The first-ever Cricket World Cup was won by the West Indies. The inaugural tournament took place in 1975, hosted by England. The West Indies emerged victorious, displaying their dominance and skill throughout the competition.
The 1975 Cricket World Cup featured eight teams: England, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and East Africa. The teams competed in a round-robin format, followed by the knockout stage.
In the final, held at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on June 21, 1975, the West Indies faced Australia. The West Indies won the toss and elected to field first. Australia, batting first, posted a respectable total of 274 for 7 in their allotted 60 overs. Captain Ian Chappell top-scored with 62 runs, while Ross Edwards contributed 58 runs.
In response, the West Indies displayed a strong batting performance. The opening pair of Gordon Greenidge and Roy Fredericks got their team off to a flying start. Despite a few wickets falling, captain Clive Lloyd played a remarkable innings, scoring an unbeaten century. His knock of 102 off 85 balls, including 12 fours and 2 sixes, guided the West Indies to victory. Vivian Richards also played a crucial role, scoring 25 not out, as the West Indies reached the target with eight balls to spare and lifted the trophy.
The West Indies' win in the inaugural Cricket World Cup marked the beginning of their dominance in the limited-overs format. They went on to win the next edition as well, held in 1979 in England, solidifying their reputation as a formidable team.
The victory of the West Indies in the first-ever Cricket World Cup was a historic moment for the Caribbean cricketing community and set the stage for future triumphs in the tournament. It was a significant achievement that showcased the talent and prowess of the West Indies cricket team.