The History of the Cricket World Cup

Cricket is a sport as old as any; its origins can be traced back to 1597. However, Cricket World Cup history only goes back to 1975.

Take a look back through the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The Cricket World Cup schedule has the 2019 edition starting on June 5th, 2019.

How Often Does the Cricket World Cup Take Place?

In the present day, the ICC 50-over Cricket World Cup takes place every four years. The Cricket World Cup 2019 will be the 12th edition of a competition that was first held in England back in 1975.

Initially, the four-year gap between tournaments was adhered to through 1979, 1983 and 1987. But then, as the competition had to fit around other events. We saw a delay until the fifth edition in 1992. In 1996, the World Cup headed to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. But since the 1999 tournament in England, the four-year rule has been in place. That is set to continue in the future.

Cricket World Cup historyWho Won the Last Cricket World Cup?

When the Cricket World Cup 2019 takes place, Australia will arrive as defending champions. In the 2015 final, which took place in Melbourne, the Aussies beat co-hosts New Zealand by seven wickets to take the title. Early 2019 Cricket World Cup betting odds have Australia at third in line behind England and India.

Which Country Has Won the Most Cricket World Cups?

That victory in 2015 was Australia’s fifth title since the tournament began. They are the most successful team in the history of the World Cup by a considerable margin. The Aussies’ first win came in 1987. Then, they claimed three straight titles in 1999, 2003 and 2007, followed by that fifth success in 2015.

Behind Australia, both India and West Indies have won the World Cup on two occasions since its inception in 1975.

What Type of Cricket is Played at the World Cup?

The Cricket World Cup 2019 is a one-day international tournament with each team allocated 50 overs. However, it hasn’t always been this way. Back in the 1970s, one-day games featured 60 over contests. This format was therefore adopted for the first World Cup of 1975.

This limited overs cricket format was maintained for the subsequent competitions in 1979 and 1983 before the games were reduced to 50 overs a side from the 1987 tournament onwards.

Cricket World Cup Records to Remember

Here are some of the biggest records from 43 years of World Cup history. Will any of these be broken at the Cricket World Cup 2019?

What is the highest team score in World Cup history?

The highest team total is the 417/6 compiled by Australia against Afghanistan in Perth back in 2015. The innings was given impetus by David Warner who made 178, backed up by high double-figure scores from Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell.

In reply, Afghanistan made just 142 and this victory by 275 runs is also the biggest winning margin in the history of the World Cup.

What is the biggest match aggregate in Cricket World Cup history?

We stay with the 2015 World Cup to find the highest match aggregate between two sides. During the tournament, Australia and Sri Lanka combined to produce 688 runs for the loss of 18 wickets.

Who has the highest individual score in Cricket World Cup history?

The highest score by an individual player is the 237 made by New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, when his side played the West Indies at the 2015 World Cup.

Who has scored the most runs in Cricket World Cup history?

The highest run scorer in World Cup history is the great Sachin Tendulkar, who made 2,278 runs in his tournament career. Sachin is nearly 500 runs ahead of Ricky Ponting in second place. This is a record that may never be beaten.

Tendulkar also holds the record for most individual centuries (six), and also for most individual 50s with 21.

What is the highest run chase in Cricket World Cup history?

Ireland shocked England at the 2011 World Cup by making 329/6 after their opponents had posted 327/8. To date, this is the highest successful run chase in the history of the tournament. But the game has moved on considerably in eight years and this is one record that could be under serious threat at the Cricket World Cup 2019.

During that incredible match, Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien also recorded the fastest century in World Cup history as he reached three figures from just 50 balls.

As for the fastest 50, that honour goes to Brendon McCullum who brought up his half century from just 18 balls against England in 2015.

What is the highest partnership in Cricket World Cup history?

The West Indies were the early pacesetters, winning the first two editions of the World Cup in 1975 and 1979. They have yet to win the trophy since, but at least they hold the current record for the highest batting partnership. At the 2015 tournament, Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle put on an impressive 372 for the second wicket against Zimbabwe.

In that same match, Gayle set two further records as he scored the most sixes (16) in a World Cup innings. He also set the record for the fastest individual double hundred. The big left-hander from Jamaica took 138 balls to bring up his double ton and eventually finished with a total of 215.

Which team has the most wins in Cricket World Cup history?

They are the most successful team in World Cup history with five tournament victories. So, it’s no surprise that Australia hold the record for most match wins. The Aussies’ tally of 62 is some way clear of second-place New Zealand with 48. They will be looking to extend that gap in 2019.

Just to add to that incredible set of stats, Australia are additional record holders in terms of consecutive victories with 27 straight wins between 1999 and 2011.

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Who has the most wickets in Cricket World Cup history?

It’s not all about the batsmen. In terms of most wickets taken in World Cup matches, Australia’s Glenn McGrath is ahead with 71 scalps. The seamer also has the lowest average (minimum 1000 balls) at 18.19.

If that wasn’t enough, McGrath has also returned the best figures at a World Cup with his 7-15 against Namibia back in 2003.

Who has the most hat tricks in Cricket World Cup history?

To date, there have been nine hat tricks at World Cup tournaments. But so far, only one bowler has claimed four wickets in four balls and that was Lasith Malinga for Sri Lanka against South Africa in 2007.

There are some impressive numbers amongst those records. It’s interesting to note that Sachin Tendulkar has dominated the batting stats in the same way that Glenn McGrath holds so many of the bowling accolades.

Some of those records may well be vulnerable at the Cricket World Cup 2019. Others will take many more years to overhaul and may even stand forever.

Who was the Man of the Tournament at the 2015 Cricket World Cup?

Australia won the 2015 World Cup, and their left arm pace bowler Mitchell Starc was named Man of the Tournament. Along with New Zealand’s Trent Boult, Starc took the most wickets in the competition with 22 victims and at times, he also provided some useful runs down the order.

In the final against New Zealand, Starc took the vital wicket of Brendon McCullum, bowling the New Zealand skipper for a third ball duck, before going on to record figures of 2/20 from his eight overs.

When the tournament came to an end, the seamer’s 22 wickets came at an average of just 10.18. Those miserly stats gave him the nod over Boult as the tournament’s best player. Starc also produced a tight economy rate of just 3.50 and he returned best figures of 6/28 versus New Zealand.

He has suffered from a number of injuries since then. He likely won’t be one of the top 2019 Cricket World Cup players. But clearly, Australia will be desperate to see a fit Starc running in for them at the cricket world cup 2019.

Who was the Man of the Match in the 2015 Cricket World Cup Final?

The Man of the Match award in the 2015 Cricket World Cup final was given to Australian all-rounder James Faulkner. In his side’s seven-wicket win over New Zealand, Faulkner returned figures of 3/36 from nine overs. While Mitchell Johnson actually produced a better return of 3/30, Faulkner took key wickets at vital times to stifle the Kiwis.

The left arm seamer claimed the scalps of New Zealand’s two top scorers – Grant Elliott for 83 and Ross Taylor for 40. Meanwhile, he also bowled the dangerous Corey Anderson for a second ball duck. Johnson may have returned marginally better figures. However, Faulkner stifled the Kiwis in the middle order as they briefly threatened to post a big total.

We may not see James Faulkner at the Cricket World Cup 2019 as he’s not certain of a place in the squad. But he was the man to make the most telling contribution in the 2015 final.