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Summer of '83

It was the first WC without a company tag name, and the first to have the Super Six format.

cricket Updated: Mar 11, 2007 16:59 IST

The 1999 World Cup involved 12 teams which played 42 matches. England became the only country to host four World Cups. Most of the matches were played in England, with Edinburgh, Dublin, Cardiff and Amsterdam hosting a total of five.

It was the first WC without a company tag name, and the first to have the Super Six format.

The tournament’s highest total was 373-6, recorded by India vs Sri Lanka at Taunton. The lowest was Scotland’s 68 vs the West Indies at Leicester.

The biggest victory margins were 157 runs by India vs SL at Taunton, and nine wickets by England and Pakistan vs Kenya and New Zealand, respectively.

Zimbabwe’s three-run win over India at Leicester was the lowest victory margin.

Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid added 318 for the second wicket against Sri Lanka at Taunton, an ODI record. Both got big tons, the third time in WC history when two batsmen hit centuries in the same innings.

Ganguly’s 183 in that game was the tournament’s highest, and also a WC record for India, improving on Kapil Dev’s 175* in 1983.

The semifinal between South Africa and Australia at Birmingham ended in a tie, the first in WC history.

Lance Klusener, with 281 runs and 17 wickets, was the Player of the Tournament.

Dravid topped the batting charts with 461 runs at 65.86.

For the Aussies, Steve Waugh was the top batsman with 398 runs at 79.60.

Geoff Allott of New Zealand and Shane Warne of Australia claimed 20 wickets each to finish as the top bowlers.

Glenn McGrath’s figures of 5-14 vs the West Indies at Manchester were the event’s best.

Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq took a hat-trick vs Zimbabwe (dismissing H Olonga, A Huckle and M Mbangwa at the Oval), only the second in WC after Chetan Sharma’s.

Zimbabwe’s Neil Johnson had the best all-round performance in a game — 59 runs and four wickets vs Kenya at Taunton.

West Indian Curtly Ambrose’s figures of 10-4-8-2 vs Scotland at Leicester were the most economical in the
tournament.

The most expensive figures were Chaminda Vaas’s 10-0-84-1 vs India at Taunton.

Pakistan’s Moin Khan, with 16 dismissals, was the most successful wicketkeeper.