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England ( 1975 )
  • The first ball in the World Cup history was bowled by India's Madan Lal to England's Denis Amiss at Lord's on June 7, 1975.
  • India's opener Sunil Gavaskar batted through the full 60 overs in the opening match against England at Lord's to score just 36 runs.
England ( 1979 )
  • Viv Richard's 139 not out is the highest score in a World Cup Final
  • Sri Lanka became the first nation to boycott a match in the World Cup when they refused to play Israel on political grounds in the mini tournament.
England ( 1983 )
  • One of the all-time great innings, 175 not out by Kapil Dev against Zimbabwe was lost to posterity. BBC had gone on strike that day with the result that it was never recorded on video.
     
India and Pakistan ( 1987 )
  • For the first time World Cup shifted from England to the Indian sub-continent.
  • Graham Gooch of England became the only player to win three consecutive man-of-match awards.
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka ( 1996 )
  • Javed Miandad became the first and only player to take part in all six World Cup's.
  • Mark Waugh became the only batsman to hit three centuries in one World Cup.
  • The semi-final between India and Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens was the first to be awarded to a team by default, the crowd disturbance that forced match referee to award the match to Sri Lanka.
England (1999)
  • Australia crushed Pakistan with ease in 20.1 overs,  replying to Pakistan's mere score of 132 (all out in 39 overs).
  • The semi-final between South Africa and Australia was one one of the finest one-day matches in history and maybe regarded as the real final.
  • Australia lifted the title after a run of seven games without defeat.


  
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