India has advanced to the CWC 2023 finals. Right now, the Cup is the one thing for which almost every Indian is praying. Almost everyone is supporting Team India as they seek revenge for what happened in 2003. Recall what transpired in 2003. The moment to reflect on India’s World Cup trip thus far is now, as time is running out. Together, let’s relive the events and make sure to follow and to receive timely sports updates.

The history:  In 1975, India started its journey on this event. Since the event’s inception in June 1975, India has never missed one.

1975: In 1975, the Cricket World Cup was held in England from June 7 to June 21, featuring a total of 8 participating teams: Australia, East Africa, West Indies, England, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, and New Zealand. Srinivas Venkataraghavan served as the captain of Team India during this edition.

The squad included players like Syed Abid Ali, Mohinder Amarnath, Bishen Singh Bedi (vc), Farokh Engineer (wk), Anshuman Gaekwad, Sunil Gavaskar, Karsan Ghavri, Madan Lal, Brijesh Patel, Eknath Solkar, Gundappa Viswanath, Syed Kirmani (wk), and Parthasarathy Sharma. During this period, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) was not as stable or financially robust as it is today. The team faced challenges with limited resources and support, yet they managed to progress to round 1 in the tournament.

1979: As a captain, Srinivas Venkataraghavan led Team India once more in 1979. The event was intended to take place in England from June 9th to June 23rd, 1979. Within the team, the batting line-up included Sunil Gavaskar, Anshuman Gaekwad, Dilip Vengsarkar, and Gundappa Viswanath, with Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath, and Bishen Singh filling up the bench. At the 1979 Cricket World Cup, Sudath Pasqual (17) of Sri Lanka was the youngest player and Garnet Brisbane (40) of Canada was the oldest.

Eight teams—from the West Indies, England, Australia, Canada, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka—participated in this competition.

India’s adventure ended as well in the first round.

1983: India was gradually adjusting to the match’s tempo and growing accustomed to it. Team India was far more powerful in 1983.

The event was held in England once more in 1983. They did, however, co-host the event with Canada. The dates for it were June 9–June 25, 1983. Eight teams—Australia, England, India, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and New Zealand—participated in the competition.

Kapil Dev led Team India as captain in 1983. The team included the following players: Madan Lal, Sandip Patil, Balwinder Sandhu, Yashpal Sharma, Ravi Shastri, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Sunil Valson, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kirti Azad, Roger Binny, Sunil Gavaskar, and Syed Kirmani (wk). Surprise! India won the cup for the first time. BCCI was still having financial and other problems.  However, the players managed to bag the cup.

1992: In 1992, Australia and New Zealand jointly hosted the Cricket World Cup, spanning from February 22 to March 25. The tournament featured eight teams, namely Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Zimbabwe. John Traicos from Zimbabwe, aged 44, held the title of the oldest player, while Zahid Fazal from Pakistan, aged 18, was the youngest participant.

The Indian squad, led by Mohammad Azharuddin, included players such as Subroto Banerjee, Sachin Tendulkar, Ajay Jadeja, Vinod Kambli, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri (vc), Sanjay Manjrekar, Kiran More (wk), Manoj Prabhakar, Venkatapathy Raju, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Javagal Srinath, and Pravin Amre. Despite high expectations and confidence in the players’ abilities, the reality was disappointing as Team India exited in the first round. Notably, 1992 marked a crucial period as the “God of Cricket,” Sachin Tendulkar, was on the rise. It is noteworthy that in that year, Pakistan secured their maiden cup, with Imran Khan captaining the team.

1996: In 1996, the Cricket World Cup was co-hosted by India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, spanning from February 14 to March 17. The tournament featured 12 teams, including Australia, England, India, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, West Indies, and Zimbabwe. The Netherlands’ Nolan Clarke, aged 47, held the title of the oldest player, while Kenya’s Thomas Odoyo, at 17, was the youngest participant.

Led by captain Mohammad Azharuddin and vice-captain Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian squad comprised players such as Vinod Kambli, Aashish Kapoor, Anil Kumble, Sanjay Manjrekar, Nayan Mongia (wk), Manoj Prabhakar, Venkatesh Prasad, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Javagal Srinath, Ajay Jadeja, Salil Ankola, and Venkatapathy Raju. Despite noticeable improvements in India’s performance, they could only secure a place in the semifinals. Unfortunately, India faced defeat against Sri Lanka at the same venue, marking the only two knockout matches of the 50-over World Cup.

