India’s best & worst at World Cup


New Delhi, Across the eleven editions of the World Cup from 1975 to 1999, India’s journey has seen both highs and lows. Here’s a look back at some of the moments etched in the mind of every Indian cricket lover.

Best Moments:

In 1975, Bishan Singh Bedi bowled the tightest spell ever: 12-8-6-1 against East Africa.

In a group game in 1983 World Cup, Yashpal Sharma’s 89 fired India to a victory over the invincible West Indies

Kapil Dev’s unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe is the stuff of legends, but it was his running catch of Viv Richards that turned the 1983 final in India’s favour.

Pacer Chetan Sharma became India’s first and only bowler to take hat-trick when he clean-bowled New Zealand’s Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield at Nagpur in 1987.

Gautam Gambhir’s crucial 97 laid the foundation of India’s victory in the 2011 final.

Shikhar Dhawan’s stunning 137 helped India thrash South Africa in 2015 for the first time in World Cup.

Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan’s Javed Miandad, has appeared in six World Cups, which is the most by any player.

Worst Moments:

Sunil Gavaskar made 36 in 174 balls and was not out in 60 overs against England in 1975.

India’s five-wicket defeat against Bangladesh led to an unceremonious exit in 2007.

India’s batting average in all World Cup games (from 1975) is 32.6, and bowling average is 29.0.