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World Cup Flashback: Let’s turn pages and go back to the 1987 World Cup

Brief Summary

The fourth edition of World Cup was sponsored by Reliance and unlike previous three World Cup, this time India and Pakistan were the host countries. This was the first tournament to be held outside England. This time, the Australian team showed dominance in the tournament to be crowned as champions. Australia defeated England in the finals by 7 runs to lift their maiden World Cup trophy.

In the finals, batting first Australia made 253 runs in their innings. England chasing the target of 254 runs, managed to get to only 246 runs, therefore losing the match by 7 runs. The tournament lasted for one month i.e. from October 8 to November 8, 1987. 

Like the previous editions, total eight teams were a part of the tournament divided into two groups. But, this time no new team made their debut. The eight teams that participated were Australia, England, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and India.

                             Group A 

                                Group B

New Zealand



Sri Lanka


West Indies



Defending Champions, India and unpredictable Australia topped in group A to make it to the semi-finals. However, from group B, England and Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals. Australia defeated Pakistan in the first semi-finals while England ended team India’s dream of retaining the trophy after defeating them in the second semi-finals.

Startling facts 

  1. In 1987, for the first time in the World Cup history, West Indies team didn’t qualify for the semi-finals
  2. Number of overs were reduced to 50 overs per side in this World Cup, something that is still going on.
  3. This was the first World Cup which was not played in England
  4. Chetan Sharma became the first bowler to take hat-trick in World Cup this season.

Key Stats

  1. England’s batsman, Graham Gooch was the leading run getter of the tournament (471 runs)
  2. West Indies legend, Sir Viv Richards holds the record of highest individual score (181 runs against Sri Lanka)
  3. Two time champions, West Indies’ score of 360/4 score against Sri Lanka was the highest team total of the 1987 World Cup.
  4. Australian right-arm pacer, Craig McDermott was the leading wicket taker of the championship (18).
  5. Craig McDermott also holds the record for best bowling figures (5/44 against Pakistan)

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