1999: In 1999, England once again hosted the Cricket World Cup, with the tournament running from May 14 to June 20. The oldest player in the competition was Ian Philip (40/41) from Scotland, while the youngest was Mohammad Sheikh (18) from Kenya.

Twelve teams participated in the event, including Australia, Bangladesh (making their first World Cup appearance), England, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Zimbabwe.

The Indian squad, led by captain Mohammad Azharuddin, featured players like Sourav Ganguly, Ajay Jadeja (vice-captain), Sadagoppan Ramesh, Rahul Dravid, Robin Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Nayan Mongia (wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Venkatesh Prasad, Nikhil Chopra, Debasis Mohanty, Avagal Srinath, and Amay Khurasiya.

India faced elimination in round 2 (super 6s), leading to disappointment among Indian fans. However, it was a transitional period for the team, marked by the emerging prowess of the formidable trio – Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rahul Dravid.

2003: In 2003, the Cricket World Cup was jointly hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya, spanning from February 9 to March 23. The tournament featured 14 teams, divided into two groups:

Group A: Australia, England, India, Namibia, Netherlands, Pakistan & Zimbabwe

Group B: Bangladesh, Canada, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka & West Indies.

Sourav Ganguly captained the Indian squad, which included players like Rahul Dravid (wk) (vice-captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble, Parthiv Patel (wk), Dinesh Mongia, Sanjay Bangar, Ashish Nehra, and Ajit Agarkar. In the finals, India faced Australia, who, similar to India in 2023, maintained an undefeated record throughout the tournament. The Wanderers Stadium hosted the final match, where, having won the toss, India chose to bat first but struggled, managing only 125 runs in 41.4 overs. Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie from Australia each claimed three wickets. The haunting memory of the 2003 defeat still resonates with many Indians.

2007: In 2007, the ninth edition of the Cricket World Cup unfolded in the West Indies from March 13 to April 28. The tournament featured 15 teams divided into four groups:

Group A: Australia, Netherlands, Scotland & South Africa.

Group B: Bangladesh, Bermuda, India & Sri Lanka.

Group C: New Zealand, Canada, England and  Kenya

Group D: Ireland, Pakistan, West Indies & Zimbabwe.

Rahul Dravid led Team India, which included players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh (vice-captain), M.S. Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, S. Sreesanth, and Munaf Patel. With high expectations fueled by the 2003 finals, India faced an unexpected exit during the World Cup group stage, suffering defeats to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

2011: India was craving a win, India was crying. At this moment Team India got the right shoulder in the form of “Captain Cool” aka MS Dhoni. With the right leadership finally, India bagged their second cup in the event.

In the 2011 squad, we had Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C & wk), Virender Sehwag (vc), Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, S. Sreesanth, Piyush Chawla & Ravichandran Ashwin.

India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh was the host of the event & a total of 14 teams were in the event.

Group A: Australia, Canada, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Zimbabwe.

Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa & West Indies.

In 2011, India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

2015: Australia and New Zealand held the event in 2015. Axar Patel, Suresh Raina, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, MS Dhoni (captain & wk), Ishant Sharma & Mohammed Shami (withdrawn), Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, and Umesh Yadav included the Indian team.

In this competition, India was the defending champion. India made it to the second round. But Australia won 328/7 against India.

2019: India was more aggressive this time around following their narrow loss in 2015. We had Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, and Dinesh Karthik (wk) in the team. India had a strong play. Nonetheless, New Zealand had defeated India in the 2019 semifinals.

This event was hosted by England and Wales. Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka & West Indies took part in the event. In 2019, England lifted their maiden cup in the home ground.

2023: In 2023, the moment has arrived for redemption and payback for past defeats and criticism. The Indian squad, led by Rohit Sharma (c) and with KL Rahul as vice-captain due to Hardik Pandya’s injury, comprises players like  Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Surya Kumar Yadav. Despite Hardik Pandya’s setback, Mohammad Shami has stepped in admirably.

Similar to Australia’s unbeaten run in 2003, Team India has maintained a flawless record throughout the entire 2023 event. The team is now poised to face Australia in the finals at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. With India hosting the tournament, a total of 10 teams participated, including India, Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.

Final words:

In closing remarks, India has gone a long way to get to the finals. Team India advanced to the semifinals four times and lost badly in the final match once. For Team India, we are in prayer. Watch the game, pray for Team India, and stay tuned with & to get all the sports updates on time.