Cricket World Cup teams

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The captains of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

This is a summary of the performances of various international teams in the Cricket World Cup

Debutant teams[edit]

Year Number
of teams
Debutant teams
1975 8  Australia, East Africa,  England,  India,  New Zealand,  Pakistan,  Sri Lanka,  West Indies
1979 8  Canada
1983 8  Zimbabwe
1987 8 none
1992 9  South Africa
1996 12  Kenya,  Netherlands,  United Arab Emirates
1999 12  Bangladesh,  Scotland
2003 14  Namibia
2007 16  Bermuda,  Ireland
2011 14 none
2015 14  Afghanistan

Performance of teams[edit]

Map of nations' best results after the 2007 Cricket World Cup

So far, 20 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. Australia are the current champions, and had won four times before (1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007) The West Indies won the first two, India won two (1983 and 2011), Sri Lanka and Pakistan won one each. 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.

Upsets[edit]

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,[1][2] while England have suffered the most number of upsets with three.

Associate
Nation
Full member
Nation
Year Result Description
 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 on to 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.
 Ireland  West Indies 2015 Ireland won by 4 wickets (with 25 balls remaining). Ireland chased down a huge target, 305, set by West Indies. Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce and Niall O'Brien made the chase look easy.

Overview[edit]

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.

Team Appearances Best result Statistics
Total First Latest Played Won Lost Tie NR
 Australia 11 1975 2015 Champions (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015) 84 62 20 1 1
 India 11 1975 2015 Champions (1983, 2011) 75 46 27 1 1
 West Indies 11 1975 2015 Champions (1975, 1979) 71 41 29 0 1
 Pakistan 11 1975 2015 Champions (1992) 71 40 29 0 2
 Sri Lanka 11 1975 2015 Champions (1996) 73 35 35 1 2
 New Zealand 11 1975 2015 Runners-up (2015) 79 48 30 0 1
 England 11 1975 2015 Runners-up (1979, 1987, 1992) 72 41 29 1 1
 South Africa 7 1992 2015 Semifinals (1992, 1999, 2007, 2015) 55 35 18 2 0
 Kenya 5 1996 2011 Semifinals (2003) 29 6 22 0 1
 Zimbabwe 9 1983 2015 Super Six (1999, 2003) 57 11 42 1 3
 Bangladesh 5 1999 2015 Super 8 (2007) 32 11 20 0 1
 Ireland 3 2007 2015 Super 8 (2007) 21 7 13 1 0
 Netherlands 4 1996 2011 Group Stage 20 2 18 0 0
 Canada 4 1979 2011 Group Stage 18 2 16 0 0
 United Arab Emirates 2 1996 2015 Group Stage 11 1 10 0 0
 Afghanistan 1 2015 2015 Group Stage 6 1 5 0 0
 Scotland 3 1999 2015 Group Stage 14 0 14 0 0
 Namibia 1 2003 2003 Group Stage 6 0 6 0 0
 Bermuda 1 2007 2007 Group Stage 3 0 3 0 0
East Africa 1 1975 1975 Group Stage 3 0 3 0 0

Team results[edit]

Comprehensive team results of the World Cup. See below for legend.

Team 1975 1979 1983 1987 1992 1996 1999 2003 2007 2011 2015
England England England India
Pakistan
Australia
New Zealand
India
Sri Lanka
Pakistan
England South Africa West Indies Cricket Board India
Sri Lanka
Bangladesh
Australia
New Zealand
 Afghanistan R1
 Australia 2nd R1 R1 1st R1 2nd 1st 1st 1st QF 1st
 Bangladesh R1 R1 S8 R1 QF
 Bermuda R1
 Canada R1 R1 R1 R1
East Africa R1  
 England SF 2nd SF 2nd 2nd QF R1 R1 S8 QF R1
 India R1 R1 1st SF R1 SF S6 2nd R1 1st SF
 Ireland S8 R1 R1
 Kenya R1 R1 SF R1 R1
 Namibia R1
 Netherlands R1 R1 R1 R1
 New Zealand SF SF R1 R1 SF QF SF S6 SF SF 2nd
 Pakistan R1 SF SF SF 1st QF 2nd R1 R1 SF QF
 Scotland R1 R1 R1
 South Africa SF QF SF R1 SF QF SF
 Sri Lanka R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 1st R1 SF 2nd 2nd QF
 United Arab Emirates R1 R1
 West Indies 1st 1st 2nd R1 R1 SF R1 R1 S8 QF QF
 Zimbabwe R1 R1 R1 R1 S6 S6 R1 R1 R1

Legend[edit]

  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Second place
  • SF – Semi-finals
  • S8 – Super Eight (2007 only)
  • S6 – Super Six (1999–2003)
  • QF – Quarter-finals (1996, 2011-2015)
  • R1 – First Round

References[edit]