#OnThisDay Clive Lloyd helped West Indies lift the 1975 World Cup trophy

21 June 1975 – It was the first-ever Cricket World Cup final and West Indies captain Clive Lloyd rose to the occasion, led by front and helped West Indies lift the 1975 Prudential World Cup.

Clive Lloyd’s men were up against Australia. The baggy green led by Ian Chappell opted to field first and West Indies did not have a great start. West Indies were put on the backfoot by Aussie bowling attack as they found themselves in dire straits. The scoreboard showed West Indies 50 for 3.

Then entered Rohan Kanhai and Clive Lloyd. Both players steadied the ship and shifted the pressure on to the opposition. They made a 151-runs partnership and took West Indies on course to make 300+. Clive Lloyd fell after making 85-balls-102 while Kanhai fell to Gary Gilmour on 55.

Useful cameos from Keith Boyce and Bernard Julien took West Indies to a total of 291. In reply, Australia fell 18 runs short and West Indies won the first-ever World Cup on the soil of London.

Ian Chappell’s 62 went in vain as Clive Lloyd went onto lift the trophy.

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