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    Everyone is talking cricket now a days. May be I should also contribute a little after a while here at one of my favourite spot on Internet....SBF that is....
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    The 1975 Cricket World Cup (officially called the Prudential Cup) was the first edition of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) cricket world cup. It was held from 7 June to 21 June 1975 in England. The tournament was sponsored by Prudential Assurance Company and had 8 participating countries. These were the 6 Test playing teams of that time (namely Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan & West Indies) and Sri Lanka & East Africa. The preliminary matches were played in 2 groups of 4 each. The top two teams from each group then played the knock-out rounds of semi-finals and final.


    The matches were played as 60 overs per team in traditional white clothing and with red balls. They were all played during the day and, hence, started early. One of the most bizarre batting efforts in one-day history was made by Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar. England scored 334 (4 wickets, 60 overs) with Dennis Amiss (137 from 147 balls, 18 fours) scoring the first ever World Cup century, nobly supported by Keith Fletcher (68 from 107 balls, 4 fours, 1 six). The response of Gavaskar (36 from 174 balls, 1 four) was to bat through the 60 overs for 36 not out.


    The Prudential Cup was lifted by Clive Lloyd, captain of West Indies, who had started the tournament as the favourites.







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    One of the most talked about stories in world cricket happened in 1975 world cup. England won the inaugural match by massive 202 runs and the hero or should I say the villain of that match was our great Sunil Manohar Gavaskar....He faced 174 balls and made 36 not out and batted full 6o overs....
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    The 1979 Cricket World Cup (aka Prudential World Cup, 1979) was the second edition of the tournament and was won by the West Indies. It was held from June 9 to June 23, 1979 in England. The format had remained unchanged from 1975. Eight countries participated in the event. The preliminary matches were played in 2 groups of 4 each. The top two teams in each group played the semifinals, whose winners played the final.

    The matches played consisted of 60 overs per team and were played in traditional white clothing and with red balls. They were all played during the day and hence started early.


    The Prudential Cup was lifted by Clive Lloyd, captain of the West Indies who started as the favorites to win the cup again. There was no 'Man of the Series' awarded in 1979.



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    India lost to SriLanka for the first time in cricket world cup but the talking point was slow Geoffery Boycott and English captain Mike Bearly in finals. England’s openers, Geoff Boycott and Mike Bearley, put together 129 runs for the first wicket, but they did so at a very slow pace. Bearley (64) and Boycott (57) fell within six runs of each other. The high asking rate had already increased the pressure on the middle order and if that wasn’t enough, the pace of Joel Garner increased it further. Garner picked up five wickets as England were bowled out for 194, 92 runs short of the target.....
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    The 1983 Cricket World Cup (also known as Prudential Cup) was the third edition of the tournament. It was held from 9 June to 25 June 1983 in England and was won by India. Eight countries participated in the event. The preliminary matches were played in two groups of four teams each, and each country played the others in its group twice. The top two teams in each group qualified for the semi-finals.


    The matches consisted of 60 overs per team and were played in traditional white clothing and with red balls. They were all played during the day.

    The 1983 World Cup was full of dramatic cricket right from the start. Teams like India and Zimbabwe who were not playing well at those times scored upset victories over the West Indies and Australia respectively. England, Pakistan, India and tournament favorites West Indies qualified for the semifinals.




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    I was very young but faintly remember our famous win...It was great and it changed the way cricket in our country was played in next few years. The cup that counted most was ours. I strongly believe Imran Khan winning the cup for Pakistan in 1992 was inspired by Indian win. The team at that time was full of bowling allrounders like Madan Lal, Kirti Azad, Roger Binny and of course the batting allrounder Jimmy Amarnath.

    The pitch for the final was a full green top and England did what they could to see India loose to avenge their semi final loss. West Indies had four fast bowlers the world cricket has ever seen, dangerous and fearsome and they got what they wanted in that pitch but as the history would have it...Madan Lal demanded one more over from Kapil and Richards was gone, rest is history. Indian won the cup in great style....
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    The 1987 Cricket World Cup (aka Reliance World Cup) was the fourth edition of the tournament. It was held from October 8 to November 8, 1987 in India and Pakistan - the first held outside England. The format was unchanged from 1983 except for a reduction in the number of overs a team played from 60 to 50, the current standard. 8 countries participated in the event. The preliminary matches were played in 2 groups of 4 each in which each country played its groupmates twice. The top two teams in each group qualified for the semifinals, whose winners played the final. The matches were played with traditional white clothing and with red balls. They were all played during the day. There was no 'Man of the Series' awarded in 1987.


    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. The other semifinalists, India and Pakistan failed to bring about an eagerly awaited India-Pakistan final.




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    Smile Imran's 3-36 vs Australia in Semis




    If you ask me who is my most favoured cricketer, well this is him the great Pathan from Pakistan and one of the most intelligent cricketer I have ever seen and watched in my life....It was wonderful to just watch him bowl....Pakistan's present position in world cricket is his giving...Akram, Younis, Inzamam....you name it and he has given Pakistan great cricketers. Most of us perhaps dont know Pakistan even now doesnt possess any cricketing infrastructure, still it was Imran who gave Pakistan what no other administrator couldnt....My salutations Imran....


    In the other semi final Graham Gooch literally swept India out of the world cup....Kapil tried but in the end it wasnt to be....
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    The 1992 Cricket World Cup (Benson & Hedges World Cup) was the fifth edition of the tournament and was held from 22 February to 25 March 1992 in Australia and New Zealand. Sponsored by Benson and Hedges, it was won by Pakistan, who defeated England in the final.


    The 1992 World Cup was the first to feature coloured player clothing, white cricket balls and black sightscreens with a number of matches being played under floodlights. These innovations had been increasingly used in One Day Internationals since World Series Cricket introduced them in the late 1970s, but they were not a feature of the first four World Cups.


    The 1992 World Cup was also the first to be held in Southern hemisphere. It was also the first World Cup to include the South Africa national cricket team, which had been allowed to re-join the International Cricket Council as a Test-playing nation after the end of apartheid.




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