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Every four years the 10 of the best cricketing nations meet for six weeks of fascinating 50-over cricket featuring the best players from around the world. In 2023, India will independently host the World Cup for the first time in the tournament’s history after partially hosting editions in 1987, 1996 and 2011.

The first ever Cricket World Cup took place in England in 1975, as eight teams donned their whites and did battle with the red ball to decide the tournament’s inaugural winner. The West Indies were the side to lift the trophy, beating Australia by 17 runs in the final.

The following editions of the tournament saw expansion and innovation turn the Cricket World Cup into a global extravaganza of cricket with non-Test playing nations included in 1979, a tournament outside of England in 1987 and the introduction of coloured clothing, white balls and day/night matches in 1992.

In the modern age, the Cricket World Cup is the most sought-after trophy amongst professionals with the battle for the trophy not only fiercely contested but also wildly unpredictable with the tournament having crowned six different champions during its time. Home advantage has become ever-more important in the competition, with England’s victory in 2019 the third time a host nation has lifted the title, including India in 2011. With India hosting in 2023, a bet on them to win their third World Cup would be a sensible option in our opinion.

Alongside the trophy being up for grabs, plenty of individual awards are handed out at each tournament including Man of the Tournament, Top Run Scorer (Golden Bat) and Most Wickets (Golden Ball). The likes of Sachin Tendulkar (2003), Glenn McGrath (2007) and Yuvraj Singh (2011) have all won the Man of the Tournament awards. Our opinion is that on home soil an Indian player is the most likely and who better to guide the hosts to victory than captain Virat Kohli.

Only one player has ever won the Golden Bat twice – Sachin Tendulkar in 1996 and 2003 – though on just two occasions has the winning team also provided the player who has won the Golden Bat (Gordon Greenidge in 1979 and Matthew Hayden in 2007). When it comes to the Golden Ball, Australia have provided the most winners with five, while four World Cups have seen the award shared. After his stellar performance at the 2019 World Cup, we are predicting Indian opener Rohit Sharma to win the Golden Bat once again, with Jasprit Bumrah winning the Golden Ball after the specialist white-ball bowler took 18 wickets in just nine matches in England.

Another noteworthy award is Man of the Match in the Final, an award you can bet on here. Man of the Tournament awards did not exist until 1992 but Man of the Match Awards have always been present throughout the World Cup’s history. To date, six nations have provided the Man of the Match in the Final including Mohinder Amarnath (1983) and MS Dhoni (2011) for India, while Australia’s Shane Warne, Ricky ponting and Adam Gilchrist won the award for 1999, 2003, and 2007 respectively. In 2019 the accolade went to Ben Stokes whose 84 not out earned England their first title.

The tournament is one of the world’s most-watched sporting events with the 2011 final won by India drawing in television viewing figures of over 2.2 billion while the 2015 World Cup sold a record 1.1 million tickets.


The top eight Test playing nations are automatically entered into the main tournament along with the hosts with the final two spots decided through a qualification tournament. Qualification involves 10 teams split into two groups of five teams and meeting in a round-robin tournament. The top three from each group go on to the Super Sixes where the teams again meet in a round-robin tournament with the two teams who top the table going on to join the other eight nations in the main tournament.

Tournament Format

The tournament format has evolved over the years, with the early editions seeing the teams split into two groups before the top two advance to a knockout stage. For the 1999 and 2003 World Cups, the teams were again split into two pools but this time the top three from each group advanced to the Super 6 where the six teams met the other three teams that qualified from the other group to decide who the semi-finalists and finalists would be. From 2007 to 2015, 14 teams competed for the trophy and were split into two groups of seven with the top two from each qualifying for the semi-finals.

For the 2019 World Cup, the tournament was reduced to 10 teams and for the first time in its history every team played each other in a round-robin format with the top four competing in the semi-finals.

The Teams


Five-time winners and the most decorated nation in Cricket World Cup history, Australia are always a dangerous side in the 50-over game. Not since 1992 have Australia failed to reach the knockout stages.


Hosts of the first three World Cup tournaments and first-time winners on home soil in 2019. The number one ODI team in the world are always a threat in this format with their squad possessing some of the best white-ball players in the world.


