ICC Cricket World Cup is the main flagship tournament of international cricket and it is held every four years. Cricket World Cup is the third biggest sporting competition behind FIFA World Cup and Rugby World Cup. Cricket World Cup was started back in 1975 with the birth of One-Day cricket (50 over format) and West Indies went on to win the first two world cups.
So far 11 world cups have taken place and Australia is the most successful team having won 5 world cup titles and finished runners-up three times. India and West Indies has the competition twice each while Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the only other teams to have lift the biggest trophy in world cricket.
Australian Dominance: Australia won the most recent competition which took place in February-March 2015 co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. Australia defeated New Zealand in the final to win their fifth world cup title in Melbourne. Australia also won three back to back titles in 1999, 2003 and 2007 and it was India who broke their winning streak in 2011 when they won their second world cup.
See Also: World Twenty20 Winners
|1987||Australia||England||India & Pakistan|
|1992||Pakistan||England||Australia & New Zealand|
|1996||Sri Lanka||Australia||Pakistan & India|
|2007||Australia||Sri Lanka||West Indies|
|2011||India||Sri Lanka||India & Bangladesh|
|2015||Australia||New Zealand||Australia & New Zealand|
Looking Ahead: Next two world cup hosting nations are already decided with England hosting in 2019 while India will exclusively host in 2023 what will be the 13th edition of the biggest cricket prize. England has played two world cup finals and lost on both occasions in 1987 against Australia and than in 1992 against Pakistan.
Australia is undoubtedly the greatest cricket nation and its hard to imagine any other team breaking their dominance in cricket for years to come. I would love to hear your thoughts about which is the greatest cricket nation and can any team break Australia dominance in near future ? So far only 6 teams has ever world the cricket world cup you think any other team can finally lift the coveted trophy ? let me know your thoughts in the comments below.