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Most consecutive wins in World Cup matches for India and other teams

A statistical look at all the winning streaks in World Cup and ODI history

MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina
MS Dhoni has led India to 11 consecutive World Cup victories so far

India is having a great run at the ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. They have beaten all the teams they faced so far including top teams like South Africa, and Pakistan. Seven matches, seven straight victories plus dismissing the opponents in all the seven matches sums up India’s performance at the tournament so far.

The subcontinent nation had won their last four matches in the last World Cup as well which include the last match of the group stage and then the quarter-final, semi-final and the final. Thus, India now has 11 consecutive victories in World Cup matches.

How many teams have won 11 or more consecutive matches in World Cups? The obvious answer should be Australia, who won the 2003 and 2007 World Cup undefeated all through; apart from Australian team, any other team?

No. Apart from Australia no one has won even won 10 consecutive World Cup matches. Australia won 25 consecutive matches from 1999 to 2011. India has 11 and the tally is unbroken still. If India wins the World Cup, they will have 13 consecutive victories in World Cup matches in 9 victories without any loss in this World Cup.

Most consecutive wins in World Cup matches

Wins

Team

Start of streak

End of streak

25

Australia

Vs Pakistan, Lord's, 20 June 1999

Vs New Zealand, Nagpur, 25 February 2011

11*

India

Vs West Indies, Chennai, 20 March 2011

-

9

West Indies

Vs Sri Lanka, Manchester, 7 June 1975

Vs England, Lord's, 23 June 1979

8

India

Vs Zimbabwe, Harare, 19 February 2003

Vs Kenya, Durban, 20 March 2003

7

New Zealand

Vs Australia, Auckland, 22 February 1992

Vs England, Wellington, 15 March 1992

7

Pakistan

Vs Australia, Perth, 11 March 1992

Vs Netherlands, Lahore, 26 February 1996

West Indies won all their first nine matches in World Cups (1975 and 1979) before losing to India in their first match of the 1983 World Cup thus ending a nine-match winning streak in World Cups. Since then, the best they have done is six consecutive victories, which they achieved in the third World Cup (1983). They never won more than four matches on the trot after that.

New Zealand had won all their first seven matches of the 1992 World Cup which they co-hosted along with Australia. They lost to Pakistan in the last league match and then in the semi-finals to the same opponents to bring the curtains down on their World Cup campaign.

India lost to Australia in their second match of the 2003 World Cup and then won eight straight matches but lost in the final, once again to Australia.

Most consecutive wins in a single World Cup

Matches

Team

World Cup

11

Australia

2003

11

Australia

2003

8

Australia

2003

7

New Zealand

1992

7*

India

2015

6

West Indies

2013

6

Sri Lanka

1996

6

New Zealand

2007

6*

New Zealand

2015

India have won 7 matches in a row en route to the semi-final at the ongoing World Cup. New Zealand won seven consecutive matches in 1992, six in 2007 and have six wins on the trot in the current edition.

West Indies (1975, 1979), Sri Lanka (1996) and Australia (2003, 2007) are the only teams to win a World Cup without losing a single match throughout the tournament.

India’s 11 consecutive World Cup wins so far

Date

Against

Venue

Scores

Victory Margin

Man of the Match

20-Mar-11

West Indies

Chennai

Ind 268 (49.1), WI 188 (43)

80 runs

Yuvraj Singh

24-Mar-11

Australia

Ahmedabad

Aus 260/6 (50), Ind 261/5 (47.4)

5 wickets

Yuvraj Singh

30-Mar-11

Pakistan

Mohali

Ind 260/9 (50), Pak 231 (49.5)

29 runs

Sachin Tendulkar

02-Apr-11

Sri Lanka

Mumbai

SL 274/6 (50), Ind 277/4 (48.2)

6 wickets

MS Dhoni

15-Feb-15

Pakistan

Adelaide

Ind 300/7 (50), Pak 224 (47)

76 runs

Virat Kohli

22-Feb-15

South Africa

Melbourne

Ind 307/7 (50), SA 177 (40.2)

130 runs

Shikhar Dhawan

28-Feb-15

U.A.E.

Perth

UAE 102 (31.3), Ind 104/1 (18.5)

9 wickets

Ravichandran Ashwin

06-Mar-15

West Indies

Perth

WI 182 (44.2), Ind 185/6 (39.1)

4 wickets

Mohammad Shami

10-Mar-15

Ireland

Hamilton

Ire 259 (49), Ind 260/2 (36.5)

8 wickets

Shikhar Dhawan

14-Mar-15

Zimbabwe

Auckland

Zim 287 (48.5), Ind 288/4 (48.4)

6 wickets

Suresh Raina

19-Mar-15

Bangladesh

Melbourne

Ind 302/6 (50), Ban 193 (45)

109 runs

Rohit Sharma

In their 11 consecutive World Cup wins, India have beaten five of the top eight nations. They haven’t faced New Zealand and England yet.

Most consecutive wins for India in ODIs

Wins

From

End

9

Vs England, Rajkot, 14 November 2008

Vs Sri Lanka, Colombo (RPS), 5 February 2009

8

Vs Pakistan, Melbourne, 20 February 1985

Vs Sri Lanka, Colombo (SSC), 25 August 1985

8

Vs Zimbabwe, Harare, 19 February 2003

Vs Kenya, Durban, 20 March 2003

8

Vs Pakistan, Rawalpindi, 11 February 2006

Vs England, Kochi, 6 April 2006

8

Vs West Indies, Port of Spain, 5 July 2013

Vs Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, 3 August 2013

India won nine consecutive matches in 2008-09, which is their longest streak of consecutive victories in ODIs. If India wins the World Cup this time, they can emulate that feat and have a chance of breaking their record.

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