Winning an ICC ODI World Cup title is considered the pinnacle of one-day cricket. Since first edition, in 1975, only five teams have managed to win a World Cup in the last 48 years.
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Among these five sides, only two have managed to secure the title by going undefeated through the tournament, Australia and West Indies - with both teams doing it twice.
India is currently undefeated in the 2023 World Cup and could become the third team to achieve the feat if it manages to go the distance in the tournament.
West Indies - 1975
West Indies emerged as the first-ever ODI World Cup winner when it won the title in 1975 in England. The Caribbean side won all five matches it played in the tournament. Clive Lloyd’s team got the better of Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Pakistan and Australia (twice) in the 1975 World Cup.
West Indies - 1979
West Indies would continue its domination in the World Cup in 1979, defending its title and emerging out of the tournament unbeaten yet again.
West Indies’ win streak though was broken after its match against Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.
Australia - 2003
Australia became the second team to win the ODI World Cup undefeated when it clinched the 2003 title.
Australia went unchallenged through the long tournament in South Africa, winning all 11 of the matches it played.
Australia - 2007
Just like West Indies, the Aussies would repeat the trick, winning the ODI World Cup without suffering a defeat, once again.
Befittingly, Australia achieved the feat in the Caribbean islands, once again winning all 11 of its matches in the tournament. This was also Australia’s third-consecutive World Cup win, having secured the title in 1999 and 2003.
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