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Tuesday, 15 March 2011


1. The ICC Cricket World Cup is held in every?
Four Years.

2. The first Cricket World Cup contest was organised in?
England in 1975.
The 1975 tournament started on June 7

3. Which country has won the World Cup Cricket title most number of times?
Australia. 4 times.
The West Indies have won twice, while India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka have each won once.

4. The 2011 Cricket World Cup is co hosted by?
Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka. There are 14 countries that are participating in World Cup 2011.

5. First World Cup Cricket (held in 1975) officially known as?
Prudential Cup.
The sponsor of that tournament was Prudential plc, a global financial services company headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

6. How many teams participated in the first World Cup Cricket?
Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and the West Indies (the six Test nations at the time), together with Sri Lanka and a composite team from East Africa

7. Which country won the first World Cup Cricket tournament held in England in 1975?
West Indies.
They defeated Australia by 17 runs in the final at Lord's.

8. Fielding circle 30 yards (27 m) away from the stumps is first introduced in which world cup?
1983 World cup
Four fieldsmen needed to be inside this fielding circle at all times.

9. In which World Cup, the matches were reduced from 60 to 50 overs per innings?
Reliance World Cup, 1987.
It was held in India and Pakistan. Because of the shorter daylight hours in the Indian subcontinent compared with England's summer, the overs were reduced to 50.

10. In which World Cup, coloured clothing, white balls, day/night matches, and an alteration to the fielding restrictions were introduced for the first time?
The 1992 World Cup, held in Australia and New Zealand.

11. South African cricket team participated in the World Cup event for the first time in?
1992 World Cup

12. In the semi-final against India in the 1996 World Cup, an Asian country was awarded victory by default after riots broke out in protest against the Indian performance. Which is that country?
Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, heading towards a crushing victory over India at Eden Gardens (Calcutta) after their hosts lost eight wickets while scoring 120 runs in pursuit of 254.

13. India has won just one match in 1975 & 1979 world cups. They registered that victory against which country?
East Africa

14. Which countries hosted the 2003 World Cup?
South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

15. Approximate weight and Height of World Cup Trophy is?
11 Kg Weight, 60 cm Height.
The trophy has a golden ball placed above three silver stumps.


1975 World Cup held in England:
Winner-West Indies. (Captain -Clive Lloyd.)
Runner-up: Australia (Captain-Ian Chappell)
Result: WI won by 17 runs. West Indies 291/8 (60 overs), Australia 274 all out (58.4 overs).
Man of the Match: Clive Lloyd (West Indies) (102 from 85 balls, 12 fours, 2 sixes).
Man of the Tournament: None awarded.

1979 World Cup held in England:
Winner-West Indies. (Captain -Clive Lloyd.)
Runner-up: England (Captain-John Brearley)
Result: WI won by 92 runs. West Indies 286/9 (60 overs), England 194 all out (51 overs).
Man of the Match: Viv Richards (West Indies) (138 Runs)
Man of the Tournament: None awarded.

1983 World Cup held in England:
Winner-India. (Captain –Kapil Dev.)
Runner-up: West Indies (Captain -Clive Lloyd)
Result: India won by 43 runs. India 183 all out (54.4 overs), West Indies 140 all out (52 overs).
Man of the Match: Mohinder Amarnath (India) (3/12 and 26 runs)
Man of the Tournament: None awarded.

1987 World Cup held in India, Pakistan:
Winner-Australia. (Captain –Alan Border.)
Runner-up: England (Captain -Michael Gatting)
Result: Australia won by 7 runs. Australia 253/5 (50 overs), England 246/8 (50 overs)
Man of the Match: David Boon (Australia) (75 runs)
Man of the Tournament: None awarded.

1992 World Cup held in Australia, New Zealand:
Winner-Pakistan. (Captain –Imran Khan.)
Runner-up: England (Captain -Alec Stewart)
Result: Pakistan won by 22 runs. Pakistan 249/6 (50 overs), England 227 all out (49.2 overs)
Man of the Match: Wasim Akram (Pakistan) (33 and 3/49)
Man of the Tournament: Martin Crowe (New Zealand), 456 runs.

1996 World Cup held in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka:
Winner-Sri Lanka. (Captain –Arjuna Ranatunga.)
Runner-up: Australia (Captain -Mark Taylor)
Result: Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets. Sri Lanka 245/3 (46.2 overs), Australia 241/7 (50 overs)
Man of the Match: Aravinda de Silva (Sri Lanka) (107* and 3/42)
Man of the Tournament: Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka), 221 runs and 7 wickets.

