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Which champion group is biggest in World Cup historical past? India one win away from rivalling better of all time


The thirteenth World Cup champions can be topped on Sunday evening at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium when India look to turn into simply the sixth group in historical past to undergo the match undefeated. 

5-time champs Australia are all that’s standing of their approach as they pursue a slice of historical past after their semi-final victory over South Africa. 

India have been vastly spectacular however they’re not invincible whereas the Aussies are nonetheless but to place collectively an entire efficiency and regardless of profitable eight on the trot are a flawed line-up. 

If the Indians can fulfil their future of an unbeaten march to the trophy, their omnipotent line-up may have a declare to be thought-about up there with the most effective in ODI World Cup historical past.

However of the 12 earlier sides which lifted the trophy, which one was the best?

MUMBAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 15: Virat Kohli of India celebrates after scoring a century, overtaking Sachin Tendulkar for the all time most ODI centuries during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup India 2023 Semi Final match between India and New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium on November 15, 2023 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Alex Davidson-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring his century, overtaking Sachin Tendulkar. (Photograph by Alex Davidson-ICC/ICC through Getty Photographs)

The West Indies in 1975 and ‘79 didn’t endure a loss within the first two World Cups, Sri Lanka did likewise of their surprising ‘96 success whereas the Australian juggernaut of 2003 and ‘07 swept all earlier than them. 

If you happen to put the 12 champion line-ups as they had been after they conquered the world right into a head-to-head match, who can be the final group standing?

World Cup honour function 

1975 West Indies
1979 West Indies 
1983 India
1987 Australia
1992 Pakistan
1996 Sri Lanka 
1999 Australia
2003 Australia
2007 Australia
2011 India 
2015 Australia
2019 England 

All these groups had been improbable in their very own proper so to work out which one is the best, for the sake of this train, either side was weighed up by way of all-time greats, how a lot they dominated and the legacy they left. 

The primary groups reduce 

The unique World Cup champions led by Clive Lloyd laid the inspiration for the West Indies’ 20 years of dominance on the worldwide cricket stage. 

However compared with the Windies of 4 years later, the ‘79 aspect was far stronger, significantly with Michael Holding and Joel Garner added to the bowling assault so the 1975 aspect is out of the working. 

The 1983 Indians had been pioneers in establishing India as a cricketing superpower however once you analyse their profitable XI, there are just a few gamers who had modest worldwide careers. 

Sri Lanka’s 1996 historical past makers additionally blazed a path for his or her nation with gamers equivalent to Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga bridging the hole from their early stars and their second era led by Muttiah Muralidaran, Chaminda Vaas and Sanath Jayasuriya. 

Kapil Dev and Mohinder Armanath celebrate with the World Cup in 1983.

Kapil Dev and Mohinder Armanath have a good time with the World Cup in 1983. (Photograph by Adrian Murrell/Allsport//Getty Photographs)

However in addition they had just a few gamers who had been good not nice, particularly compared in opposition to a few of these different star-studded World Cup-winning outfits. 

Australia have 5 horses on this race and whereas all of them contained legends of the sport, Allan Border’s 1987 aspect and the Michael Clarke-led aspect which triumphed in 2015 couldn’t maintain a candle to the three sides which collected all of the silverware from 1999-2007. 

England’s 2019 group additionally doesn’t make it into the highest half of World Cup champions because of the truth that most of their gamers are superb however in the case of all-time nice standing in ODI cricket, would you say any of those gamers fall into that class?

And naturally they get docked just a few demerit factors for not scoring greater than their opponents within the last however squeaking by New Zealand because of a weird boundary depend again after the Tremendous Over stalemate. 

1975 Windies ’79 Windies ’83 India ’87 Australia ’92 Pakistan ’96 Sri Lanka 
Roy Fredericks Desmond Haynes  Sunil Gavaskar David Boon Aamer Sohail Sanath Jayasuriya
Gordon Greenidge Gordon Greenidge Kris Srikkanth Geoff Marsh Ramiz Raja Romesh Kaluwitharana (wk)
Alvin Kallicharran Viv Richards Mohinder Armanath Dean Jones Imran Khan Asanka Gurusinha
Rohan Kanhai Alvin Kallicharran Yashpal Sharma Allan Border Javed Miandad Aravinda de Silva
Clive Lloyd (c) Clive Lloyd (c) Sandeep Patel Mike Veletta Inzamam-ul-haq Arjuna Ranatunga
Viv Richards Collis King Kapil Dev (c) Steve Waugh Ijaz Ahmed Hasan Tillakaratne
Keith Boyce Deryck Murray (wk) Kirti Azad Simon O’Donnell Saleem Malik  Roshan Mahanama 
Bernard Julien  Andy Roberts Roger Binny Greg Dyer (wk) Moin Khan (wk) Kumar Dharmasena
Deryck Murray (wk) Joel Garner Madan Lal Craig McDermott Wasim Akram Chaminda Vaas
Vanburn Holder Michael Holding Syed Kirmani (wk) Tim Could Mushtaq Ahmed Pramodya Wickramasinghe
Andy Roberts Colin Croft Balwinder Sandhu  Bruce Reid Aqib Javed Muttiah Muralidaran

The Tremendous Six: the ‘79 Windies, ‘92 Pakistan, the Aussie golden period and India’s 2011 group

Australia’s 2007 line-up was unbeaten however they benefited from what was a comparatively mushy match and would wrestle to beat their earlier two incarnations. 

