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06 February 201505:19

1979 Cricket World Cup – In Numbers

With less than 10 Days to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 it’s time to take a look back at the previous 10 World Cups in numbers and look at how the tournament has evolved over the years, next up 1979

1979 Cricket World Cup – In Numbers - Cricket News

Viv Richards of the West Indies acknowledges the crowd after making a century during the World Cup Final between England and West Indies at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, 23rd June 1979. West Indies won by 92 runs. (Photo by Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

The second edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup was held between June 9 and June 23, 1979.

A total of eight teams played across six venues in England - Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, Headingly, Kensington Oval, Old Trafford and Lord's - and after 12 group-stage matches and two semifinals, West Indies, the defending champion, beat England by 92 runs in the final to clinch its second title.

Matches: 15

Total Runs Scored: 6162 runs

Total Wickets Taken: 208 wickets

Highest Run Scorers

Gordon Greenidge (West Indies) (253 runs in four matches)
Vivian Richards (West Indies) (217 runs in four matches)
Graham Gooch (England) (210 runs in five matches)
Glenn Turner (New Zealand) (176 runs in four matches)
John Wright (New Zealand) (166 runs in four matches)


Highest Wicket Takers

Mike Hendrick (England) (10 wickets in five matches)
Brian McKechnie (New Zealand) (Nine wickets in four matches)
Asif Iqbal (Pakistan) (Nine wickets in four matches)
Chris Old (England) (Nine wickets in five matches)
Michael Holding (West Indies) (Eight wickets in four matches)

Highest Scores

Vivian Richards (138 not out for West Indies against England at lord's)
Gordon Greenidge (106 not out for West Indies against India in Birmingham)
Zaheer Abbas (93 for Pakistan against West Indies at the Oval)
Collis King (86 for West Indies against England at Lord's)
Bruce Edgar (84 not out for New Zealand against India in Leeds)

Best Bowling Figures

- Alan Hurst (5 for 21 for Australia against Canada in Birmingham)
- Joel Garner (5 for 38 for West Indies against England at Lord's)
- Chris Old (4 for 8 for England against Canada in Manchester)
- Bob Willis (4 for 11 for England against Canada in Manchester)
- Mike Hendrick (4 for 15 for England against Pakistan in Leeds)