ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1975 | History, Teams, Winner

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History of ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1975

The premier competition of cricket, the ODI World Cup dates back to the year 1975. It was the first edition of the Cricket World Cup, also known as Prudential World Cup 1975.

From the 7th to the 21st of June, eight teams locked horns in the inaugural tournament.

Venues / Stadiums

Mens Cricket World Cup 1975 was hosted by England at six different venues which included Lord’s and The Oval in London, Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Old Trafford in Manchester, Headingley in Leeds & Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Teams and Format

Eight teams participated in the inaugural edition which included hosts England, favorites West Indies, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, India & the two associates Sri Lanka and East Africa.

These teams were divided into 2 groups, the hosts England had India, New Zealand, and East Africa in their group while the other group had eventual finalists West Indies & Australia and two Asian sides Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Each team played a match against the other teams in the group, the group stage was followed by the semi-finals and the final.

White clothing was used by the teams and each inning of the match consisted of 60 overs.

Highlights of ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1975 Matches

Let’s get started with the pick of matches you would love to know about:

Group Stage

The World Cup started with one of the most bizarre innings of all time when Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar took 174 balls to score 36 in a run-chase against England. This inning resulted in a comfortable win for England who topped the group by winning their remaining two games as well.

The first world cup hundred was scored in the abovementioned game by Dennis Amiss of England. East Africa lost to both India and New Zealand, so, the India-New Zealand game became a shootout in which the kiwi skipper Glenn Turner scored a hundred & New Zealand made it to the semis.

In the other group, Sri Lanka fought bravely against Australia but eventually lost the game, Pakistan and West Indies also won their games against the Islanders.

Out of all ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1975 matches; one of the most thrilling matches of the competition was played in the group between Pakistan and West Indies. The last-wicket stand between Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

West Indies topped the group with 3 wins, the other team to qualify from the group was Australia. No Asian side qualified for the semis, the only such instance in an ODI World Cup.

Semi Final

The semi-final between arch-rivals Australia and England at Headingley resulted in a low-scoring encounter where a six-wicket haul by Gary Gilmour restricted England to a mere 93.

England reduced Australia to 39 for 6 in the run-chase but it was Gilmour’s day who sealed the win for the Aussies with the bat. West Indies easily beat New Zealand in the other semi-final at The Oval.


The home of cricket Lord’s hosted the final on the 21st of June between the two best sides of the tournament, Clive Lloyd led West Indies & Australia captained by Ian Chappell.

West Indies were put into bat by Ian Chappell and lost key wickets regularly but skipper Clive Lloyd struck a brilliant hundred for his side, the veteran Rohan Kanhai scored a half-century and Keith Boyce played a cameo at the end as West Indies finished with 291.

No Australian batsman was able to play big innings, Viv Richards in the field affected three run-outs out of five and the Aussies fell short by 17 runs at the end.

Clive Lloyd’s hundred and athletic fielding particularly by Viv Richards proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Clive Lloyd earned player of the final match because of his all-round performance where he scored a brilliant 102 (85) and took 1 wicket for 38 runs.

West Indies become the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1975 winners because of so many strong reasons. Clive Lloyd lifted the cup and West Indies were crowned as the inaugural world champions of cricket.

Glenn Turner of New Zealand was the leading run-scorer of the tournament while Gary Gilmour of Australia was the leading wicket-taker.

ODI Cricket World Cup 1975 | Final Match Highlights | Australia vs West Indies

Records & Statistics | Top Performers | ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1975

The following are the records / statistics of the teams & players who were among the top performers of the World Cup ’75:

Team Records

  • England 334 for 4 in 60 overs against India in Lords Cricket Stadium recorded highest team total, most by a team in a single match.
  • Australia vs Sri Lanka contest witnessed most runs (604) scored in the any match of ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1975.
  • Victory by Runs: England beat India by 202 runs at Lords.
  • Victory by wickets: India beaten West Africa by 10 wickets with 181 balls remaining (in just 29.5 overs) at Leeds.
  • Most number extras in an innings: West Indian bowlers gave 26 extras  (1 bye, 15 leg byes, 4 wides, 6 no balls) against Pakistan who managed to score 266 for 7 in 60 overs at Birmingham.

Batting Records

In an Innings:

  • Individual Innings: GM Turner (NZ) scored an unbeaten knock of 171 (201) against East Africa at Birmingham.
  • Highest Strike Rate in an Innings: CM Old (ENG) scored 51 runs in just 30 balls at a strike rate of 170 against India.
  • Most 6s in an innings: CM Old (ENG), GM Turner (NZ), FC Hayes (ENG), and CH Lloyd (WI) hammered 2 sixes each in their respective innings.
  • Partnership: The 1st wicket partnership of 182 runs between Australia Batters ‘RB McCosker, A Turner’ against Sri Lanka at The Oval.

In the Tournament:

  • Most Runs: GM Turner (NZ) scored 333 runs in 4 matches with 2 not out innings.
  • Best Average: GM Turner (NZ) scored 333 runs with an average of 166.5
  • Highest Strike Rate: The Strike Rate of English batsman CM Old i.e. 136.92, was on the higher side
  • Most Tons: GM Turner (NZ) scored 2 hundred plus scores in the tournament.
  • Most Fifty Plus Scores: Majid Khan of Pakistan scored 3 fifties in all of the 3 games he played.
  • Most Ducks: Harilal Shah of East Africa got out on duck twice in the tournament, the most by any batter in at ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1975.
  • Most Sixes: CM Old (ENG) struck 3 Sixes in 4 matches.

Bowling Records

In an Innings:

  • GJ Gilmour (Australia) took 6 wickets for just 14 runs in his 12 overs against England at Leeds.
  • Both, GJ Gilmour (AUS) and BD Julien (WI) took 4 or more wickets twice, In fact, Gilmour took 5 wicket-haul in both of his matches he played.
  • BS Bedi from India bowled the most economical spell with bowling figures of 12-8-6-1 against East Africa at Leeds.

In the Tournament:

  • GJ Gilmour (AUS) took 11 wickets in 2 games at a strike rate of just 13, the best among others.
  • Karsan Ghavri of India bowled 11 overs and leaked 83 runs; conceded the most runs in an innings.
  • English bowler Gary Gilmour took 11 wickets in just 2 matches, the highest wicket taker of the tournament.
  • Gary Gilmour (Eng) with 5.63 averages best among the bowlers.
  • Barry Wood of England bowled 12 overs with 5 maidens and conceded just 15 runs with an economy of just 1.16.

Fielding Records

  • Australian Wicket Keeper Rod Marsh dismissed 10 batters in 5 games where he took 9 catches & stumped once.
  • West Indian Wicket Keeper Deryck Murray with 4 dismissals (all caught behind) recorded most dismissals in an innings.
  • Clive Lloyd of West Indies took 4 catches in the event and he also took 3 catches in a single match, both records goes to him.

FAQs related to One Day CWC 1975

Who won ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1975?

West Indies won the very first World Cup Cricket Tournament in a very dominating style.

Who scored most runs in 1975 World Cup?

Glenn Turner (NZ) scored 333 runs, Dennis Amiss (ENG) with 243 and Maid Khan (Pak) were among the top runs scorers.

Who took most wickets in ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 1975?

Gary Gilmour of Australia took 11 wickets in just 2 matches he played, Bernard Julien and Keith Boyce of West Indies took 10 wickets each in 5 games.