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06 February 201518:46


With just seven 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


Kapil Dev's unbeaten 175 off just 138 balls against Zimbabwe was the highest score made by a batsman in the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

The third edition of the World Cup was held between June 9 and June 25, 1983. A total of eight teams participated in the tournament held across 15 venues in England. India defeated the West Indies, the defending champion, in the final in Lord's to win their first World Cup title. Kapil Dev, India’s captain, was the dominating presence in the tournament. He was the fifth highest run-getter with 303 runs, and scored his runs at a strike-rate of 108.99, easily the highest in the top 25 run-getters where no one scored at a run-a-ball. He was the joint sixth highest wicket-taker with 12 scalps, and one of only four people to concede runs at less than 3 per over. He topped that by taking the most catches – 7 – including a famous running catch in the final to get rid of Viv Richards in the game’s turning point.

Matches: 27

Total Runs Scored: 12046

Total Wickets Taken:

Highest Run Scorers

David Gower (England) (384 runs in seven matches)

Viv Richards (West Indies) (367 runs in eight matches)

Graeme Fowler (England) (360 runs in seven matches)

Zaheer Abbas (Pakistan) (313 runs in seven matches)

Kapil Dev (India) (303 runs in eight matches)

Highest Wicket Takers

Roger Binny (India) (18 wickets in eight matches)

Ashantha de Mel (Sri Lanka) (17 wickets in six matches)

Madan Lal (India) (17 wickets in eight matches)

Richard Hadlee (New Zealand) (14 wickets in six matches)

Vic Marks (England) (13 wickets in seven matches)

Highest Scores

Kapil Dev (175 not out for India against Zimbabwe in Tunbridge Wells)

David Gower (130 for England against Sri Lanka in Taunton)

Viv Richards (119 for West Indies against India in London)

Trevor Chappell (110 for Australia against India in Nottingham)

Gordon Greenidge (105 not out for West Indies against Zimbabwe in Worcester)

Best Bowling Figures

Winston Davis (7 for 51 for West Indies against Australia in Leeds)

Ken MacLeay (6 for 39 for Australia against India in Nottingham)

Richard Hadlee (5 for 25 for New Zealand against Sri Lanka in Bristol)

Ashantha de Mel (5 for 32 for Sri Lanka against New Zealand in Derby)

Vic Marks (5 for 39 for England against Sri Lanka in Taunton)