India Cricket Team

The Indian cricket team's World Cup history makes for a good viewing. Though the team has won the tournament only one times, it has put up a quite good show at the tournament in most of the editions. India did not get off to a good start and in the 1975 World Cup, the team performed rather poorly by failing to make it past the first round.
The 1979 World Cup also had same lucks in store for the Indian team. They played badly and made a first round out the door once again. Dramatic changes in the team's destiny were to be seen in the 1983 World Cup. From starting the tournament as a team expected to bow out without even a challenge, the team came from behind and emerged champion. They played excellently during the competition, beating hosts England in the semifinal and finally outclassing the mighty West Indians in the final. Indian captain Kapil Dev lifted the first time world cup trophy on the balcony of the Lord's amid frantic celebrations of fans.

It was indeed a memorable moment for Indian cricket and also one of the most cherished ones. Previous champions India were pitted as favorites in the 1987 World Cup. However they could not live up to the potential and bowed out of the tournament after a semifinal loss to England.

They had played well in the tournament to reach the final four stages. The 1992 World Cup was again a bad tournament for India. Having played so well in the last two editions, India disappointed every person by crashing out in the first round itself. In the 1996 World Cup, India once again failed to succeed for the finals and was beaten by eventual champions Sri Lanka in the semifinal. The 1999 World Cup was once again an unmemorable tournament for India and the team did not qualify for the semifinals.
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