Sports Desk- Cricket World Cup was started in 1975. One day cricket was new then. At that time there used to be a one-day match of 60 overs. The first match of the World Cup was played between India and England on 7 June 1975.
On the Lord’s ground, England scored a big score of 334 runs for four wickets in 60 overs. In England’s innings, Dennis Amiss (137) contributed a century and Keith Fletcher (68) contributed a half-century.
In reply, India lost three wickets for 108, forcing Gavaskar to opt for a more cautious approach. He, however, failed to shift gears as he remained unbeaten on 36 off 174 balls. opener carried his bat, scoring at strike rate of 20.68. Batting at the other end, Brijesh Patel made 16 off 57 balls as India finished on 132/3 from 60 overs. The 202-run win for England was the biggest ODI victory till 1984-85.
The inaugural edition consisted of eight teams – India, Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies Sri Lanka and East Africa.
West Indies clinched the trophy by beating Australia by 17 runs in the final.