Winning the World Cup is the proudest moment of my life. I couldn't control my tears of joy - Sachin Tendulkar

The ICC Cricket World Cup is officially known as the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. It is an international tournament of ODI (One Day International) matches, organized by the International Cricket Council or ICC, the governing body of cricket. This championship is held every four years preceded by a qualifications round before the final tournament. It is one of the most viewed sporting events in the world and is also the flagship event of the international cricket calendar.

The Indian cricket team has won the ICC Cricket World Cup twice till date. The first ever World Cup was held in England in the summer of 1975. You'd be surprised to know that only four years earlier, the first ever ODI match was played. Also, a separate Women's Cricket World Cup was held even before the men's edition. There was also another tournament that was played before 1975, involving multiple cricket playing nations.

The first three editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup were held in England. Since 1987, 14 ICC members have hosted the series at least once and an unofficial system of rotating the hosts is followed by ICC.

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A Brief History of the ICC Cricket World Cup

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West Indies was the first team to lift the ICC cricket World Cup, earlier known as the Prudential Cup.

Twenty teams have competed in the eleven editions of the ICC cricket World Cup. Australia is the only country to have won the trophy five times, while India and the West Indies have both won it twice. Other winners of the World Cup include England, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. England are the reigning champions, having lifted the cup in 2019.

The Prudential Cups - 1975 to 1983

In 1975, England was the only nation to pool in resources and host the inaugural cricket world cup. Only eight teams participated in the first world series, namely,

  1. Australia
  2. England
  3. India
  4. New Zealand
  5. Pakistan
  6. West Indies
  7. Sri Lanka
  8. East Africa

Prudential Cup Winners

  1. 1975 - West Indies
  2. 1979 - West Indies
  3. 1983 - India

ICC Cricket World Cup - 1987 Onwards

From the year 1987, the Prudential Cup was renames as the ICC Cricket World Cup. Each test playing nation came forward to host the tournament every four years.

ICC Cricket World Cup Winners

  1. 1987 - Australia
  2. 1992 - Pakistan
  3. 1996 - Sri Lanka
  4. 1999 - Australia
  5. 2003 - Australia
  6. 2007 - Australia
  7. 2011 - India
  8. 2015 - Australia
  9. 2019 - England

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Format & Selection at the ICC Cricket World Cup

Selection
The selection of countries playing in the World Cup happens through a qualification round and through group matches | Image Source: Puxabay.com

Both the game and the World Cup tournament have evolved a great deal over the last two decades or so. If you are looking for cricket classes near me, then you are probably an aspiring cricketer. Hence, you need to understand the technicalities of the game and tournaments.

Qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup

Most of the teams participating in the world championship would qualify automatically. Until 2015, any nation with a full membership of the ICC was automatically eligible to participate in the World Cup. And in 2019, this happened on the basis of the ICC ODI rankings.

Between 1979 and 2019, there would be other non-full-time members of ICC who would have to play in group matches and qualify. The first qualifying tournament being the ICC Trophy which was later expanded to other pre-qualifying tournaments. This was later replaced by the ICC World Cricket League in 2011 and names was changed to ICC World Cup Qualifier. This process allowed the associate and affiliate members of the ICC to stand a chance to participate in the World Cup. The number of teams who could participate usually varied each year.

This rule is amended again and for the 2023 World Cup, only the host nation(s) will qualify automatically. All the other countries will have to play different series and matches to determine participation.

Format of the ICC Cricket World Cup

Between 1975 and 1987, the series saw the participation of eight teams, who were divided into two groups of four. And the competition would only consist of a group stage and a knockout stage. The winners of the group stage would play in the semi-finals, and finally in the final.

When South Africa returned to the world cricket stage at the end of the Apartheid in 1992, there were 9 teams who competed against each other in the group stage, with four progressing to the semi-final stage. In 1996, this was further expanded, with the top six teams from each group progressing to the quarter final stage, followed by four in the semi-finals and two in the final.

In the 1999 and 2003 editions, the quarter final stage was termed as the Super Six, with the rest of the format remaining the same. This was again changed in 2007 with the introduction of the Super 8 stage after the group matches, with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
In 2011, the format was back to what it was in 2003. In 2019, there were only 10 teams who participated and a format similar to 1992 was followed.

Performance of the Indian Cricket Team Over the Years

World Cup victory
The Indian cricket team has had a mixed experience in their World Cup outings.

The lessons to be learnt from success and failure are equally important. More often than not, failure and sorrow are bigger teachers than success and happiness - Sachin Tendulkar

The Indian cricket team has won the ICC Cricket World Cup twice. They were also runners-up in the 2003 World Cup and made it to the semi-finals on four occasions in 1987, 1996, 2015, and 2019. India has a decent win-loss record of 53-29 in all world cup outings.

Team India Results in World Championships

  • 1975 - India made it to the quarter final round and finished 6th in the tournament.
  • 1979 - India made it to the quarter final round and finished 7th in the tournament.
  • 1983 - India were winners of the Prudential Cup.
  • 1987 - India made it to the semi-finals and finished 3rd in the tournament.
  • 1992 - India did not clear the group stage and finished 7th in the tournament.
  • 1996 - India made it to the semi-finals and finished 3rd in the tournament.
  • 1999 - India made it to the Super Six Stage and finished 6th in the tournament.
  • 2003- India made it to the finals but lost to Australia, finishing the tournament as runners-up.
  • 2007 - India did not clear the group stage and finished 9th in the tournament.
  • 2011 - India won the tournament, beating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets.
  • 2015 - India made it to the semi-finals and finished 3rd in the tournament.
  • 2019 - India made it to the semi-finals and finished 3rd in the tournament.

Some Interest Statistics for the Indian Cricket Team

Team India has quite the roller coaster experience at the ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments. These statistic will tell you the story of extreme performances -

  1. India amassed a total of 413 against Bermuda in 2007, its highest first innings total in any World Cup appearance.
  2. India was dismissed for 125 by Australia in 2003, making it the team's lowest completed innings.
  3. Ashish Nehra's spell of 6/23 in 10 overs against England in 2003 is the best by any Indian bowler in a World Cup.
  4. In 1999, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid put up the highest partnership for any wicket of 318 runs against Sri Lanka.
  5. Sachin Tendulkar is the highest Indian run getter with a total of 18,426 runs in World Cup tournaments.
  6. Zaheer Khan is the leading Indian wicket-taker in World Cup tournaments with 44 wickets to his name.

ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Schedule 2021

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The Indian National Cricket Team Schedule can be found online for the ongoing T20 World Cup | Image source: Unsplash | Image Courtesy: Eric Rothermel

Although the ICC Cricket World Cup (T20) is underway, there are a few critical matches that are yet to be played and will decide the outcome of the tournament. India is, unfortunately, out of the competition with a below-average performance. The Indian national cricket team schedule in the tournament has also become irrelevant. But the series is still ongoing and for cricket-lovers, it is worth the watch.

Remaining Match Fixtures for the T20 ICC Cricket World Cup

  • 1st Semi Final: November 10, 2021 - England vs New Zealand
  • 2nd Semi Final: November 11, 2021 - Australia vs Pakistan
  • Final: November 14, 2021 - Winner of 1st Semi Final vs Winner of 2nd Semi-Final

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