11 Editions, 75 Games, 2 Cups: 10 Facts from India’s WC Campaigns

11 Editions, 75 Games, 2 Cups: 10 Facts from India’s WC Campaigns

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In their 12th appearance at the ICC World Cup this summer, a dominant Indian team will be vying for their third title and first since 2011.

Led by skipper Virat Kohli, the Men in Blue will begin their campaign against South Africa on 6 June, and then play a game each against Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies, England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stage.

From their 11 campaigns so far, here’s a look at 10 World Cup facts about the Indian cricket team.

Members of the Indian cricket team with the World Cup trophy on 25 June  1983.
Members of the Indian cricket team with the World Cup trophy on 25 June 1983.
(Photo: Sandeep Patil)

1.

India are one of only three teams to have lifted the World Cup more than once, along with Australia (5) and West Indies (2).

Also Read : Flashback 2011 ICC WC: When Mahi’s Men Taught India to Dream Again

India have a win-loss record of 46-27 at the World Cup.
India have a win-loss record of 46-27 at the World Cup.
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2.

India's win-loss record at the World Cup is 46-27, the third-best in the competition behind Australia and South Africa. One game ended in a tie, while another one was abandoned due to rain.

Kapil Dev holds aloft the 1983 World Cup after India beat West Indies in the final at Lord’s.
Kapil Dev holds aloft the 1983 World Cup after India beat West Indies in the final at Lord’s.
(Photo Courtesy: ICC)

3.

Kapil Dev is the youngest captain to lift a World Cup, having been 24 when India stunned the world in 1983.

India’s World Cup winning team in 2011. 
India’s World Cup winning team in 2011. 
(Photo: Reuters)

4.

India's second World Cup triumph in 2011 made them the first country to win a World Cup on home soil (a feat repeated by Australia in 2015).

Sachin Tendulkar is the top run-getter at the World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar is the top run-getter at the World Cup.
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5.

With 2,278 runs in 45 matches, Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-getter in World Cup history – over 500 runs ahead of second-placed Ricky Ponting (1,743).

Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs (673) in a single edition of the World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs (673) in a single edition of the World Cup.
(Photo: AP)

6.

Sachin Tendulkar scored 673 runs in the 2003 World Cup – the most by any batsman in a single edition of the World Cup.

Anil Kumble took 15 wickets in 1996 edition.
Anil Kumble took 15 wickets in 1996 edition.
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7.

Anil Kumble is the only Indian bowler to have led the wicket-taking charts at a World Cup – he did so by taking 15 wickets in 1996.

Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath are India’s joint-highest wicket-takers at the World Cup.
Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath are India’s joint-highest wicket-takers at the World Cup.
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8.

Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath are India's joint-highest wicket-takers at the WC with 44 (Zaheer in 23 matches, Srinath in 34).

The highest individual score by an Indian batsman in a World Cup game is Sourav Ganguly’s 183 against Sri Lanka in 1999.
The highest individual score by an Indian batsman in a World Cup game is Sourav Ganguly’s 183 against Sri Lanka in 1999.
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ICC Cricket World Cup)

9.

The highest individual score by an Indian batsman in a World Cup game is Sourav Ganguly's 183 against Sri Lanka in 1999.

Also Read : Flashback 1999 WC: When Winning Still Wasn’t a Habit for India

Gautam Gambhir’s 97 in 2011 is the highest score by an Indian in a World Cup final.
Gautam Gambhir’s 97 in 2011 is the highest score by an Indian in a World Cup final.
(Photo: Reuters)

10.

No Indian has hit a 100 in the three World Cup finals contested by India; Gautam Gambhir's 97 vs Sri Lanka in 2011 remains the highest by an Indian in a WC final.

Also Read : Throwback 2011: When Gambhir’s 97 Guided India to The World Cup

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