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Cricketing Heroes: Iconic Man of the Match Performances in ODI Cricket World Cup History

The “Man of the Match” awards in ODI Crick­et World Cups have been bestowed upon play­ers whose per­for­mances have stood out in the high-stakes and intense atmos­phere of the tour­na­ment. Here’s an inter­est­ing descrip­tion high­light­ing some of the icon­ic Man of the Match awardees and their con­tri­bu­tions:

1975 ODI Cricket World Cup: Lord’s: WestIndies v/s Australia

Clive Lloyd
Clive Lloyd

In the 1975 Crick­et World Cup final, held at Lord’s Crick­et Ground in Lon­don, Clive Lloyd played a cru­cial and his­toric innings for the West Indies against Aus­tralia. Lloy­d’s innings in that match is con­sid­ered one of the most icon­ic and impact­ful per­for­mances in Crick­et World Cup his­to­ry.

In the final, Clive Lloyd scored a mag­nif­i­cent cen­tu­ry, play­ing a cap­tain’s innings that helped pro­pel West Indies to a for­mi­da­ble total. Here are the details of Clive Lloy­d’s innings in the 1975 World Cup final:

  • Play­er: Clive Lloyd
  • Innings: 102 not out of 85 Balls with 12 fours and 2 six­es

Lloy­d’s innings played a key role in guid­ing West Indies to a total of 291 for 8 in their 60 overs. His aggres­sive and author­i­ta­tive style of play set the tone for the West Indies innings and pro­vid­ed the foun­da­tion for their vic­to­ry in the inau­gur­al Crick­et World Cup. West Indies went on to win the match by 17 runs, and Clive Lloy­d’s innings in the final played a cru­cial part in secur­ing the his­toric title for his team.

1979 ODI Cricket World Cup: Lord’s: WestIndies v/s England

Vivian Richards
Vivian Richards

In the 1979 Crick­et World Cup, Vivian Richards, one of the leg­endary crick­eters from the West Indies, had a sig­nif­i­cant impact with his aggres­sive and dom­i­nant bat­ting per­for­mances. The final of the 1979 World Cup was played at Lord’s Crick­et Ground in Lon­don, and West Indies faced Eng­land in that match. Vivian Richards played a mem­o­rable innings in the final. Here are the details of his innings in the 1979 World Cup final:

  • Play­er: Vivian Richards
  • Innings: 138 not out of 157 Balls with 11 fours and 3 six­es

Richards’ spec­tac­u­lar innings played a cru­cial role in guid­ing West Indies to a for­mi­da­ble total. His aggres­sive and author­i­ta­tive bat­ting style was on full dis­play, and he dom­i­nat­ed the Eng­lish bowlers. This innings by Vivian Richards proved instru­men­tal in West Indies win­ning the 1979 Crick­et World Cup.

West Indies post­ed a total of 286 for 9 in their 60 overs, and Eng­land, in response, man­aged to score 194 runs. The West Indies team, under the cap­tain­cy of Clive Lloyd, secured their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive World Cup title with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance, and Vivian Richards’ innings in the final was a key high­light of that tour­na­ment.

1983 ODI Cricket World Cup: Lord’s: India v/s WestIndies


Mohinder Amarnath
Mohin­der Amar­nath

In the 1983 Crick­et World Cup final, played at Lord’s Crick­et Ground in Lon­don, India faced the West Indies. Mohin­der Amar­nath played a piv­otal role in Indi­a’s his­toric vic­to­ry in that final. Here are the details of Mohin­der Amar­nath’s per­for­mance in the 1983 World Cup final:

  • Play­er: Mohin­der Amar­nath
  • Innings: 26 runs (not out) of 80 Balls, 3/12 in  7 overs

While Amar­nath’s innings might not seem flam­boy­ant in terms of runs scored, his con­tri­bu­tion went beyond the score­card. It was his cru­cial all-round per­for­mance, par­tic­u­lar­ly with the ball, that stood out in the final.

In the West Indies’ innings, Amar­nath bowled a cru­cial spell, tak­ing three wick­ets for just 12 runs in his sev­en overs. His accu­rate and impact­ful bowl­ing helped India restrict the West Indies to a mod­est total of 140 runs.

Amar­nath’s all-round con­tri­bu­tion, both with the ball and with a steady and patient innings dur­ing Indi­a’s chase, played a cru­cial role in Indi­a’s his­toric win. India suc­cess­ful­ly chased down the tar­get, scor­ing 183 for 6 in 54.4 overs. Amar­nath’s efforts earned him the nick­name “Jim­my” and the hon­or of being named the Man of the Match in the final, con­tribut­ing sig­nif­i­cant­ly to Indi­a’s first Crick­et World Cup vic­to­ry in 1983.

