Cricket World Cup 1975. Excerpts from Indra Vikram Singh’s book ‘The Big Book of World Cup Cricket’

All the eight teams with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace before the start of the cricket World Cup 1975.

Cricket World Cup. How the great spectacle began in 1975.

Deryck Murray pulled off a dramatic win over Pakistan in an exciting last-wicket stand with Andy Roberts.

Dramatic last-wicket stand between Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts.

The great Dennis Lillee bagged a five-wicket haul on the very first day of the World Cup.

Dennis Lillee’s devastating five-wicket haul against Pakistan, the first-ever in the World Cup.

Little West Indies left-hander Alvin Kallicharan’s exhilarating strokeplay against the legendary speedster Dennis Lillee brought the house down.

Alvin Kallicharan’s blistering attack on Dennis Lillee.

The resilient Sri Lankan batsmen refused to be cowed down by the fast and furious Jeff Thomson.

Courageous Sri Lankans stand up to terrifying Thommo.

The Aussie southpaw put up a brilliant allround show against England to carry his team into the final.

Gary Gilmour’s star turn in the semi-final.

In a see-saw battle, the West Indies clinched the first Prudential World Cup, pipping Australia as the shadows lengthened on this mid-summer day at Lord’s.

A glorious finale.

(Author Indra Vikram Singh can be contacted on email

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The Big Book of World Cup Cricket 1975-2011

Published in India by Sporting Links

ISBN 978-81-901668-4-3

Available on Amazon at an attractive


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