Steve Waugh was one of the stars of the 1987 World Cup
Steve Waugh was one of the stars of the 1987 World Cup © Patrick Eagar

World Cup -1975

Border's boys take the prize

After winning the World Cup, India took their first steps to financial world domination of cricket by co-hosting the event. When India and Pakistan made it to the semi-finals, many thought a dream final between the old rivals would be the outcome. Unfortunately for the home fans, it was a face-off between two other old rivals - England and Australia - that came to pass. Allan Border went on to lift the trophy for Australia and kick off an era of Australian domination on the field.

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Player Mat Runs HS Ave SR
GA Gooch (Eng) 8 471 115 58.87 70.29
DC Boon (Aus) 8 447 93 55.87 76.67
GR Marsh (Aus) 8 428 126* 61.14 68.26
IVA Richards (WI) 6 391 181 65.16 107.41
MW Gatting (Eng) 8 354 60 50.57 95.93
Player Mat Wkts BBI Ave Econ
CJ McDermott (Aus) 8 18 5/44 18.94 4.67
Imran Khan (Pak) 7 17 4/37 13.05 4.45
BP Patterson (WI) 6 14 3/31 18.07 4.51
Maninder Singh (India) 7 14 3/21 20.00 4.00
EE Hemmings (Eng) 6 13 4/52 21.07 4.60
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Who hit the most sixes in an innings in the 1987 World Cup?

a. Dave Houghton b. Viv Richards c. Navjot Sidhu

The sporting Mr Walsh Off the very last ball, with Pakistan needing two to win, Saleem Jaffar, the non-striker, could have been run out after he backed up too far, but in a fine gesture, Courtney Walsh, the bowler, refused to do so and Pakistan were reprieved. They eventually escaped with a thrilling win, as Abdul Qadir squeezed out the remaining runs. The result put West Indies' chances of a semi-final place in jeopardy, though Walsh was deservingly commended for his sportsmanship.


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Stone-cold Steve beats India
India v Australia, Chennai
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'We were called the worst team to have left Australian shores'
How We Won the World Cup: 1987, part one: Craig McDermott looks back at the first World Cup in the subcontinent, Australia's preparation for the tournament, and what made them a competitive side ()
'Win against India in the first game was like winning the World Cup'
How We Won the World Cup: 1987, part two: Craig McDermott talks about the win against India in the first game of the tournament, and Australia's journey to the final ()
'Gatting was a sinner for the Poms but a good bloke for us'
How We Won the World Cup: 1987, part three: Craig McDermott looks back at the World Cup final, Mike Gatting's unforgettable reverse sweep, and bowling the last over of the match ()
'It was a period of resurgence for Australian cricket'
How We Won the World Cup: 1987, part four: Craig McDermott talks about the significance of the World Cup win for Australia, and the importance of Allan Border's captaincy ()
Gatting's moment of madness
Great World Cup Performances: Ian Chappell on the ill-judged stroke that gave Australia the 1987 World Cup ()