Every year the international cricket council organizes lots of tournaments. Basically, the ICC organizes 4 tournaments every year. Those tournaments are- T20 World Cup, Champions Trophy, World Cup, and World test Championship. After every two years, the T20 world cup and the Champions Trophy takes place whereas the World Cup takes place after every four years. And the World Championship happened for the first time and the winner is New Zealand. The matches continue throughout the years and the winner is decided at the final between two teams. Let us take a look at every inaugural ICC tournament winner.
1. West Indies
The first-ever biggest tournament in One-Day International cricket took place in 1975. The inaugural of the men’s cricket world cup was organized by ICC in 1975. The venue was England and it was played from 7 June to 21st June. West Indies became the first country to win the World Cup in the Lord’s. Australia and West Indies played the final where West Indies defeated Australia by 17 runs and became the first world cup winners. The contribution of the captain was immense in the game as he made the most number of runs for the team by making 102. As a result, the captain of the West Indies team, Clive Lloyd became the Player of the Match.
2. South Africa
The inaugural of the the ICC Champions Trophy took place in 1998. Back then Champions Trophy was denoted as Mini World Cup. The final match between West Indies and South Africa was exciting and very thrilling. The match was in the hand of West Indies till the first 75 overs. Then entered Hansie Cronje and his crew. The match took an entire turn and South Africa became the first ever winner of the Champions Trophy under the captaincy of Hansie Cronje. The worldwide famous all rounder, Jacques Kallis became the player of the match and player of the tournament as well.
Under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India won the inaugural 2007 ICC T20 World Cup final in the Imperial Wanderers Stadium. The final was the most exciting match as it was between the biggest rivals- India and Pakistan. Gautam Gambhir scoreboard 75 runs from 54 balls and became the highest run-scorer of the final. Irfan Khan bowled for 4 overs and gave only 16 runs by picking up 3 wickets. Also, Irfan Khan became the man of the match and Shahid Afridi became the man of the series.
4. New Zealand
It has not been even a week since the World Test Championship final. After long two years, India and New Zealand played the finals in the Southampton stadium. The intensified final was disturbed by England’s rainy weather quite a few times but the match was extended and New Zealand became the first-ever champion of the inaugural World Test Championship. The performance of the New Zealand team was exactly how a team should play in the finals. Starting from bowling to batting to fielding they gave their best and no wonders why they won the series as well.
The newest addition to the Kiwi bowling lineup, Kyle Jamieson became the man of the match for his outstanding display on the field. He destroyed the Indian batting lineup by picking up the most crucial wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant. The entire team showed outstanding performance under the captaincy of Kane Williamson. As a result, they won the first-ever World Test Championship.