Cricket World Cup winners list: A list of all the past winners

Cricket World Cup winners list: A list of all the past winners

Quite a number of teams have been on the Cricket World Cup winners' list. This is due to their exceptional offensive power and the leadership skills of their captains and coaches. Australia has won the tournament five times, India and the West Indies have won it twice each, and Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and England have each won it once.

Cricket World Cup winners list: A list of all the past winners
Eoin Morgan of England lifts the Cricket World Cup Trophy during the Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on July 14, 2019, in London, England. Photo: Gareth Copley
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) organizes the event every four years, with preliminary qualification rounds leading up to a finals tournament. The tournament is one of the most watched sporting events in the world, and the ICC refers to it as the "flagship event of the international cricket calendar."

History of Cricket matches

Canada and the United States met for the first international cricket match on September 1844. However, the first credited Test match was played in 1877 and was between Australia and England.

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The two teams then began to compete on a regular basis in subsequent years. As a result, the series between the two was referred to as The Ashes.

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Who won most Ashes series?

Who won most Ashes series?
Adam Voges (l) of Australia catches the ball to dismiss Alastair Cook of England off the bowling of Nathan Lyon during the Ashes Test match at Edgbaston on July 29, 2015. Photo: Mitchell Gunn
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Formerly, the series consisted of five Tests hosted by both teams once every two years. The series is considered to be held by the team that most recently won it. If the series is drawn, the current holder of the Ashes retains the trophy.

There have been 72 Ashes series. Australia has won 34, England 32, while six series have been drawn.

Later in 1889, South Africa was also granted Test status. The representative teams were selected to tour each other, resulting in bilateral competition.

The game eventually ended as an Olympic sport at the 1900 Paris Games. During the tournament, Great Britain won the gold medal after defeating France.

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Cricket world cup winners list and captains

Cricket world cup winners' list and captains
Sophie Molineux, captain of Victoria during the WNCL match between South Australia and Victoria at Karen Rolton Oval, on September 25, 2022, in Adelaide, Australia. Photo: Sarah Reed
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The Cricket World Cup was held for the first time in England, in June 1975. In fact, the first three editions of the tournament were held in England before countries hosting the tournament on an unofficial rotation system began with the 1987 edition. Since the tournament's inception, 14 ICC members have hosted at least one match of the marquee event.

The list below shows the winners of the tournament since the year 1975, as well as the runners-up and hosts for each year the event was held:

Year World Cup Winner Runners Up Host Finals Venue
1975 West IndiesAustraliaEngland Lord's Cricket Ground, London
1979 West Indies EnglandEngland Lord's Cricket Ground, London
1983 IndiaWest Indies England Lord's Cricket Ground, London
1987 AustraliaEngland India & PakistanEden Gardens, Kolkata
1992 PakistanEngland Australia & New Zealand Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
1996 Sri LankaAustralia India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
1999 AustraliaPakistan England Lord's Cricket Ground, London
2003 AustraliaIndia AustraliaWanderers, Johannesburg
2007 AustraliaSri Lanka Australia Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
2011 IndiaSri Lanka India Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
2015 AustraliaNew Zealand Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground
2019 EnglandNew Zealand England Lord's, London

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Which country has the most Cricket World Cup wins?

Country with the most Cricket World Cup wins
Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates the wicket of Rohit Sharma (C) of India during game three of the T20 International series on September 25, 2022. Photo: Pankaj Nangia
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According to sources, Australia is the competition's most successful team, winning five tournaments (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015) and finishing second twice. The West Indies won the first tournament in 1975 and the second edition in 1979, making them the only team to do so twice. Australia has won three games in a row (1999, 2003 and 2007).

England is the defending champions of the Cricket World Cup. They beat New Zealand in an epic 2019 final at the Lord's on boundary count after a Super Over.

The list of Cricket World Cup winner captains

We are providing you with this list so you can easily see which team won the World Cup in which year and under which captaincy. This is because captains have made significant contributions to bringing the World Cup to their home countries.

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Year Winner Captain
2019 EnglandEoin Morgan
2015 AustraliaMichael Clarke
2011 India MS Dhoni
2007 Australia Ricky Ponting
2003 Australia Ricky Ponting
1999 Australia Steve Waugh
1996 Sri Lanka Arjuna Ranatunga
1992 Pakistan Imran Khan
1987 Australia Allan Border
1983 India Kapil Dev
1979 West Indies Clive Lloyd
1975 West IndiesClive Lloyd

When is the next Cricket World Cup?

Cricket world cup winners' list and captains
Sam Truloff of Queensland bats during the Marsh One Day Cup match between Queensland and South Australia at Allan Border Field, on September 26, 2022, in Brisbane, Australia. Photo: Albert Perez
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The 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup will be the 13th edition of the tournament, hosted by India in October and November 2023. The competition will be held entirely in India for the first time.

Three previous editions - 1987, 1996, and 2011 - were partially hosted there. The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from 9 February to 26 March 2023; however, in July 2020, it was announced that the tournament would be moved to an October-November window due to the disruption of the qualification schedule caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2027 World Cup will be held in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia.

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How do teams qualify for the world cup?

Which country has the most cricket world cup wins?
Joe Root of England and coach Graham Thorpe with the trophy after winning the Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on July 14, 2019, in London, England. Photo: Gareth Copley.
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The current format includes a qualification phase that lasts three years to determine which teams advance to the tournament phase. During the tournament phase, ten teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation, compete for the title for over a month at venues throughout the host country. The format for the 2027 edition will be altered to accommodate a 14-team final competition.

Getting to the cricket world cup winners' list is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. All the teams that have won the cricket world cup have been on the full members list. However, the best result by a non-full-member team came in 2003 when Kenya made the semi-finals.

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