Hosts of the 2023 World Cup and one of just three teams to lift the World Cup on more than one occasion. India have reached the semi-final two tournaments in a row and on home soil will be favourites to come out on top in 2023.

New Zealand

Came so close to winning for the first time in 2019, losing agonisingly to England in the final. The Blackcaps have been semi-finalists on no fewer than eight occasions and will be hoping to go one better than finishing as runners-up as they have in 2015 and 2019.


An inconsistent side but always a threat, Pakistan’s one World Cup win came back in 1992 but they did reach the final in 1999 and were semi-finalists in 2011. The conditions will suit them and they possess a squad always capable of going far.

South Africa

Yet to win a Cricket World Cup in any format but have been semi-finalists on four occasions, the last time being in 2015. With the likes of Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada in their ranks, they are guaranteed to challenge the top teams.

Sri Lanka

1996 winners when co-hosting the tournament, Sri Lanka will fancy their chances in familiar conditions in 2023, especially after almost repeating their winning performance on home soil again in 2011 where they came up short in the final against India.

West Indies

Winners of the first two World Cups and semi-finalists in 1996 but not much to show since then. The West Indies do have form in India though having won the World T20 in dramatic fashion in 2016 and always enjoy playing up to their underdog status.

ODI World Cup Records

Team Records

Most World Cup Matches won – Australia 69
Highest Win Percentage – 74.73% (Australia)
Greatest Winning Margin – 275 runs (Australia 417-6 v Afghanistan 142/10, 2015)
Lowest Winning Margin – Boundary Count (England 241/10 v New Zealand 241/8, 2019)
Highest Innings Total – 417-6 (Australia v Afghanistan, 2015)
Lowest Innings Total – 36/10 (Canada v Sri Lanka, 2003)
Highest Run Chase – 329/7 (Ireland v England, 2011)
Most Consecutive Wins – 27 (Australia 1999-2011)

Batting Records

Most Career Runs – 2,278 (Sachin Tendulkar, India)
Highest Individual Score – 237* (Martin Guptill, New Zealand)
Highest Average – 124.00 (Lance Klusener, South Africa)
Highest Strike Rate – 169.25 (Glenn Maxwell, Australia)
Most Centuries – 6 (Rohit Sharma & Sachin Tendulkar, India)
Most 50+ Scores – 21 (Sachin Tendulkar, India)
Most Centuries in One Tournament – 5 (Rohit Sharma, India, 2019)
Most 50+ Scores in One Tournament – 7 (Sachin Tendulkar, India, 2003 & Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh, 2019)
Most Runs in a Tournament – 674 (Sachin Tendulkar, India, 2003)
Most Sixes in a Tournament – 26 (Chris Gayle, West Indies, 2015)
Most Fours in a Tournament – 75 (Sachin Tendulkar, India, 2003)

Fastest Double Century – Chris Gayle (138 Balls) v Zimbabwe, 2015
Fastest Century – Kevin O’Brien (50 Balls) v England, 2011
Fastest Fifty – Brendon McCullum (18 Balls) v England, 2015
Highest Partnership – 372 (Chris Gayle & Marlon Samuels, West Indies, 2015)

Bowling Records

Most Career Wickets – 71 (Glenn McGrath, Australia)
Best Bowling Figures – 7/15 (Glenn McGrath v Namibia, 2003)
Best Average – 14.81 (Mitchell Starc, Australia)
Best Strike Rate – 18.6 (Mohammed Shami, India)
Best Economy Rate – 3.24 (Andy Roberts, West Indies)

Most 5-wicket Hauls – 3 (Mitchell Starc, Australia)
Most Wickets in Consecutive Balls – 4 (Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka)
Most Wickets in a Tournament – 27 (Mitchell Starc, Australia)

Fielding Records

Most Dismissals (wicketkeeper) – 54 (Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka)
Most Catches (Fielder) – 28 (Ricky Ponting, Australia)
Most Dismissals in One Tournament – 21 (Adam Gilchrist, Australia, 2003)
Most Catches in One Tournament – 13 (Joe Root, England, 2019)

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