The year 1979 saw the second edition of the cricket World Cup being played. It was ground-breaking in many ways as it was played immediately the outcome of the Kerry Packer revolution that had divided cricket and made the organisers realise that money could be spun out of the sport. It became the first World Cup to require qualification and in the ICC trophy, 14 Associates competed for two spots.

The winners, Sri Lanka and runners-up Canada became the two non-Test playing teams to qualify for the tournament. West Indies, Australia, England, India, Pakistan and New Zealand were the usual Test sides that participated.

It was another exciting tournament and featured several closely contested matches. For India, the tournament was another disaster. In 1975, they at least managed to defeat East Africa, but this time around they lost all their group games which included a loss against the then minnows Sri Lanka.

In the end it was West Indies who dominated again. Let’s glance through some facts from the second edition of the World Cup.

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Designed by Sunil Lavate | Infographics by Suvajit Mustafi

(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sportsmarketer , strategist, entrepreneur,  philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully and rivu7)