Statical Review of Teams in Cricket World Cup

Statical Review of Teams in Cricket World Cup

Less than 100 days are remaining in cricket’s most prestigious and celebrated event, the World Cup. So far, 19 different countries have participated in this event in different years and Afghanistan is all set to debut this time. Australia is considered to be a very tough opponent in cricket and they have stamped their authority in the World Cups too as they are the most successful team in the WC, followed by Pakistan.

Lets see how different teams have scored during their WC campaigns:

Debutant Teams:

Every country that plays cricket has its chance to qualify for the world cup; this means that there is room for a debutant every time. Eight teams played the inaugural world cup. Canada then joined in for 1979. Zimbabwe made their debut in 1983 while South Africa had to wait until 1992 to qualify for the World Cup.

This time Afghanistan will be making its World Cup Debut to become 5th Asian team and 20th overall to feature in a cricket world cup.

Year Teams
1975 Australia, East Africa*, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies
1979 Canada
1983 Zimbabwe
1987 none
1992 South Africa
1996 Kenya, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates
1999 Bangladesh, Scotland
2003 Namibia
2007 Bermuda, Ireland
2011 none
2015 Afghanistan

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Complete Statical Overview:

CricTracker provides its viewers a complete statical review of teams that have participated in a world cup. Australia, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand and England have featured in every world cup edition starting from 1975. Namibia (2003), Bermuda (2007), United Arab Emirates (1996) and East Africa (1975) have participated in a world cup just once.

Australia is the MOST SUCCESSFUL team in the world cups with 55 wins in 76 matches played followed by Pakistan who has won 46 of its 74 matches. Scotland, Namibia, East Africa and Bermuda are the only teams who have failed to win even a single match at the world cups.

Team Appearances Best Performance Played Won Lost Tied NR
Australia 10 Champions (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007) 76 55 19 1 1
Pakistan 10 Champions (1992) 74 46 26 0 2
New Zealand 10 Semifinals (1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007, 2011) 70 40 29 0 1
India 10 Champions (1983, 2011) 67 39 26 1 1
Sri Lanka 10 Champions (1996) 66 31 31 1 2
England 10 Runner-ups (1975, 1987, 1992) 66 39 25 1 1
West Indies 10 Champions (1975, 1979) 64 38 25 0 1
Zimbabwe 8 Super 6s (1999, 2003) 51 10 37 1 3
South Africa 6 Semifinals (1992, 1999, 2007) 47 31 14 2 0
Kenya 5 Semifinals (2003) 29 06 22 0 1
Bangladesh 4 Super 8s (2007) 26 08 17 0 1
Netherlands 4 11th (2003) 20 2 18 0 0
Canada 4 8th (1979) 18 2 16 0 0
Ireland 2 Super 8s (2007) 15 4 10 1 0
Scotland 2 12th (1999) 8 0 8 0 0
Namibia 1 14th (2003) 6 0 6 0 0
United Arab Emirates 1 11th (1996) 5 1 4 0 0
Bermuda 1 16th (2007) 3 0 3 0 0
East Africa* 1 8th (1975) 3 0 3 0 0

*team no longer exists.

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Interesting Stats:

  • New Zealand made it to the semifinals on 6 different occasions but never succeeded in qualifying for the Final.
  • England qualified for the Finals three different times and ended up as runner-ups everytime.
  • South Africa existed before 1975 but they were banned to participate in the WCs due to apartheid and racial charges.
  • Kenya, being an under-dog, surprisingly qualified for the semi-final of the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

All stats updated till 8th Nov 2014.