1999 World Cup held in England, Wales, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland:
Winner-Australia. (Captain –Steve Waugh.)
Runner-up: Pakistan (Captain –Wasim Akram)
Result: Aus won by 8 wickets. Australia 133/2 (20.1 overs), Pakistan 132 all out (39 overs)
Man of the Match: Shane Warne (Australia) (4/33)
Man of the Tournament: Lance Klusener (South Africa), 281 runs and 17 wickets.

2003 World Cup held in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe:
Winner-Australia. (Captain –Ricky Ponting.)
Runner-up: India (Captain –Sourav Ganguly)
Result: Aus won by 125 runs. Australia 359/2 (50 overs), India 234 all out (39.2 overs)
Man of the Match: Ricky Ponting (Australia) (140*)
Man of the Tournament: Sachin Tendulkar (India), 673 runs and 2 wickets.)
2007 World Cup held in West Indies:
Winner-Australia. (Captain –Ricky Ponting.)
Runner-up: Sri Lanka (Captain –Mahela Jayawardene)
Result: Aus won by 53 runs. Australia 281/4 (38 overs), Sri Lanka 215/8 (36 overs)
Man of the Match: Adam Gilchrist (Australia) (149)
Man of the Tournament: Glenn McGrath (Australia), 26wickets.)

17. How many matches resulted in tie in the history of World Cup?
The first was in the 1999 Cricket World Cup semi-final, in which a run out in the final over with only one run required prevented South Africa advancing to the final instead of Australia, who progressed on head-to-head record against South Africa. The second tied match, in the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, was a case in which the Duckworth-Lewis method caused a South African loss against Sri Lanka. The third tie happened in a group match between Ireland and Zimbabwe at Kingston in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. The fourth tie happened in a group match between India and England at Bangalore in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

18. Which country made the highest team total in a World Cup?
In the 19th match of the 2007 World Cup, India scored 413 runs against Bermuda (a run rate of 8.26).

19. Who hit the fastest century of World Cup?
Kevin O’Brien (Ireland).
He holds the world record for the fastest ever century scored at a World Cup, coming from 50 balls against England on 2 March 2011.

20. Who hit the fastest fifty of World Cup?
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
He holds the world record for the fastest ever fifty scored at a World Cup, coming from 20 balls against Canada in 2007 World Cup.

21. Who holds the record of hitting most number of centuries in World Cup?

Sachin Tendulkar (India).
Six Centuries.
He also holds the record of most 50 plus runs (17 times).

22. Who hit maximum number of Sixes in World Cup?
Ricky Ponting, Australia (30 Sixes).

23. Who is the only batsman to score three consecutive centuries in a world cup?
Mark Waugh (Australia)

24. Who hit the first century of World Cup Cricket?

Dennis Amiss (England).
He scored 137 runs against India in the first match of the World Cup played at England on 7 June 1975.

25. Who holds the record for the highest World Cup score?
Gary Kirsten (South Africa). He scored 187 not out against the United Arab Emirates during the 1996 World Cup. He was the first Test batsman to make hundreds against each of the other 9 Test nations.

26. Who holds the record of scoring most runs through boundaries in an innings in World Cup?
Sourav Ganguly (India).
In his 183 against Sri Lanka in 1999 World cup, he hit 17 fours and seven sixes during that knock– thus amassing 110 runs from the boundaries alone which remains a record for most runs through boundaries in the World Cup.

27. Who became the first Indian to score a century in a World Cup debut match?
Virat Kohli.
He became the first Indian to score a century in a World Cup debut match as he hit an unbeaten 100 against Bangladesh in 2011 World Cup.

28. First Indian batsman to score four consecutive fifties in a world cup?
Navjot Singh Sidhu

29. Who holds the record of 318 runs partnership for the second wicket which remains the only 300 plus partnership in World Cup?
Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.
Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid of India registered 183 and 145 respectively against Sri Lanka, setting 318 runs partnership for the second wicket.

30. Who is the only person to score a century among all the World Cup encounters between India and Pakistan till 2011?
Saeed Anwar (101 in the 2003 World Cup)

31. World Cup 2015 will be co hosted by?
Australia and New Zealand.

32. World Cup 2019 will be held in?

33. Name of the only host which won the World Cup tournament?
Sri Lanka.

34. Who was the first player in the history of world cup to win Man of the Match awards in both semi-finals and finals?

Mohinder Amarnath (India) He won the award in 1983 world cup.

