Cricket World Cup Winners List From 1975 to 2019

The 2019 World Cup final was the most dramatic and arguably the greatest ever final in cricket history.

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MS Dhoni World Cup 2011
MS Dhoni World Cup 2011. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

ODI World Cup is the most cherished tournament for any country right now. Without any doubt, the biggest dream for any cricketer is to win the ODI World Cup (WC) for his team. The first edition of this tournament was played in 1975, and since then its popularity has grown manifolds. Whenever a country has won an ODI World Cup, the fans and popularity of the game have increased there immensely.

In this article, we will be listing out winners of each ODI World Cup over the years:

1975 – West Indies

In the very first WC played in England, and West Indies were the clear favourites before the start of the tournament. A total of eight teams participated in this 60-over format edition, and the teams were divided into two groups. The host England and West Indies were the table-toppers after the end of the group stage.

West Indies reached the finals by defeating New Zealand in the semi-final (SF), while England lost to Australia in the other SF. In the final encounter, West Indies posted a total of 291/8 with Clive Lloyd scoring a brilliant century. In response, Australia got dismissed for 274 runs, and West Indies were crowned as the champions of the first-ever ODI WC.

1979 – West Indies

Clive Lloyd and Roger Harper
Clive Lloyd and Roger Harper. (Photo by Gerry Armes/Birmingham Mail/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The second edition was played in the same format with eight teams, and again, England and West Indies were toppers in their group. In the first SF, England defeated New Zealand by 9 runs, while West Indies registered a victory by 43 runs against Pakistan in the second SF. In the final game, Viv Richards smashed 138 runs to power West Indies to a total of 286/9. The West Indies team bundled out England for 194 runs in the second innings and retained the WC title.

1983 – India

Kapil Dev of India
Kapil Dev is considered to be India’s greatest all-rounder(Photo by Getty Images)

The third edition of the ODI WC held in England changed the way cricket was viewed in India. With the Indian side becoming champion in the tournament, a new chapter started in Indian sports history. India were at the second spot in their group in the first phase and reached the final by defeating England by 6 wickets. West Indies were playing their third consecutive final after registering a victory over Pakistan in the SF.

The Indian team got dismissed for only 183 runs in 54.4 overs after they were asked to bat first. However, the bowlers ensured a brilliant comeback in the second innings as West Indies was dismissed for 140 runs. With a 43-run victory, India became the new ODI champions in the World.

1987 – Australia

Australia World Cup 1987
Australia World Cup 1987. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

This was the first edition of the ODI WC held outside England. India and Pakistan were the joint hosts this time with multiple venues spread across both countries. This was also the first ODI WC in the 50-over format. India topped the points table in its group but lost to England in the semi-final. Australia were the other finalists who beat Pakistan in the SF by 18 runs. In the final match, Australia won by 7 runs as they restricted England to 246/8 after scoring 253/5.

1992 – Pakistan

Imran Khan
Imran Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 1992 World Cup saw an Asian team winning the trophy after the Indian victory in 1983. This edition was played in a round-robin format, with nine teams competing in the tournament. In the first SF, Pakistan registered a four-wicket victory over New Zealand while England defeated South Africa by 19 runs in the second SF. Pakistan posted a challenging total of 249/6 in the final game and won their first title by dismissing England for 227 runs.

1996 – Sri Lanka

Aravinda De Silva of Sri Lanka in 1996. (Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Allsport)

The 1996 edition was jointly hosted by India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. A total of 12 teams featured in this WC, which were divided into two groups of six teams each. The knockout stage started with quarterfinal clashes in which Sri Lanka, India, West Indies, and Australia went to the next round.

In the final game, Australia put up a total of 241/7 with the help of a fine knock from Mark Taylor. In the chase, Sri Lanka won the game in 46.2 overs with the help of a wonderful century from Aravinda de Silva.

1999 – Australia

Australia – 1999 World Cup
Australia – 1999 World Cup. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The 1999 ODI World Cup marked the start of Aussie domination in International cricket. In the first semi-final, Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 9 wickets while second SF between Australia and South Africa ended up in a tie. Australia progressed to the final as they finished higher in the Super Six table.

In the final match, Pakistan were dismissed for just 132 runs in 39 overs with Shane Warne picking up 4 wickets. The Aussie team chased the total in only 20.1 overs with a brisk knock from Adam Gilchrist.

2003 – Australia

Australia World Cup 2003
Australia World Cup 2003. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Australia won the second consecutive title in WC in 2003 by defeating India in the final. They registered a 48-run victory against Sri Lanka in the first semi-final, while India cruised over Kenya in the other SF. In the final encounter, Australia posted a mammoth total of 359/2 with the help of a magnificent century from Ricky Ponting. In response, India were dismissed for 234 runs in 39.1 overs losing the clash by 125 runs.

2007 – Australia

Australia World Cup 2007
Australia World Cup 2007. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

In the 2007 edition held in West Indies, Australia won the title for the third consecutive year. A total of 16 teams took part in this edition, and eventually, Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and South Africa reached the Semi-Finals.

In the first SF, Sri Lanka defeated New Zealand by 81 runs while Australia won the second SF by 7 wickets against South Africa. In the final game, Australia registered a victory by 53 runs with Adam Gilchrist scoring 149 runs off 104 balls for them.

2011 – India

MS Dhoni World Cup 2011
MS Dhoni World Cup 2011. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The 2011 edition brought back the glory for India in the ODI World Cup as they defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final. India earlier registered victory against Pakistan in the semi-final while Sri Lanka defeated New Zealand by 5 wickets.

In the final match, Sri Lanka scored 274/6 with Mahela Jayawardene hitting a ton. In response, Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni guided India to a six-wicket win with 10 balls to spare. This was the first time when the home team won the World Cup.

2015 – Australia

Australia – 2015 World Cup
Australia – 2015 World Cup. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Australia won their record fifth trophy in the 2015 ODI World Cup. In the first semi-final, New Zealand won a thriller by 4 wickets, while India lost to Australia by 95 runs in the second SF. In the final clash, New Zealand got all-out for 183 runs while batting first with Grant Elliott top-scoring for them. In the chase, David Warner, Steve Smith, and Michael Clarke played superb knocks to ensure a 7-wicket victory in 33.1 overs.

2019 – England

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 30: Ben Stokes (C) of England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

The 2019 World Cup final was the most dramatic and arguably the greatest ever final in cricket history. This edition also marked the return of round-robin format with ten teams clashing against each other in the first round. In the semi-finals, New Zealand and England defeated India and Australia respectively.

In the final game, England scored 241 runs while batting first, and the Kiwi team also ended up with the same score. Later in the super over, both teams scored the same number of runs, and England were crowned as the champions based on the boundary count rule.

ODI World Cup winners list

Year Host Winner Score Runner-up Score
1975 England West Indies 291–8 Australia 274
1979 England West Indies 286–9 England 194
1983 England India 183 West Indies 140
1987 India and Pakistan Australia 253–5 England 246–8
1992 Australia and New Zealand Pakistan 249–6 England 227
1996 Pakistan and India Sri Lanka 245–3 Australia 241
1999 England Australia 133–2 Pakistan 132
2003 South Africa Australia 359–2 India 234
2007 West Indies Australia 281–4 Sri Lanka 215–8
2011 India and Bangladesh India 277–4 Sri Lanka 274–6
2015 Australia and New Zealand Australia 186–3 New Zealand 183
2019 England and Wales England 241 New Zealand 241–8

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