The hold-up at Headingley

Mike Hendrick's nagging seam bowling helped England defend a low total against Pakistan in the 1979 World Cup

ODI cricket's Year Zero

Rob Steen: The 1979 World Cup was played just when, after the Packer revolution, administrators had woken up to one-day cricket's marketing potential

Viv delivers the goods

Men of the Finals: Richards played second fiddle to Collis King for a while during the 1979 final, but his was the pivotal contribution


The Richards Cup

The first World Cup to feature coloured clothing, floodlights, white balls, fielding restrictions… and the overwhelming influence of a certain West Indian

Vignettes: 5

Hendrick swings it for England

Mike Hendrick tore at Pakistan's top order and later snapped a stunning catch to set up a memorable win for England

Vignettes: 6

King leaves Richards in the shade

West Indies were struggling in the final when their last front-line batsman came in and set the roof on fire. It was not Viv Richards

Vignettes: 7

'That shot is my invention'

Viv Richards gave the West Indies innings the perfect finish in the 1979 World Cup final by hitting Mike Hendrick for six

Vignettes: 8

Did Lloyd drop it on purpose?

Clive Lloyd dropping Geoff Boycott in the final inadvertently served West Indies better, as a slow opening partnership cost England the title

WOrld cup timeline


Which team scored what was the lowest score in ODI cricket in one of the games of the 1979 World Cup?

  • A. India
  • B. Sri Lanka
  • C. Canada
  • D. Pakistan


Most Runs
Player Mat Runs HS Ave SR
CG Greenidge (WI) 4 253 106* 84.33 62.31
IVA Richards (WI) 4 217 138* 108.50 74.06
GA Gooch (Eng) 5 210 71 52.50 63.82
GM Turner (NZ) 4 176 83* 88.00 56.05
JG Wright (NZ) 4 166 69 41.50 50.00
Most Wickets
Player Mat Wkts BBI Ave Econ
M Hendrick (Eng) 5 10 4/15 14.90 2.66
BJ McKechnie (NZ) 4 9 3/24 15.66 3.07
Asif Iqbal (Pak) 4 9 4/56 17.44 3.34
CM Old (Eng) 5 9 4/8 17.44 2.70
MA Holding (WI) 4 8 4/33 13.25 2.58