1987 Cricket World Cup: Eden Garden: Australia v/s England

David Boon
David Boon

The 1987 Crick­et World Cup final took place at Eden Gar­dens in Kolkata, India, and it was con­test­ed between Aus­tralia and Eng­land on Novem­ber 8, 1987. Aus­tralia emerged vic­to­ri­ous in a close­ly-fought match to win their first Crick­et World Cup title.

David Boon’s innings of 75 runs was a cru­cial con­tri­bu­tion in Aus­trali­a’s total. Despite a spir­it­ed chase by Eng­land, Aus­tralia suc­cess­ful­ly defend­ed their total, and the match became one of the mem­o­rable World Cup finals in crick­et his­to­ry.

1992 Cricket World Cup: MCG: Pakistan v/s England

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram played a cru­cial role in the 1992 Crick­et World Cup final, which took place at the Mel­bourne Crick­et Ground in Aus­tralia. Pak­istan faced Eng­land in that final, and Wasim Akram’s per­for­mance proved to be a turn­ing point in the match.

Here are the key con­tri­bu­tions of Wasim Akram in the 1992 World Cup final:


  • Wasim Akram came in to bat at num­ber eight for Pak­istan.
  • He scored an unbeat­en 33 runs off just 18 balls, includ­ing three fours and one six.
  • Akram’s quick and impact­ful innings at the end of Pak­istan’s innings helped them post a com­pet­i­tive total.


  • Wasim Akram was the cap­tain and a key bowler for Pak­istan.
  • In his bowl­ing spell, Akram took three cru­cial wick­ets for 49 runs in 10 overs.
  • His wick­ets includ­ed impor­tant dis­missals, con­tribut­ing to restrict­ing Eng­land to a man­age­able total.

1996 Cricket World Cup: Lahore: Srilanka v/s Australia

Aravinda de Silva
Aravin­da de Sil­va Image Source: ICC Twit­ter

In the 1996 Crick­et World Cup final, Aravin­da de Sil­va played a mem­o­rable and match-win­ning innings for Sri Lan­ka. The final was held at the Gaddafi Sta­di­um in Lahore, Pak­istan, and it was con­test­ed between Sri Lan­ka and Aus­tralia. Aravin­da de Sil­va’s remark­able per­for­mance was instru­men­tal in Sri Lan­ka win­ning their first Crick­et World Cup title. Here are the key details of Aravin­da de Sil­va’s innings in the 1996 World Cup final:

Aravin­da de Sil­va’s Innings:

  • Runs: 107* (not out)
  • Balls Faced: 124
  • Fours: 13
  • Six­es: 1

Aravin­da de Sil­va played a cru­cial role in guid­ing Sri Lan­ka to a chal­leng­ing total after they lost both their open­ers ear­ly in the innings. His innings was com­posed, filled with ele­gant strokes, and show­cased his abil­i­ty to anchor the innings under pres­sure.

1999 Cricket World Cup: Lord’s: Australia v/s Pakistan

Shane Warne
Shane Warne Image Source: ICC Twit­ter

Shane Warne played a cru­cial role in the 1999 Crick­et World Cup final, which took place at Lord’s Crick­et Ground in Lon­don. The final was con­test­ed between Aus­tralia and Pak­istan. Shane Warne’s per­for­mance in that match, par­tic­u­lar­ly with the ball, played a sig­nif­i­cant role in Aus­trali­a’s vic­to­ry.

Shane Warne’s Bowl­ing Per­for­mance:

  • Overs: 9
  • Runs: 33
  • Wick­ets: 4
  • Econ­o­my Rate: 3.67

Warne’s spell in the final was instru­men­tal in restrict­ing Pak­istan to a mod­est total. He took key wick­ets, includ­ing those of dan­ger­ous bats­men. His vari­a­tions and abil­i­ty to deceive bats­men with his leg-spin proved to be cru­cial on the big stage.

2003 Cricket World Cup: Johannesburg: Australia v/s India

In the 2003 Crick­et World Cup final, Ricky Ponting played a spec­tac­u­lar innings, lead­ing Aus­tralia to a com­pre­hen­sive vic­to­ry over India. The final took place at the Wan­der­ers Sta­di­um in Johan­nes­burg, South Africa. Ricky Ponting’s per­for­mance in this match is often remem­bered as one of the finest innings in a World Cup final.

Ricky Ponting’s Innings:

  • Runs: 140* (not out) includ­ing 8 Fours 4 six­es
  • Balls Faced: 121

Ponting’s innings was char­ac­ter­ized by aggres­sive stroke play, impec­ca­ble tim­ing, and a dom­i­nat­ing pres­ence at the crease. His cen­tu­ry in the final played a piv­otal role in Aus­tralia set­ting a for­mi­da­ble total.

