The ICC Cricket World Cup is held in every 4 years. It commenced in the year 1975 and earlier it was called as Prudential Cup. So far, 10 World Cups were being held and we are nearly over 6 months away for the 11th World Cup. In the 10 World Cups, Australia were crowned as the champions for 4 times. India and West Indies are poised at second position with 2 World Cup wins each. The remaining 2 of the World Cups were won by Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively. Now let us explore the World Cup winning squads since 1975.
West Indies (1975): The West Indies team, led by the marvellous captain, Clive Lloyd were victorious in the first ever World Cup being played. They defeated Australia in the final by a margin of 17 runs to seal their name as the champions of the first ever World Cup. West Indies were a sort of unbeatable side at that time and there were gigantic strengths in the team in the form of Sir Viv Richards, Sir Andy Roberts and others. Here is their squad for the Prudential World Cup:
Clive Lloyd(Captain), Keith Boyce, Roy Freidricks, Lance Gibbs, Gordon Greenidge, Vanburn Holder, Bernard Julien, Alvin Kallicharran, Rohan Kanhai, Deryck Murray, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Andy Roberts.
West Indies (1979): It was the era of domination of the Caribbean men in the international cricket. They clinched the World Cup for the second consecutive time and Lloyd’s men were a sort of unbeatable. This time, West Indies defeated England in the final by a margin of 92 runs. Here is their squad.
Clive Lloyd(Captain), Gordon Greenidge, Alvin Kallicharran, Deryck Murray, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Andy Roberts, Colin Croft, Joel Garner, Desmond Haynes, Michael Holding, Collis King, Larry Gomes, Faoud Bacchus, Malcolm Marshall.
India (1983): It was for the first time when India overpowered the Caribbean men and clinched their maiden World Cup win. This World Cup win was the nucleus for the Cricket Revolution in India. Indian team was led by Kapil Dev and they defeated the mighty West Indies in the final by 43 runs. Here is the squad list:
Kapil Dev(captain), Sunil Gavaskar, Roger Binny, Mohinder Amarnath, Krismachari Srikkanth, Syed Kirmani, Yashpal Sharma, Kirti Azad, Sandip Patil, Madan Lal, Balwinder Sandhu, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Valson, Dilip Vengsarkar.
Australia (1987): It was for the first time that the Cricket World Cup was held outside the English soils and this World Cup marked the beginning of Australians rule over the game. The Aussies defeated England in the World Cup final by 7 runs. Here is their squad:
Allan Border(captain), David Boon, Greg Dyer, Dean Jones, Geoff Marsh, Tim May, Craig McDermott, Tom Moody, Simon O’ Donnell, Bruce Reid, Peter Taylor, Mike Veletta, Steve Waugh, Andrew Zesers.
Imran Khan(captain), Wasim Akram, Aamir Sohail, Rameez Raja, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Aaqib Javed, Ijaz Ahmed, Iqbal Sikander, Javed Miandad, Moin Khan, Saleem Malik, Wasim Haider, Zahid Fazal, Mushtaq Ahmed.
Sri Lanka (1996): It was for the first time when Sri Lanka, under the leadership of Arjuna Ranatunga clinched the World Cup title for the first time. They defeated Australia in the final by 7 wickets. Here is the squad:
Arjuna Ranatunga (c), Aravinda de Silva (vc), Upul Chandana, Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Dharmasena, Asanka Gurusinha, Romesh Kaluwitharana (wk), Sanath Jayasuriya, Roshan Mahanama, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ravindra Pushpakumara, Hashan Tillakaratne, Chaminda Vaas, Pramodya Wickramasinghe.
Australia (1999): This was one of the most thrilling World Cups and there were beautiful matches witnessed and it was the Australians under the leadership of Steve Waugh who were victorious. They defeated Pakistan in the final by 8 wickets. Here is their squad:
Steve Waugh (c), Michael Bevan, Damien Fleming, Paul Reiffel, Shane Warne, Mark Waugh, Shane Lee, Brendon Julian, Tom Moody, Darren Lehmann, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Adam Dale, Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn.
Australia (2003): The mighty Aussies were getting unbeatable by that time and they dominantly won the 2003 World Cup without losing a single game. In the final, they thrashed India by 134 runs. Here is their squad:
Ricky Ponting(captain), Shane Warne, Nathan Hauritz, Nathan Bracken, Michael Bevan, Mathew Hayden, Jimmy Maher, Jason Gillispie, Ian Harvey, Glenn McGrath, Darren Lehmann, Damien Martyn, Brett Lee, Brad Hogg, Andy Bichel, Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist(wk).
Australia (2007): For yet another time, the Aussies were crowned as the champions. They made a hat-trick of World Cup wins and yet again they won the World Cup by being unbeaten. They defeated Sri Lanka in the final by 53 runs. Here is their squad list:
Ricky Ponting(captain), Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark, Adam Gilchrist(wk), Mathew Hayden, Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Michael Clarke, Glenn McGrath, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Hussey.
India (2011): The men in blue clinched their first World Cup in 28 years under the leadership of MS Dhoni. 2nd April, 2011 still remains afresh in our memories and it was perhaps the proudest day of the country’s cricket. India thrashed Sri Lanka in the final by 6 wickets. Here is the Indian squad:
MS Dhoni (captain and wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, S. Sreesanth, Ashish Nehra, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Ravichandran Ashwin, Munaf Patel.