Cricket World Cup Flashback: Prudential World Cup 1975

Related Link: Prudential World Cup 1975: History, Results and Scorecards

The Prudential World Cup 1975 became the first ever Cricket World Cup. The 1975 World Cup kicked off in England, and was played from June 7 to June 21. Eight nations took part in the inaugural event. A total of 15 games were played in the tournament, divided into two stages – the round-robin and the knockouts. Matches were of 60-over duration, and featured white clothing and red balls.

Above photo: The West Indies cricket team in Manchester for the Prudential World Cup match against Sri Lanka at Old Trafford in Manchester, 7th June 1975. West Indies won by nine wickets. Back row (left-right): Gordon Greenidge, Maurice Foster, Viv Richards, Keith Boyce, Vanburn Holder, Andy Roberts, Collis King, Bernard Julien, Alvin Kallicharran. Front row: Rohan Kanhai, Deryck Murray, Clive Lloyd, Clyde Walcott, Lance Gibbs and Roy Fredericks. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

Teams that played in the Prudential World Cup 1975: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and West Indies were the six Test-playing nations in the event. Sri Lanka and East Africa made up the non-Test playing teams.

Format of the Prudential World Cup 1975: The teams were divided into two groups of four teams each. Each team in the group played the other once, and the top two sides progressed to the semi-finals.

Groups: Group A featured England, New Zealand, India and East Africa, and Group B included West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Following the group stages, England, Australia, New Zealand and West Indies progressed to the semi-finals.

The first semi-final: In the first semi-final, Australia took on the Englishmen at Leeds. England batted first, but were rolled over for 93 as late Aussie left-arm seamer Gary Gilmour claimed wonderful figures of 6 for 14. The Englishmen had no answers to his moving deliveries. Australia however did not have it all that easy themselves. They lost six wickets with under 40 runs on the board. Gimlour it was who came to Australia’s rescue. His unbeaten run-a-ball 28 helped Australia seal victory by four wickets, and put them in the final. England vs Australia – 1st Semi Final at Leeds – Scorecard

The second semi-final: In the other semi-final, West Indies faced New Zealand at the Kennington Oval. New Zealand lost the toss and batted first, and were rolled over for 158 in spite of a half-century from Geoff Howarth. At one stage, they were 98 for 1, but Bernard Julian and Vanburn Holder picked up seven wickets among themselves to turn the tide. West Indies won easily by five wickets, with Alvin Kallicharan top scoring with 72 and Gordon Greenidge contributing 55. New Zealand vs West Indies – 2nd Semi Final at London – Scorecard

Above photo: 30th June 1975: Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell talks to Clive Lloyd, the West Indies captain at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on the eve of the Prudential World Cup Cricket Final. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Final: West Indies meet England in the final at Lord’s. Batting first, they posted an impressive 291 for 8, led by skipper Clive Lloyd, who made slammed 102 from 85 balls. Australia fought hard but were bowled out for 274, skipper Ian Chappell making 62. As many as five Aussie batsmen were run-out, three of them by Vivian Richards as West Indies ended up winning the final by 17 runs to lift the Prudential World Cup 1975. Australia vs West Indies, Final at Lord’s – Scorecard

Top performers: Glenn Turner of New Zealand scored the most runs – 333. Australia’s Gary Gilmour picked up most wickets – 11.

Did you know? This was the edition in which Sunil Gavaskar infamously made 36 not out from 174 balls against England, batting out 60 overs.

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