History of the Cricket World Cup

Where: West Indies
Champions: Australia
What happened in the Final? The best two sides made the final, but the farcical scenes at the end of the match summed up the utter shambles that almost everyone knew the tournament had become. Read more
Where: South Africa
Champions: Australia
What happened in the Final? So savage was the attack led by Ricky Ponting (140 not out off 121 balls) with support from Damien Martyn and Adam Gilchrist that Australia 's 359 for 2 was never under threat. Read more
Where: England
Champions: Australia
What happened in the Final? Pakistan, the most exciting side in the tournament, went to pieces when it mattered most. Needing a paltry 133 for victory, the Australians knocked them off with just two wickets down. Read more
Where: India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Champions: Sri Lanka
What happened in the Final? Herald Sri Lankan Aravinda de Silva - no-one had dominated a World Cup final to the extent that he did here. He took two catches and three wickets, then strolled to an elegant 107 not out. Read more
Where: Australia and New Zealand
Champions: Pakistan
What happened in the Final? Pakistan were on fire, and England were not. Imran Khan and Javed Miandad made 72 and 58 as Pakistan recovered to 249 for 6. England were soon 69 for 4… Read more
Where: Pakistan and India
Champions: Australia
What happened in the Final? The 1987 World Cup was lifted by Allan Border, captain of Australia who won against arch-rivals England by 7 runs in the most closely fought World Cup final to date in the Eden Gardens stadium in Calcutta. Read more
Where: England
Champions: India
What happened in the Final? When India were strangled for 183, and Richards led West Indies to 50 for 1 in reply, Caribbean celebrations began. But then Madan Lal and Mohinder came to the crease. Read more
Where: England (again!)
Champions: West Indies
What happened in the Final? In his finest hour (77 minutes, actually, but no-one was counting) King blasted 86 off 66 balls, clouting ten fours and three sixes. Read more
Where: England
Champions: West Indies
What happened in the Final? The West Indies won the inaugural World Cup (at the time called the Prudential Cup), beating Australia by 17 runs in a scintillating final at Lord's. Read more
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