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Cricket World Cup: Final Match Hosting Country has never won it! Can India break the trend this time?

From the past records of World Cup Cricket, we find that the hosting team has never won the World Cup.

In 1996, the World Cup was hosted jointly by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The final match was played in Pakistan. And, Sri Lanka had won the World Cup.

Hence, more precisely saying, the Final Match Hosting Country has never won the World Cup.

This time (World Cup Cricket 2011), it is being hosted by three South Asian countries: India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. And, the final match is being played in India.

Can India break this trend? Can India win the World Cup Cricket for the 2nd time? Will India be able to keep the World Cup Trophy at home this time?

It seems so by seeing the current form and the player capacity of Indian Cricket Team. India is playing tremendously in recent times. Can they continue this form till the end of World Cup? It’s something to watch.

Below is the statistical summary of hosting country and winner of the world cup cricket:-

Year Host Nation(s) Final Venue Winner Runner-up
1975 England Lord’s, London West Indies Australia
1979 England Lord’s, London West Indies England
1983 England Lord’s, London India West Indies
1987 India, Pakistan Eden Gardens, Kolkata Australia England
1992 Australia, New Zealand MCG, Melbourne Pakistan England
1996 India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore Sri Lanka Australia
1999 England, Wales, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland Lord’s, London Australia Pakistan
2003 South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe Wanderers, Johannesburg Australia India
2007 West Indies Kensington Oval, Bridgetown Australia Sri Lanka
2011 India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai India Sri Lanka

Update: India has really broken this trend. India has won the Cricket World Cup 2011. A big congratulation to The Indian Cricket Team. You guys were simply awesome and the strongest side for the whole tournament.


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  • Raju

    The 1996 Cricket World Cup Final was played in Pakistan and Sri Lanka won it. Now, it’s played in India and I think, Pakistan will win it.

    If the final was played in Sri Lanka, then I would have thought India to win it.

    All assumptions BTW :)

  • Aamir

    India will win the world cup and Yuvraj Singh will make it happen. He came into form in T20 world cup last time and made India the winner. He seems to be repeating the same history once again.. Go India Go…

  • http://www.umalik.com Usman

    I like your assumptions :)