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Home » Team Profiles » Indian Team World Cup History
Indian Team World Cup History
The Indian team's World Cup history makes for a good viewing. Though the team has won the tournament only once, it has put up a fairly good show at the tournament in most of the editions.

  • India did not get off to a very good start and in the 1975 World Cup, the team performed rather badly by failing to make it past the first round.

  • The 1979 World Cup also had similar fortunes in store for the Indian team. They played poorly and made a first round exit once again.

  • Dramatic changes in the team's fortune were to be seen in the 1983 World Cup. From beginning the tournament as a team expected to bow out without even a challenge, the team came from behind and emerged victorious. They played superbly throughout the competition, beating hosts England in the semifinal and eventually outclassing the mighty West Indians in the final. Indian captain Kapil Dev lifted the trophy on the balcony of the Lord's amid frantic celebrations of fans. It was indeed a historical moment for Indian cricket and also one of the most cherished ones.

  • Defending champions India were pitted as favorites in the 1987 World Cup. However they could not live up to the expectations and bowed out of the tournament after a semifinal loss to England. They had played well in the tournament to reach the final four stage.

  • The 1992 World Cup was again a poor tournament for India. Having played so well in the last two editions, India disappointed everyone by crashing out in the first round itself.

  • In the 1996 World Cup, India once again failed to qualify for the finals and were beaten by eventual champions Sri Lanka in the semifinal. This was a huge disappointment as India had shown a lot of promise in the series and went into the semifinal as overwhelming favorites.

  • The 1999 World Cup was once again a forgettable tournament for India and the team did not even qualify for the semifinals.

  • As a new, improved and zealous team with newfound confidence and a lot of success in the recent past, India began the 2003 World Cup as strong contender for the cup. Australia were the indomitable side at that time and very honestly India were the only team expected to pose as a threat to the Aussies. They did just that and set up a final clash with Australia. India went down without a fight in the final and that was indeed disappointing. However, the team performed brilliantly in the entire tournament and received a lot of praise for that.

    So it can be seen that India have had a mixed bag of success and failure at the World Cup. They are definitely one of the better sides in world cricket today and with 2007 World Cup coming up, India would look to further improve their World Cup record. provides information on the Indian Team World Cup History and the World Cup history of other teams.

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