ICC World Cup 2019: Two-time champions India’s journey in the history of the tournament

Here we look at India’s journey in the World Cup.

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The 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup will kick off at the Oval in England on May 30 when hosts and three-time finalists England will take on South Africa. This is the fifth time that a World Cup edition will be held in England after 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999. Australia have won the trophy the most number of times (five) while the Windies and India have won twice each. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won once each.

We take a look at performances of teams at the World Cup as per the current ICC rankings in the ODIs. The upcoming edition will be a 10-team affair and it will be the first time that a World Cup will not feature all the Test-playing nations (Zimbabwe and Ireland miss out) and only the second time since 1992 where there will be no groups and each team will be playing the other and the top four will qualify for the semi-finals.

Here we look at India’s journey in the World Cup. Ranked second in the ICC’s ODI table at the moment, India have played in all 11 editions of the tournament so far, winning it twice while finishing as the runners-up once.

India at World Cup cricket

India have played 74 matches in the showpiece event till now, winning 46, losing 26 while one was tied and another ending without a result. They won the tournament in England in 1983 and at home in 2011. They also made the finals of the 2003 edition played in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya but were beaten by Australia.

World Cup 1975; failed to proceed beyond the group stage


Led by spinner Srinivas Venkataraghavan, India were in Group A with hosts England, New Zealand and erstwhile East Africa. They had a bizarre first match against England in which chasing 335 runs in 60 overs, India finished at 132 for 3 with opener Sunil Gavaskar remaining unbeaten 36 in 174 balls! Maybe India were trying to play for a draw. Gavaskar scored a much better 86-ball-65* to trounce East Africa by 10 wickets in the second game. But a four-wicket loss to New Zealand in their final group game in Manchester saw India crashing out of the tournament.


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