Cricket World Cup teams
This is a summary of the performances of various international teams in the Cricket World Cup
|1975||Australia, East Africa, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies|
|1996||Kenya, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates|
Here are the number of teams competing in each World Cup next to the year of the World Cup. Note: East Africa played in the 1975 Cricket world cup but no longer exists.
|1975||8 teams - East Africa still exists|
Performance of teams
So far, 19 teams have competed in the Cricket World Cup at least once (excluding qualifying tournaments). Of these, seven teams have taken part in every competition and only five have won. The West Indies won the first two, Australia won four (1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007)Srilanka and Pakistan won one each.Last but not the least India won 2 and they are the current champions.They previously won the 1983 Wold cup . The West Indies and Australia are also the only nations to have won consecutive titles (West Indies: 1975 and 1979; Australia: 1999, 2003 and 2007). Australia have also notably featured in 6 finals of the total 9 World Cups, including the last four in a row. England is the only country to have reached the final without ever winning it, having been runners-up three times. The furthest a non-Test playing nation has ever reached is the semi-finals, achieved by Kenya in the 2003 tournament.
India is the first host country to have won the world cup on the home ground in 2011.The only other host to reach a Final was England in the second tournament in 1979. Sri Lanka and England aside, other co-host nations which achieved or equalled their best finish in World Cups were New Zealand as semi-finalists in 1992, Zimbabwe reaching the Super Six in 2003 and Kenya as semi-finalists in 2003. In 1987, both co-hosting nations, India and Pakistan reached the semi-finals but neither managed to reach the final after losing to Australia and England respectively.
Due to the large gap in funding and skill set between non-Test playing nations and test playing nations, it is rare for a non-test playing nation to defeat a test playing nation. Often these performances help Associate nations earn Test Status. Full member nations receive automatic qualification to the World Cup, while Associates have to qualify (with the exception of Kenya for the 2003 and 2007 World Cups). Victories by Associates over Full members have happened 13 times over 10 tournaments. Bangladesh has caused the most number of upsets with four, while England have suffered the most number of upsets with three.
|Sri Lanka||India||1979||Sri Lanka won by 47 runs.||The first time an Associate member of the ICC defeated a test playing nation. Sri Lanka would go onto become a test playing nation several years later.|
|Zimbabwe||Australia||1983||Zimbabwe won by 13 runs.||One of the greatest upsets of all time, led by future England coach Duncan Fletcher (69* and 4-42). Zimbabwe won their very first international.|
|Zimbabwe||England||1992||Zimbabwe won by 9 runs.||Zimbabwe earned their first win after 18 defeats since beating Australia on their World Cup début in 1983. Zimbabwe would earn test status later in 1992.|
|Kenya||West Indies||1996||Kenya won by 73 runs.||A team composed of 100 per cent amateurs and only accustomed to playing cricket one day a week during their cricket season stunned two time world champions West Indies.|
|Bangladesh||Pakistan||1999||Bangladesh won by 62 runs.||Odds of 33-1 were available against a win for Bangladesh and some bookmakers were asking for a pds 80 stake to win pds 1 on victory for Pakistan. Bangladesh would be granted test status later in the year based on this victory.|
|Kenya||Sri Lanka||2003||Kenya won by 53 runs.||An electric display by Collins Obuya (5/24) in Kenya's only home world cup match to date.|
|Kenya||Zimbabwe||2003||Kenya won by 7 wickets.||Kenya defeated Zimbabwe and qualified for the semi finals. In what is probably the greatest cinderella World Cup campaign, Kenya had no sponsor throughout the competition.|
|Ireland||Zimbabwe||2007||Match tied||Zimbabwe and Ireland encountered to a third ever tie in World Cup.|
|Ireland||Pakistan||2007||Ireland won by 3 wickets (D/L).||On St. Patrick's Day, Ireland sent Pakistan crashing out of the competition only 4 days after it began. Niall O'Brien (72) led the way in a tense run chase.|
|Ireland||England||2011||Ireland won by 3 wickets.||Ireland chased down a massive target, 327, set by England. Till date, it remains the highest run chase in a World Cup. Struggling for 111-5, Kevin O'Brien smashed a rapid 100, off just 50 balls, the fastest century in a World Cup, leading to one of the greatest upsets in cricket.|
The table below provides an overview of the performances of teams over past World Cups, as of the end of the 2011 tournament. Teams are sorted by best performance, then total number of wins, then total number of games, then by alphabetical order.
|Australia||10||1975||2011||Champions (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007)||76||55||19||1||1|
|India||10||1975||2011||Champions (1983, 2011)||67||39||26||1||1|
|West Indies||10||1975||2011||Champions (1975, 1979)||64||38||25||0||1|
|Sri Lanka||10||1975||2011||Champions (1996)||66||31||31||1||2|
|New Zealand||10||1975||2011||Semifinals (1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007, 2011)||70||40||29||0||1|
|England||10||1975||2011||Runners-up (1979, 1987, 1992)||66||39||25||1||1|
|South Africa||6||1992||2011||Semifinals (1992, 1999, 2007)||47||31||14||2||0|
|Zimbabwe||8||1983||2011||Super Six (1999, 2003)||51||10||37||1||3|
|Bangladesh||4||1999||2011||Super 8 (2007)||26||8||17||0||1|
|Ireland||2||2007||2011||Super 8 (2007)||15||4||10||1||0|
|United Arab Emirates||1||1996||1996||Group Stage||5||1||4||0||0|
|East Africa (no longer exists)||1||1975||1975||Group Stage||3||0||3||0||0|
Comprehensive team results of the World Cup. See below for legend.