35. Which is the only non Test nation to have made it to the semi finals of a World Cup tournament?
Kenya. (2003)

36. "Man of the Tournament" is introduced for the first time in which world cup?
1992 World Cup.
Martin Crowe of New Zealand won the ‘Man of the tournament’ award.

37. Which country made the lowest team total in a World Cup?
In 2003 World Cup, Sri Lanka restricted Canada to just 36 runs.

38. Which bowler holds the record for most wickets in a World Cup tournament?
Glenn McGrath (Australia).
He took 26 wickets in the 2007 World Cup.

39. Which country conceded maximum number of extras in World Cup?
Scotland conceded 59 extras (5 b, 6 lb, 33 w, 15 nb) against Pakistan in 1999 world cup.

40. Who umpired most number of matches in World Cup?
David Shepherd. He umpired 46 matches from 1983-2003 World Cup.

41. Which country made the highest successful run chase in World Cup?
In the match against England in 2011 World Cup, Ireland successfully chased 329 runs.

42. Fielding restrictions were first enforced in which world cup?
1983 world cup

43. Name the only two test nations which never to have made the Semi Finals of World Cup?
Zimbabwe and Bangladesh

44. The prize money for winners of 2011 Cricket World Cup is?
3 million U.S.Dollars.
Runner-up will get 1.5 million U.S.Dollars.

45. Which country holds the record for most consecutive wins in World Cup?
25 wins.

46. Which country holds the record for most consecutive defeats in World Cup?
18 defeats.

47. Who became the first player to take four wickets in four balls at an international level in the 2007 World Cup, against South Africa?
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka).
Chaminda Vaas took four wickets in five balls against Bangladesh in 2003, including wickets with the first three balls of the match.

48. Who was the first bowler to take a hat-trick in a Cricket World Cup?
Chetan Sharma (India).
In the Reliance World Cup in 1987, Sharma took the first hat-trick in the history of tournament when he clean bowled Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield of New Zealand off consecutive balls. The other bowlers who have got hat-trick are Saqlain Mushtaq of Pakistan, Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka and Brett Lee of Australia.

49. Who was the first bowler to take 2 hat-tricks during the Cricket World Cup?
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka).

50. Who holds the records for most dismissals overall, in one tournament and in one match of World Cup?
Adam Gil Christ.
Overall, he dismissed 52 players in World Cup.
In 2003 World (One Tournament) he dismissed 21 players.
In the same world cup, he took six catches and dismissed 6 players of Namibia.

51. Which cricket ground has hosted the most World Cup matches?
Headingley, Leeds (England).
12 matches were played in Leeds.

52. Who has umpired in five finals of World Cup?
Steve Bucknor(West Indies)
He has umpired in five finals, from 1992 to 2007, a record in World Cup history.

53. Name the only cricketer to feature in three losing world cup finals?
Graham Gooch (England). He played for England in 1979, 1987 & 1992 world cups.

54. Who became the oldest player to make a debut in World Cup cricket?
Nolan Clarke (Netherlands).
He was 47 years, 257 days while playing in 1996 World cup.

55. Who became the youngest player to make a debut in World Cup cricket?
Nitish Kumar (Canada)
When he played against Zimbabwe on 28 February 2011 at Nagpur, India, he was 16 years and 283 days.

56. Name the umpire who was officiated in both the cricket and football world cup?
Steve Bucknor (West Indies)

57. Third umpire first umpired in which world Cup?
1996 World Cup.

58. Who bowled the first ball in the first World Cup in 1975?
Madan Lal (India).
The first match of first world cup was played between England and India. Dennis Amiss was the first batsman to face the bowling.

59. Who holds the record of highest score by an Indian in World Cup cricket?

Saurav Ganguly.
Ganguly scored 183 from 158 balls, (17 fours and seven sixes) against Sri Lanka at Taunton in the 1999 cricket World Cup.

60. The official Mascot of ICC world Cup 2011 is?

Stumpy, the Elephant.

61. The official theme / song of ICC World Cup 2011 is?
De Ghuma ke (3 Min 56 Sec).
It is composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa. It is sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Divya Kumar while the lyrics are given by Manoj Yadav.

62. Who is the Official Event Ambassador of ICC World Cup 2011?
Sachin Tendulkar.
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