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Last updated: Tuesday, 7 January, 2003, 11:07 GMT


World Cup kings of yesteryear
Clive Lloyd holds the 1979 World Cup aloft
Clive Lloyd holds the 1979 World Cup aloft
BBC Sport Online documents the West Indies' World Cup history.

Only Australia can match the West Indies' record of winning two World Cups since the tournament began 28 year ago.

But whereas the Baggy Greens have claimed victory as recent as 1999, their Caribbean counterparts have to go back to the 1970s for their last triumph.

It was during that period that the West Indies ruled supreme in the sport's greatest limited-overs competition.

Already recognised as the best Test side in the world at this stage, they powered their way to success in the inaugural World Cup in 1975.

A packed house at Lord's watched the team led by Clive Lloyd deny Australia by 17 runs and confirm themselves as worthy champions.

WORLD CUP RECORD
Played 43 - W:28 L:15
1975: Winners
1979: Winners
1983: Final
1987: Group stage
1992: Group stage
1996: Semi-finals
1999: Group stage
Four years later, the West Indies returned with, arguably, one of the strongest one-day sides of all time.

Viv Richards proved awesome with a bat, while Joel Garner was devastating with a ball as the side grabbed their second consecutive World Cup title with a 92-run win over England in the final.

But the West Indies squandered a hat-trick opportunity when they somehow failed to chase 184 in the 1983 final against India.

And after such auspicious beginnings, West Indies have consistently failed to hit those heights again.

Cracks started to appear in the 1987 tournament when they narrowly missed out on gaining a semi-final berth and the slide continued in 1992.

Although they reached the semi-finals in 1996, West Indies sunk to new depths in the group stages when Kenya beat them in the biggest upset in World Cup history.

And in 1999 West Indies beat the bad teams, lost to the good ones and were eliminated prior to the Super Six stage.

Their fall from World Cup grace was sadly reflective of the general regression of West Indies cricket since their halcyon days of the 1970s and 80s.

But many cricket fans will agree the time is long overdue for the Calypso kings to resume their love affair with the World Cup.

It just hasn't been the same without them.





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