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15 of the biggest Cricket World Cup controversies

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Gavaskar’s 36 runs off 174 balls in 60 overs (1975)

In the very first match of the inaugural World Cup, India faced England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, England, on June 7, 1975. With India’s target set for 335 runs from 60 overs, the audience expected a flurry of fours and sixes in the second innings. However, India could not catch up due to their Test match style of batting. The One Day International (ODI) format was still relatively new at the time and only 18 games of this type had been played prior to the World Cup. Still, Sunil Gavaskar’s score of 36 runs off 174 balls after batting for the full 60 overs is widely regarded as poor performance even by Test standards.

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