Jointly hosted by India and Pakistan, this was the first World Cup to be held out side England.
For the first time, twice champions and last edi tion’s runners-up, the West Indies, failed to reach the semifinals.
The tournament saw match es shortened to 50 overs a side for the first time.
Previously, the limit was 60 overs.
The highest innings total (360-4) in the tournament, was piled up by the Windies against Sri Lanka at Karachi on October 13, was also the highest one-day total at the time. The previous best was 338-5 (60 overs), made by Pakistan against Sri Lanka at Swansea in the 1983 World Cup.
The lowest innings total (135 in 44.2 overs) was made by Zimbabwe against India at Bombay on October 17, 1987.
Chetan Sharma became the first bowler to take a hat trick in a World Cup match when he bowled three New Zealand batsmen (Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield) in Nagpur on October 31.
Imran Khan took his World Cup wickets tally to 27, one better than Andy Roberts's record.
West Indies’ Vivian Richards became the first batsman to aggregate 1,000 runs in World Cups.
Richards' 181 against Sri Lanka at Karachi on October 13 erased Kapil Dev's World Cup record of 175* made against Zimbabwe four years ago. Richards hit seven sixes, a new World Cup record.
Pakistan made a dubious Cup record, conceding 40 extras against England at Rawalpindi on October 13.
The highest margin of a win by runs was 191 when West Indies beat Sri Lanka in Karachi on October 13; the best win batting second was India's nine-wicket victory over New Zealand at Nagpur on October 31.
Australia’s one-run win over India in Madras on October