Cricket World Cup History
The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international tournament hosted by ICC (International Cricket Council) in every four years. The Cricket World Cup History would not be as old as some other sports but it is very vast and interesting. England organised the first World Cup in June 1975. Any ICC member team can participate in the World Cup. Although, top teams automatically qualify for it and rest of the teams selected by qualifiers. Till 2015 World Cup, total 20 teams participated in this high voltage event. In 2019 World Cup only 10 teams will compete.
Australia had won the World Cup for 5 times followed by West Indies and India won twice and Pakistan and Sri Lanka won once each. Australia is the current champions and will defend their title in 2019 at England. England hosted the first 3 World Cups. After that, India and Pakistan jointly hosted the World Cup for the first time.
Before World Cup
USA and Canada played the first International match in 1844. However, England and Australia played the first official Test Match in 1877. South Africa joined the Test Club in 1889. Gradually over time, Test Playing nations increased like West Indies in 1928, New Zealand 1930, India in 1932 and Pakistan in 1952. Cricket was introduced in 1900 Paris Summer Olympics where Great Britain defeat France to win Gold Medal.
|9||2007||West Indies||Bridgetown||Australia||Sri Lanka|
Man of the Tournament
This award was introduced in 1992. The Man of Tournament award was given to –
|1||1992||Martin Crowne||456 runs|
|2||1996||Sanath Jayasuria||221 runs and 7 wickets|
|3||1999||Lance Klusener||281 runs and 17 wickets|
|4||2003||Sachin Tendulkar||673 runs and 2 wickets|
|5||2007||Glenn McGrath||26 wickets|
|6||2011||Yuvraj Singh||362 runs and 15 wickets|
|7||2015||Mitchell Starc||22 wickets|
Man of the Match in Final
The Man of the Tournament was introduced in 1992 but Man of the Match was awarded since the inception of the World Cup. Every time it was awarded to the player from the winning team. The Man of Match award was given to –
|3||1983||Mohinder Amarnath||3/12 and 26|
|5||1992||Wasim Akram||33 and 3/49|
|6||1996||Aravinda de Silva||107* and 3/42|
|10||2011||Mahendra Singh Dhoni||91*|
Hence, let’s wait for the next edition of this tournament which is scheduled t0 be held in February 2019 and see who will become the Cricket Champion.