Is there a pattern in the finals?

A quick look at the 9 world cup finals shows an interesting pattern as follows :

West Indies 1975, 79 and 83 (won the first two against England and Australia and lost the third to India) and never got to play the finals since then.

Australia 1979, 87, 92, 99, 2003 (lost to Windies in 79, Won against England in 87, lost to Sri Lanka in 92, won in 99 against Pakistan and beat India in 2003. They have not lost a match in the World cup since their opening match against Pakistan in 1999. Will the law of averages catch up with them or are they going to defy gravity?

England 1975, 87, 96 (lost to Windies, Aussies and Pakistan respectively). Never won the World cup so far.

India 1983, 2003 (won against the Windies and lost to Australia). World beaters but got out of this world cup in the qualifying stages itself.

Pakistan 1996 and 99 (beat England and lost to Australia). Same fate as India.

Sri Lanka 1992 and 2007 (beat Australia in 92 and in 2007 …). Done well so far but have lost to Australia by 7 wickets and to South Africa by 1 wicket in the Super 8.

so what will be the fate of the 9th World Cup?

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7 Comments

  1. weirddreamer said,

    April 25, 2007 at 5:30 am

    Kiwi’s will take it out!
    well…dreams are free right, though it would be funny if we did…

  2. badrirag said,

    April 25, 2007 at 5:48 am

    Sad that NZ has never made it to the finals so far despite being such a well-knit team. Nor has South Africa (until now). Are these guys really chokers?

  3. weirddreamer said,

    April 25, 2007 at 8:00 am

    We will do it one day! We need new blood…kinda sad we dont make it very far…

  4. badrirag said,

    April 25, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Indeed you will! is that killer instinct missing in the kiwis or have the aussies monopolized it?

  5. weirddreamer said,

    April 28, 2007 at 2:31 am

    I think our team has lost its drive to be number 1. We need new blood and to take out aussie. If we can take out aussie we will get somehwere. I hve a tough time because I myself am half aussie and half kiwi by way of scotland, Ireland and England. My dads entire family is from england…

    Who do I support?

  6. badrirag said,

    April 28, 2007 at 3:12 am

    there is this last mile problem which is often an issue with telcos. all your sophisticated equipment is of no value if the last mile connectivity is not established with the end customer. likewise, there is something missing in the kiwis (as well as South Africans) that stops them from going the whole hog.

    they are probably resisting something and unless they overcome that, it might not be possible for them to become champions.

    what could that be?

  7. weirddreamer said,

    April 29, 2007 at 6:40 am

    personal inadaquacies. every one has something they dont like about themselves

    And the media here slams them everytime the lose or do something not quite kosher…damn the media


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