The 2011 Indians have the 2 main ODI centurions of all time in Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli however at reverse ends of their profession – one on the way in which out and the opposite simply beginning to turn into a famous person. That group’s batting was chic however the bowling assault will not be within the legendary stratosphere. 

‘99 Australia 2003 Australia  ’07 Australia  ’11 India ’15 Australia  ’19 England
Mark Waugh Matthew Hayden Matthew Hayden Virender Sehwag David Warner Jason Roy
Adam Gilchrist (wk) Adam Gilchrist (wk) Adam Gilchrist (wk) Sachin Tendulkar Aaron Finch Jonny Bairstoe
Ricky Ponting Ricky Ponting (c) Ricky Ponting (c) Gautum Gambhir Steve Smith Joe Root
Darren Lehmann Damien Martyn Andrew Symonds Virat Kohli Michael Clarke (c) Eion Morgan (c)
Steve Waugh (c) Darren Lehmann Shane Watson MS Dhoni (c) (wk) Shane Watson Ben Stokes
Michael Bevan  Michael Bevan  Michael Clarke Yuvraj Singh Glenn Maxwell Jos Buttler (wk)
Tom Moody Andrew Symonds Mike Hussey Suresh Raina James Faulkner Chris Woakes
Paul Reiffel Brad Hogg Brad Hogg Harbhajan Singh Brad Haddin (wk) Liam Plunkett
Shane Warne Andy Bichel Nathan Bracken Zaheer Khan Mitchell Johnson Jofra Archer
Damien Fleming Brett Lee Shaun Tait Munaf Patel Mitchell Starc Mark Wooden
Glenn McGrath Glenn McGrath Glenn McGrath Sreesanth Josh Hazlewood Adil Rashid

The Last 4: the ‘79 Windies, ‘92 Pakistan, the ‘99 and 2003 Aussies

If we’re speaking a couple of group to win one hypothetical match in opposition to these different champion XIs, the 1992 Pakistani aspect may beat anybody on their day. 

However the eclectic line-up of proficient people which Imran Khan managed to get firing on all cylinders additionally had the tendency to place in a collective shocker. 

They’d their share of luck to even make the ‘92 semis Down Below earlier than storming previous New Zealand and England to glory. 

West Indies' Viv Richards cuts the ball away during his record-breaking innings of 189 not out.

Sir Vivian Richards. (S&G/PA Photographs through Getty Photographs)

The 1979 Windies aspect incorporates their two biggest skippers in Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards, the best ODI batter of his era, and world-class openers within the iconic duo of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes. 

Add in a four-man tempo battery of Garner, Holding, Andy Roberts and Colin Croft and this group was forward of its time. 

However as a lot as they obliterated the opposition of their period, they’re in all probability only a contact behind the Australian sides of 1999-2003 who kicked off their threepeat of World Cup trophies. 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 06: (L-R) Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Allan Border and Steve Waugh pose for a photo with the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy during the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup 100 days to go announcement on November 6, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Australia’s 4 World Cup-winning captains Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Allan Border and Steve Waugh. (Photograph by Brett Hemmings/Getty Photographs)

The ultimate showdown: Waugh’s comeback kings vs Ponting’s machine

Australia vs Australia, 4 years aside – who’d win? 

5 gamers backed up from partying at Lord’s in 1999 to be a part of the ultimate celebrations in Johannesburg 4 years later. 

The case for the 2003 aspect is Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist are 4 years older and extra so of their prime. 

They didn’t lose a sport and needed to overcome loads of drama earlier than the match began with Shane Warne suspended for utilizing a banned diuretic, which he claimed was for weight reduction however drug testers suspected was a part of a speedy restoration from shoulder surgical procedure. 

Andrew Symonds got here of age, Ponting blazed the most effective centuries in historical past within the last in opposition to India and the bowling assault had class, selection and efficiency in spades. 

Australia's Shane Warne (right) encourages South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs (left) to leave the field after dismissing him.

Shane Warne celebrates a wicket for Australia on the way in which to conquering South Africa within the 1999 Cricket World Cup semi-final. (Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Photographs)

However though they began their march to victory slowly and will have been eradicated if not for Lance Klusener and Allan Donald’s panicked semi-final single, the Australian 1999 group is the G.O.A.T in the case of World Cup champion sides. 

Waugh was indomitable because the group’s chief, Warne and McGrath had an aura which spooked opposing batters and the group had no weak hyperlinks. 

The back-up bowlers in Paul Reiffel, Damien Fleming and Tom Moody thrived in English situations whereas Mark Waugh, Ponting, Gilchrist and Michael Bevan are among the many finest of their roles that Australia has produced within the ODI format. 

Australia had higher tournaments so far as win-loss data but when our AI overlords ever work out how you can stage a match between all of the World Cup champions, it’s onerous to see the aspect with two Waughs, Ponting, Gilchrist, McGrath, Bevan and Warne ending anyplace however on high. 



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