The first ODI Cricket World Cup was played in the year 1975, which was a 60-over format and then later reduced to the current 50-over game from the late 1980s. Those were the times when there were only 2 popular formats in Cricket.
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The ODI format is most popular until the late 2000s. In the year 2005, a new format was introduced with a view of reducing the game time from nearly 8 hours to just 3 hours which is now most popularly known as the T20 format and received overnight attention mostly from young cricket fans. The T20 format took existence in a debated way for its survival with the then cricket lovers favoured mostly the ODI format.
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With the initial satisfactory results observed the ICC decided to conduct the first T20 tournament in the year 2007 and became a great success overnight with the much anticipated India vs Pakistan finals and India winning the Inaugural T20 World Cup in a very close-knit contest. The catch that Sreeshath took of the final ball would arise in the minds of cricket fans whenever the tournament is talked about. When MS Dhoni, the Indian captain receives the cup he told that this tournament will pick up its pace, and no wonder it has become by far the most popular tournament currently and raised questions about other formats of the game, mainly the ODI format. Will the ODI format be still relevant in the modern era? This makes the current ODI world cup very prominent in its own way.
Though until 2007 none of the hosting nations won the Cricket World Cup. India broke this record by winning the memorable 2011 world cup becoming the first host nation to win the Cricket World Cup. It seemed like they have leaked the winning formula to other nations as the trend started by India hasn't ended until now, There were 2 World Cups conducted after that and both were won by the host nations. We have to wait and watch whether this still keeps continued in 2023 as it is being hosted in India, which also looks like the favorite to win the Cup.
There is already a lot of excitement going on in India regarding the world cup as it is mere 3 months away now. The stadiums are being renovated. The hotel prices around the stadium have already skyrocketed. Much curiosity in building upon the India-Pakistan match which would be played in the Worlds largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat for the first time ever.
The other talked about rivalries is Australia vs England, India vs Australia, Pakistan vs Afghanistan, and Afghanistan vs Bangladesh.
West Indies winning the first two ODI world cups in history, failed to qualify for the Worldcup. Who would forget two of the most iconic World cup winning moments for India(1983, 2011). 1992 World Cup campaign for Pakistan. Australia won the hat trick of the World Cups, being the most dominant force in the 2000s.
The just previous world cup final between New Zealand and England was all drama as it led to a tie at the end of the 100 overs and most astonishingly ended in a tie even after the super over. The two teams were just inseparable and gave it all that day in Manchester. England eventually named the winners as per the boundary count, winning the World Cup for the first time ever.
ODI World Cup Winners list:
|2019||England and Wales||England||241-10||New Zealand||241-8||The match tied after regular play and the super over; England won on a boundary count|
|2015||Australia and New Zealand||Australia||186-3||New Zealand||183-10||Australia won by 7 wickets|
|2011||India and Bangladesh||India||277-4||Sri Lanka||274-6||India won by 6 wickets|
|2007||West Indies||Australia||281-4||Sri Lanka||215–8||Australia won by 53 runs|
|2003||South Africa||Australia||359–2||India||234||Australia won by 53 runs|
|1999||England||Australia||133–2||Pakistan||132||Australia won by 8 wickets|
|1996||Pakistan and India||Sri Lanka||245-3||Australia||241||Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets|
|1992||Australia and New Zealand||Pakistan||249–6||England||227-10||Pakistan won by 22 runs|
|1987||India and Pakistan||Australia||253–5||England||246–8||Australia won by 7 runs|
|1983||England||India||183-10||West Indies||140-10||India won by 43 runs|
|1979||England||West Indies||286–9||England||194-10||West Indies won by 92 runs|
|1975||England||West Indies||291–8||Australia||274-10||West Indies won by 17 runs|
The Cricket World Cup is more than just a sporting event. It is a celebration of talent, teamwork, and cultural diversity. From its humble beginnings to becoming one of the most-watched sporting events globally, the Cricket World Cup continues to captivate audiences and bring people together. Whether you are a die-hard cricket fan or new to the sport, witnessing the unforgettable moments and narratives that unfold during this prestigious tournament is an experience like no other. Though the sport is going nowhere, let's hope, the question of ODI formats survival finds a reverberant answer with the exuberant success of the 2023 ODI Cricket World.