21st June has a great significance in the cricket calendar as on this day in 1975, the West Indies men’s team won the inaugural ICC World Cup. The Clive Lloyd-led unit won the World Cup after defeating Australia in the summit clash.
West Indies though didn’t start off the proceedings too well. It was Australia who won the toss and invited their counterparts to bat first. Riding on skipper’s Clive Lloyd’s 102-run knock, the Carribeans posted a mammoth 291-run total in the allotted 60 overs. Rohan Kanhai also made a vital contribution, scoring 55 runs off 105 balls. Gary Gilmour was the pick of the bowlers for Australia, who took 5 wickets for 48 runs in 12 overs.
Alan Turner and Ian Chappell made vital contributions in the second innings, scoring 40 and 62. They kept Australia in a strong position. However, three run-outs by Viv Richards turned the tables for the team and soon Australia were bowled out for 274 runs. For West Indies, Keith Boyce starred with the ball, picking 4 wickets. The Carribeans won that game
West Indies won the World Cup final by 17 runs and Clive Lloyd ended up lifting the inaugural World Cup title. Clive Lloyd emerged as the Player of The Match of the historic game for his valiant century.
As of now, 12 editions have been played so far, of which Australia has managed to win the tournament five times-the most by any team.
West Indies has won the revered ICC World Cup twice (1975 and 1979). India has also won the tournament two times, while Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and England all have won the tournament once.