimbabwe
372 (2015)
Most runs in a tournament Template:Country data India Sachin Tendulkar 673 (2003)
Most hundreds Template:Country data India Sachin Tendulkar 6 (19922011)
Most wickets 23x15px Glenn McGrath 71 (19962007)
Lowest average (min. 1000 balls bowled) 23x15px Glenn McGrath 18.19 (19962007)
Best strike rate (min. 1000 balls bowled) 23x15px Lasith Malinga 23.8 (20072015)
Best economy rate (min. 1000 balls bowled) 23x15px Andy Roberts 3.24 (19751983)
Best bowling figures 23x15px Glenn McGrath v Namibia 7/15 (2003)
Most wickets in a tournament 23x15px Glenn McGrath 26 (2007)
Most dismissals (wicket-keeper) 23x15px Kumar Sangakkara 54 (20032015)
Most catches (fielder) 23x15px Ricky Ponting 28 (19962011)
Highest score 23x15px Australia v Afghanistan 417/6 (2015)
Lowest score 23x15px Canada v Sri Lanka 36 (2003)
Highest win % [72] 23x15px Australia 75% (Played 84, Won 62)
Most consecutive wins [73] 23x15px Australia 27 (27 May 1999-19 Mar 2011, one N/R excluded)
Most consecutive tournament wins 23x15px Australia 3 (19992007)

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