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1975 Cricket World Cup - Some Facts and Figures

Also known as the Prudential Cup, the 1975 cricket world cup was the first trophy of its kind.
With 8 teams taking part in it namely, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, England, West Indies, Australia, New Zealand and East Africa, the first edition was held in England from the 7th till the 21st of June 1975.
Apart from Clive Lloyd's team's domination throughout the tournament one of the key highlights of the Prudential Cup were Sunil Gavaskar's extremely negative knock of 36 runs from 174 balls which are still to date considered to be one of the slowest innings by any batsman for such a long duration in an ODI.
Every match was 60 overs per side and West indies played like true champions from the word go with topping the group stages.
The semi finals were played between West Indies VS New Zealand and England VS Australia.
Gary Gilmour's fantastic all round performance for the Aussies was the match winner against England as he took 6 wickets for 14 runs and while chasing a skimpy total of 93, the Australian batting line collapsed only to be given support with a solid knock of 28 runs by Gary.
On the other hand West Indies was on a rampage and secured an easy victory against the kiwis.
The final was a close contest, which took place at the Lords cricket ground, with an excellent century by Clive Lloyd which eventually proved to be a match winning innings and the highlight of the Aussie innings was the 5 run outs which at the end proved to be catastrophical.
Another important thing were noting here was the fact that no one was adjourned the man of the series in the Prudential Cup 1975.
Glenn Turner turned out be the highest scorer in the tournament with 333 runs and Gary Gilmour the highest wicket taker with 11.
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