11 bowlers who bowled the first ball of the 11 World Cups
- Shafiul Islam from Bangladesh bowled the first ball of 2011 World Cup to Indian opener Virender Sehwag who smashed it for a fantastic four
ICC Cricket World Cup brought a drastic change in the history of cricket from the year 1975. The World Cup became a cricket festival for the fans, taking place after every four years and lasting around 2-3 months. During these days, the audiences were always on the edge of their seats thanks to some of the most nail-biting matches of the mega-event of cricket.
The first Cricket World Cup in 1975 brought a drastic change in the game of cricket. It was played between eight nations, including Sri Lanka and ‘East Africa’. So far, 11 editions have been played from 1975 to 2015 and while 20 nations have competed at the World Cup, only five have won it.
The first match is the end to a wait of fours years for both fans and players. Eleven bowlers have so far etched their name in the history books by bowling the first ball of the mega-event. Here’s a list of each.
#1 1975 World Cup - Madan Lal, India
The inaugural edition of the World Cup was a unique one due to its format. It was a 60-over World Cup which was played for the first time in the year 1975 and was hosted by England. The 2 mighty nations, India and England met in the opening match of this World Cup.
Madan Lal from India etched his name in the history by bowling the first ball of World Cup to Dennis Amiss. Though India lost the match by 202 runs, Madan Lal made history by becoming the first bowler to bowl in a Cricket World Cup.