World Cup Quiz

The `Wizards of Oz' worked their magic spell at the globe's premier event for one-day cricket in 1987 and 1999. A quiz on the two events which saw not only many a first being set but also records, both team and individual.


1. According to a book on the 1987 event, the World Cup was moved out of England because the wife of a prominent Indian political-cricketing official (and the author of the book), who played a vital role in the fourth World Cup, was not given an extra ticket by the MCC to watch the 1983 final. Name the official.

2. 1987 not only saw a major shift as regards the actual hosting of the event but also a change in the playing rules because of weather conditions in that part of the world. What was the change?

3. Simple one. Name the title sponsor of the 1987 World Cup.

4. In the opening match of the 1987 World Cup, a 4 was converted into a 6 and the side which had its score boosted by those two extra runs went on to win by a run, thus registering the narrowest victory (by runs) in World Cup history. Name the sides and the batsman too.

5. In 1987, a bowler showed one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship when he refused to run out a non-striker, who was backing up too much. This action may have cost the bowler and his team the match but earned regard and respect from one and all. Name the protagonists.

6. This Englishman won three consecutive Man of the Match Awards in 1987, a feat yet to be bettered or equalled. Name this player, who `swept' India out of the World Cup.

7. The only instance of the Man of the Match Award being shared happened in 1987 and featured Indians. Name the players and the opponent.

8. Total trivia. Name the three Australians who were part of both the 1987 and 1999 winning squads.

9. The 1999 event saw the participation of 12 teams and a `Super Six' stage. Name the two debutant countries at the Cup and the `Super Six'.

10. The only two hat-tricks in the seven editions of the competition came in the 1987 and 1999 World Cups. Name the bowlers.

11. The 1999 semifinal between Australia and South Africa is considered by many to be the best World Cup match ever played. By how many runs did Australia win to enter the final?

12. Who took the coveted Man of the Match Awards in the 1987 and 1999 finals?

13. What was so special about the first five centuries scored in the 1999 World Cup?

14. Who had the highest run-aggregate and most wickets in the 1987 and 1999 World Cups?

15. In the 1999 World Cup, this player flew back home because of his father's demise, returned immediately and promptly scored a century even in those tragic times. Name this legend.

1. Mr. N. K. P. Salve.

2. The World Cup was the first to be jointly-hosted by two different countries (India and Pakistan) and a side got only 50 overs instead of 60 overs because of the daylight factor.

3. Reliance Industries and the cup was called Reliance World Cup.

4. Australia beat India in Chennai, thanks to Dean Jones' score being increased.

5. West Indies' Courtney Walsh (bowler) and Pakistan's Salim Jaffer (batsman). The gracious act earned Walsh not only the `Fair Play' Award but also a special gold medal from the then Pakistani President, Gen. Zia-ul-Haq.

6. Graham Gooch (versus West Indies, Sri Lanka and India).

7. Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Sharma in the match against New Zealand.

8. Steve Waugh, Tom Moody and Geoff Marsh. Marsh was the team's coach in 1999.

9. Bangladesh and Scotland. The Super Six were: Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan and New Zealand.

10. Chetan Sharma (v New Zealand in 1987) and Saqlain Mushtaq.(v Zimbabwe in 1999).

11. A googly. The match was a tie but since Australia had won the Super Six encounter between the two countries, it went to the final!

12. David Boon and Shane Warne respectively.

13. All were scored by Indians, namely Rahul Dravid (twice), Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Ajay Jadeja.

14. 1987: Graham Gooch (471 runs) and Craig McDermott (18 wickets); 1999: Rahul Dravid (461) and Shane Warne & Geoff Allott (20).

15. Our very own Sachin Tendulkar. Compiled by V. V. Ramanan