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Most Cricket World Cup Wins: Australia Top List With 5 Championships, India Tied For 2nd With WI
- Australia have won the most Cricket World Cup titles, with five
- They won the championship in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015
- West Indies and India are tied for second with two titles apiece
The Cricket World Cup is the most prestigious competition in world cricket, with the best teams from across the globe competing for the championship every four years.
Since the inaugural competition in 1975, the Cricket World Cup has produced six different champions in 12 editions.
Sports Brief looks at the teams with the most World Cup wins as the 2023 edition heads into the final.
Australia (5 titles)
The Aussies hold the record for the most Cricket World Cup titles in the history of the event, with five.
They first captured the championship in 1987, beating England in the final by seven runs at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
David Boon was named player of the match, scoring 75 runs from 125 balls.
Australia waited 12 years to win the championship again, beating Pakistan in the 1999 final by eight wickets at Lord's Cricket Ground.
The Wallabies made Pakistan regret their decision to bat first as they were bundled out for a score of 132 runs. The Aussies had an easy time with their run chase, achieving their target after just 20.1 overs.
Shane Warne was named player of the match after taking four wickets for 33 runs from nine overs.
Australia successfully defended their title in 2003, beating India in the final by 125 runs at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ricky Ponting was named player of the match, scoring an unbeaten 140. He helped his country take their total to 359 runs for 6 at the end of the innings.
That number proved to be difficult to overcome for the Indians, who were bowled out for 234 in 39.2 overs.
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Australia became the first team to win three consecutive Cricket World Cup titles after capturing the championship in 2007.
They defeated Sri Lanka by 53 runs using the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Adam Gilchrist was named player of the match, scoring 149 runs, the highest in a World Cup final.
Australia's last championship came in 2015 when they beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the final.
James Faulkner was named player of the match after posting figures of 3-36 from nine overs, getting the key wickets of Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, and Corey Anderson.
Michael Clarke led the run chase for the Aussies, scoring 74 runs from 72 balls, per the BBC.
West Indies (2 titles)
West Indies won the first two editions of the Cricket World Cup, capturing the title in 1975 and 1979.
They defeated Australia in the 1975 final by 17 runs at Lord's.
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Clive Lloyd was named player of the match, scoring 102 runs, including 12 fours and two sixes.
They successfully defended their title in 1979, beating England by 92 runs in the final at Lord's.
Viv Richards was named player of the match, scoring an unbeaten 138 from 157 balls.
India (2 titles)
India first won the World Cup back in 1983, beating the mighty West Indies in the final by 43 runs.
The Indians managed to record the biggest upset in World Cup history despite posting a low target of 184 for the two-time defending champions.
They bowled out West Indies for 140 to claim the shock victory. Mohinder Amarnath was awarded the Man of the Match for his all-round performance in the final.
He claimed three wickets and scored 26 runs in the win against the West Indies.
India waited 28 years to win the championship again, capturing the title in front of their home fans in Mumbai.
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They defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the 2011 final, with MS Dhoni leading India's run chase.
He smashed an unbeaten 91 from 79 deliveries to help India set a new record for the highest successful run-chase in a World Cup final, per The Guardian.
South Africa vs. Australia Preview
Sports Brief recently previewed the semi-finals of the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
South Africa are facing Australia in Kolkata today, with rain have an effect so far.
The winner of this CWC semi-final clash will lock horns with India in the final.