How the host nation fared in each ODI World Cup
The last two cricket World Cups were won by one of the co-hosts and naturally, there is an overwhelming feeling that host nations will have a better chance of winning the coveted trophy in the near future.
However, that had not always been the case and till the 1996 World Cup, no co-host or host had ever won the tournament at home. That being said, they did not do too badly either and many of them did well before falling at the semi-final stage or in fact, in the finals. Here is a look at how the hosts performed at the quadrennial showpiece from 1975 to the 2015 editions of the tournament.
#11 England, 1975
England hosted the first World Cup back in 1975 and the hosts looked in outstanding form in the group stage. In the very first game, their opening batsman Dennis Amiss scored a brutal 137 and England piled up 334 against India. They won the game by 202 runs and in the same vein, other teams in Group A, New Zealand and East Africa were also beaten handsomely as England topped the group with a 100% record.
They were to face their old enemies Australia in the semi-final but that is the game that went horribly wrong for them as Australia's Gary Gilmour took 6 for 14 at gloomy Headingley to trigger England's collapse for only 93. Although the team did respond when they got to bowl, they went down by 4 wickets.