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ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 - Title Clashes

Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 22:23 [IST]
 
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2007: Waugh's true grit sees Aussies home
Formerly known as the Karnataka State Cricket Association Stadium and then renamed after a former board president, the stadium has a seating capacity of close to 50,000 along with floodlights and several modern amenities. It is the home ground of the Karnataka Ranji Trophy team as well as the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The venue will host the 15th World Cup day-night match between Group B teams...

2003: Australian juggernaut rolls on
The 2003 World Cup was not only about Australia's triumph over adversity, but also about a drug-ban, boycotts, protests and some prominent cricketers' farewell. Australia suffered a setback even before the show had begun when champion leg-spinner Shane Warne was ruled out of the tournament after failing a drug test. He was not to play for his team in one-day cricket thereafter. Such was the depth of Ricky Ponting's side that they managed...

1999: Waugh's true grit sees Aussies home
Steve Waugh's Australians held their nerve to lift the 1999 World Cup in England, while South Africa continued to grapple with their fate. South Africa were eliminated in the 1992 Cup semi-final because of a 'rain rule' that had reduced their target to an absurd 21 runs off one delivery against England. In 1999, South Africa failed to qualify for the final despite not losing their semi-final against Australia - they tied their epic semi-final before bowing...

1996: Sri Lanka have the last laugh
Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga with the 1996 World Cup. The 1996 World Cup tournament will be remembered as much for Sri Lanka's triumph with bold and innovative batting tactics as with riots, boycotts and an unsatisfactory format. The 1996 World Cup tournament will be remembered as much for Sri Lanka's triumph with bold and innovative batting tactics as with riots, boycotts and an unsatisfactory format. Arjuna...

1992: Imran's tigers roar to title
If it were possible to score 21 off one ball, South Africa would have contested the 1992 World Cup final on their maiden appearance in the event after more than two decades of isolation due to apartheid. The tournament was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand and had all the trappings of a modern event -- coloured clothing, floodlights, white balls and black sightscreens. But Kepler Wessels's South Africans were not amused...

1987: Australia conquer the sub-continent
When the World Cup moved out of England to the sub-continent in 1987, Australia were certainly not the favourites to win it in front of 70,000 spectators at the Eden Gardens in Calcutta. The unthinkable happened when Allan Border's young side pulled off a stunning seven-run victory over Mike Gatting's Englishmen in the final to begin what later developed into a glorious "Australian run". The tournament tested the organisational skills...

1983: Kapil's Devils steal Lloyd's thunder
West Indies captain Clive Lloyd was poised to lay his hands on the 1983 World Cup for the third time, only to see Kapil's "Devils" from India snatch it away in one of the biggest upsets. The West Indies were the overwhelming favourites having won the event twice, while India were the rank outsiders having won just one match -- against a lowly East Africa in 1975 -- in the previous two tournaments. West Indies fast bowler Malcolm Marshall...

1979: It's West Indies again in 1979
Australian television tycoon Kerry Packer rocked the cricket establishment by luring top players to his World Series Cricket (WSC) in 1977 and the tremors were felt in the 1979 World Cup in England. Runners-up Australia looked a pale shadow of their former selves as their Packer players were not considered for the tournament. A depleted side, led by Kim Hughes, expectedly failed to qualify for the semi-finals. The West Indies adopted...

1975: West Indies assert early supremacy
The inaugural 1975 World Cup in England was virtually unrecognisable by modern standards, for it was not all about glamour and slam-bang batting now associated with one-day cricket. The game was traditional as players had not discarded whites for coloured clothing and money was scarce. Fielding restrictions were non-existent, and wides and short-pitched balls were not so firmly enforced. Legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar...

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