Cricket World Cup 1975: Back in 1975, the cricketing world was just getting accustomed to the one-day international format, with only 18 international matches played in this format before the inaugural Cricket World Cup took place in England. Many viewed this as a bold and innovative step at the time, not fully grasping the immense significance this quadrennial tournament would come to hold in the history of the sport.
Cricket World Cup 1975 Teams
Eight teams, including non-Test playing sides East Africa and Sri Lanka, competed in this groundbreaking event. Among them, host nation England proved themselves as the standout team in Group A, clinching victory in all of their matches. Group A also featured New Zealand, India, and East Africa.
During the tournament, England’s Dennis Amiss made history by scoring the first century, amassing an impressive 137 runs against India. Interestingly, Sunil Gavaskar of India played an unusual innings, seemingly opting to play for a draw as he carried his bat through the innings, finishing unbeaten on 36—a move that raised many eyebrows and remains one of the most peculiar ODI innings ever recorded. With East Africa struggling to secure a win against any of the other teams, New Zealand advanced to the semifinals alongside the hosts after defeating India.
Over in Group B, the favourites, West Indies, displayed their prowess by winning all of their matches, though they had a close call against the spirited Pakistanis. Australia secured a place in the semis by defeating Pakistan in a high-stakes encounter.
World Cup 1975 SemiFinal and Finals
The first semifinal played at a challenging Headingley pitch, witnessed Australian pacer Gary Gilmour’s sensational performance, decimating the English batting line-up as the hosts were dismissed for a mere 93 runs. Gilmour finished with incredible figures of 6/14. Remarkably, with Australia struggling at 39/6, Gilmour’s all-round excellence shone through as he steered his team to victory with an unbeaten 28 runs off as many balls.
In the second semifinal, held at The Oval, New Zealand found themselves batting first against the formidable West Indies. Despite a promising start to their innings, the Kiwis crumbled, posting a final score of 158. Alvin Kallicharan’s 72 and Gordon Greenidge’s 55 propelled the West Indies to a comfortable victory, securing their spot in the final.
The grand finale at Lord’s saw West Indies’ captain, Clive Lloyd, leading by example as he tore into the Australian bowling attack, amassing an impressive 102 runs from just 85 balls. This stellar performance helped his team reach a formidable total of 291/8 in their allotted 60 overs—a score that would ultimately secure them victory in the inaugural Cricket World Cup.
Cricket World Cup 1975 Final Points Table
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