2007 Cricket World Cup: Lord’s: Australia v/s Pakistan

In the 2007 Crick­et World Cup final, Adam Gilchrist played a match-win­ning innings for Aus­tralia against Sri Lan­ka. The final took place at Kens­ing­ton Oval in Bridgetown, Bar­ba­dos. Adam Gilchrist’s innings was instru­men­tal in Aus­trali­a’s vic­to­ry, secur­ing their third con­sec­u­tive World Cup title. How­ev­er, the match was affect­ed by rain, and the result was deter­mined by the Duck­worth-Lewis method.

Adam Gilchrist’s Innings:

  • Runs: 149 runs includ­ing 13 Fours 8 six­es
  • Balls Faced: 104

Gilchrist’s innings was a dis­play of aggres­sive and pow­er­ful bat­ting. He took the Sri Lankan bowl­ing attack apart, scor­ing runs at a rapid pace and lead­ing Aus­tralia to a com­mand­ing total.

2011 Cricket World Cup: Mumbai: India v/s Srilanka

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni

In the 2011 Crick­et World Cup final, played at Wankhede Sta­di­um in Mum­bai, India, MS Dhoni played a cap­tain’s knock that will be etched in crick­et his­to­ry for­ev­er. India faced Sri Lan­ka in the final, and MS Dhoni’s innings was a defin­ing moment that secured Indi­a’s vic­to­ry and their sec­ond Crick­et World Cup title.

MS Dhoni’s Innings:

  • Runs: 91* (not out) includ­ing 8 Fours and 2 six­es
  • Balls Faced: 79

Impact on the Final:

  • MS Dhoni played a calm and com­posed innings under pres­sure, com­ing in at a cru­cial junc­ture with India chas­ing 275 runs.
  • His part­ner­ship with Gau­tam Gamb­hir (97) was cru­cial, steady­ing the innings and lay­ing the foun­da­tion for the vic­to­ry.
  • Dhoni fin­ished the match in style by hit­ting a six, secur­ing Indi­a’s World Cup win after 28 years.

2015 Cricket World Cup: Lord’s: Australia v/s New Zealand

James Faulkn­er played a sig­nif­i­cant role in Aus­trali­a’s cam­paign dur­ing the 2015 ICC Crick­et World Cup. The tour­na­ment was co-host­ed by Aus­tralia and New Zealand, and Aus­tralia emerged as the cham­pi­ons by defeat­ing New Zealand in the final. Faulkn­er, known for his all-round abil­i­ties, made notable con­tri­bu­tions with both bat and ball dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

Key con­tri­bu­tions by James Faulkn­er in the 2015 Crick­et World Cup:

  1. Bat­ting:
    • Faulkn­er show­cased his fin­ish­ing skills in the low­er order.
    • Notable per­for­mances with the bat includ­ed a cru­cial innings of 50* (not out) against Bangladesh in the group stage and an impor­tant 21* (not out) against Pak­istan in the quar­ter­fi­nal.
  2. Bowl­ing:
    • Faulkn­er played a vital role as a medi­um-fast bowler for Aus­tralia.
    • He picked up wick­ets in key match­es, con­tribut­ing to Aus­trali­a’s suc­cess in the tour­na­ment.
    • Notable bowl­ing per­for­mances includ­ed a 3‑wicket haul against Eng­land in the group stage and 3 wick­ets against India in the semi­fi­nal.
  3. Final:
    • While Faulkn­er did not have a sig­nif­i­cant impact with the bat in the final against New Zealand, he bowled eco­nom­i­cal­ly, tak­ing 3 wick­ets for 36 runs in his 9 overs.
    • Aus­tralia went on to win the final, clinch­ing the World Cup title.

2019 Cricket World Cup: Lord’s: England v/s New Zealand

In the 2019 ICC Crick­et World Cup final, played at Lord’s Crick­et Ground in Lon­don, Eng­land faced New Zealand in a thrilling match that end­ed in a tie after both the reg­u­lar 50-over innings and the Super Over. Eng­land was declared the win­ner based on the bound­ary count tiebreak­er rule.

Ben Stokes played a piv­otal role in Eng­land’s pur­suit of the tar­get and dur­ing the Super Over. Here are the key aspects of Ben Stokes’ per­for­mance in the 2019 World Cup final:

Ben Stokes’ Bat­ting Per­for­mance (50 Overs):

  • Runs: 84 (not out) with 5 Fours and 2 six­es
  • Balls Faced: 98

Stokes played a cru­cial innings under immense pres­sure, anchor­ing the run chase for Eng­land. His part­ner­ship with Jos But­tler was instru­men­tal in Eng­land get­ting close to the tar­get of 242 runs.

Ben Stokes’ Super Over Per­for­mance:

  • Stokes was one of the two bats­men cho­sen to bat for Eng­land in the Super Over.
  • He scored 8 runs in the Super Over, help­ing Eng­land set a tar­get of 16 runs for New Zealand to win.

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