The Cricket World Cup has had plenty of outstanding moments since its creation in 1975. The West Indies, India, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have all triumphed on the world stage, with the Aussies lifting the trophy on five occasions. Hosts England have been named as favourites for the upcoming tournament, however, as we have found out in the past, nothing is certain in cricket. We’ve decided to take a look back at some of the best moments from the past 11 World Cups, including some shock wins, brilliant individual displays and dramatic games.
1975: Sir Viv Richards' three final run outs
In the first ever World Cup final, Sir Viv Richards produced a brilliant fielding display against Australia. Richards ran out three Aussie batsmen, as the West Indies triumphed at Lords.
1983: Kapil Dev's remarkable innings
After being reduced to 17-5 against Zimbabwe, India looked to be staring down the barrel of an embarrassing defeat. However, Kapil Dev produced one of the great World Cup knocks in England, hitting 175* from just 138 deliveries. Dev hit 16 fours and six sixes in his innings, leading India to a respectable 266/8. India then bowled Zimbabwe out for 235, with Dev taking the final wicket.
1992: Akram's memorable spell
Wasim Akram was the star of the show in the 1992 World Cup final against England. He impressed with the bat to help Pakistan to 249 and then removed Sir Ian Botham early on. Akram was then thrown the ball later on in the innings and dismissed Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis in successive deliveries to turn the tide in Pakistan’s favour.
1999: Gibbs' costly drop
The famous line of ‘You’ve just dropped the World Cup’ occurred when South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs put down a simple catch to remove Australia’s Steve Waugh. Gibbs’ drop proved costly, with Waugh going on to make 120 from 110 balls as Australia won with two deliveries to spare to book themselves into the semi-final.
2007: Bangladesh defeat India
Bangladesh produced a remarkable display in all departments in 2007, defeating India in the group phase. The Tigers bowled the favourites out for 191 and managed to reach the target with nine balls remaining.
2007: Ireland upset Pakistan
Later on in the day, Ireland produced another upset by defeating Pakistan. Boyd Rankin and Niall O’Brien were the heroes with ball and bat, as Ireland chased down Pakistan’s 132 in the West Indies.
2007: Leverock's athletic catch
Bermuda’s Dwayne Leverock took a remarkable slip catch against India back in 2007 and won the hearts of all cricket fans. Standing at 280 pounds, Leverock dived to his right and produced a one-handed catch to remove India opener Robin Uthappa.
2007: Herschelle Gibbs' six sixes
Eight years on from his costly drop, South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs smashed six sixes against the Netherlands in 2007 in a period of brutal hitting. Daan van Bunge was the unfortunate bowler in the historical over.
2011: England v Ireland
England seemed to be on their way to a routine World Cup victory back in 2011 after posting 327/8 and reducing Ireland to 111/5. However, Kevin O’Brien smashed the fastest hundred by a player in the history of the 50-over World Cup to guide Ireland to a remarkable win in Sri Lanka.
2011: Yuvraj ends Australia's reign
A dramatic quarter-final between India and Australia in 2011 was settled by Yuvraj Singh. The all-rounder struck 57* to guide the hosts to victory and send defending champions Australia packing. India would go on to win the World Cup, defeating Sri Lanka in the final.
2011: Dhoni's final masterclass
India captain MS Dhoni promoted himself up the order against Sri Lanka in the final, which proved to be a match-changing decision. Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 91 to guide the hosts to victory, sealing the win with a six.
2015: Southee's scintillating spell
England suffered a humiliating eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand in 2015, thanks mainly to Tim Southee. The fast bowler picked up seven wickets for just 33 runs, dismissing the likes of Ian Bell, Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler.
2015: Bangladesh knock out England
England’s dismal 2015 World Cup concluded with another embarrassing defeat, this time against Bangladesh. The win for the Tigers meant they advanced past the groups for only the second time.
2015: Guptill's brutal double century
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill struck 237* in the 2015 quarter-final against the West Indies. Guptill smashed 24 fours and 11 sixes on the way to the highest World Cup score of all time and the second-highest in all ODIs.