Cricket World Cup 2003

Cricket World Cup 2003



Jack, Mack, Jill,



South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya,


One Day International,

First Tournament: 1975

Tournament Winner: Australia

How Many Runs: 5289 (Sachin Tendulkar 673, Sourav Ganguly 465, Ricky Ponting 415)

How Many Wickets: 241 (Chaminda Vaas 23, Brett Lee 22, Glenn McGrath 21)

The 2003 Cricket World Cup, held in the African countries of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya, signified a significant accomplishment across various aspects. This marked the inaugural occasion on which the tournament was held in Africa, highlighting the worldwide presence of the sport and its capacity for expansion beyond its customary strongholds. This edition coincided with a period of significant global transformation, as the early 21st century witnessed notable progress in technology and intricate geopolitical dynamics. Against this context, the 2003 World Cup constituted a worldwide congregation that surpassed the realm of sports, presenting an opportunity for intercultural interchange and global amity.

The event itself was replete with occurrences of dramatic nature, unexpected outcomes, and occurrences that have subsequently left an indelible mark in the chronicles of cricketing history. Australia’s undeniable supremacy was conspicuously demonstrated as they advanced unscathed to seize the championship, nevertheless, the tournament was by no means a lopsided contest. Teams such as Kenya confounded conventional predictions as they advanced to the semi-finals, whereas renowned powerhouses encountered a blend of triumph and disgrace. Occurrences such as India’s remarkable advancement to the finals and the profound impact of matches involving Zimbabwe within a backdrop of heightened political tension infused additional dimensions of intricacy into the storyline. The 2003 Cricket World Cup, henceforth, served as more than just a competition to ascertain the leading cricketing nation; rather, it encompassed various dimensions that intriguingly intersected with wider social, political, and cultural influences. In accomplishing this task, it effectively encapsulated the numerous ways in which cricket functions as a metaphorical tool for examining and comprehending broader global motifs.

Cricket World Cup 2003 Venues

Country City Venue Capacity Matches
South Africa Johannesburg Wanderers Stadium 34,000 5
South Africa Durban Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 25,000 5
South Africa Cape Town Newlands Cricket Ground 25,000 5
South Africa Centurion Centurion Park 23,000 5
South Africa Bloemfontein Goodyear Park 20,000 5
South Africa Port Elizabeth St George’s Oval 19,000 5
South Africa Potchefstroom North West Cricket Stadium 18,000 3
South Africa East London Buffalo Park 16,000 3
South Africa Kimberley De Beers Diamond Oval 11,000 3
South Africa Paarl Boland Park 10,000 3
South Africa Benoni Willowmoore Park 20,000 2
South Africa Pietermaritzburg Pietermaritzburg Oval 12,000 2
Zimbabwe Harare Harare Sports Club 10,000 3
Zimbabwe Bulawayo Queens Sports Club 9,000 3
Kenya Nairobi Nairobi Gymkhana Club 8,000 2

The Cricket World Cup of 2003 was jointly held in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya and featured a diverse range of notable venues. Significant locations in South Africa encompass Johannesburg’s Wanderers Stadium, renowned for its lively ambiance, and Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban, acclaimed for its picturesque surroundings. Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town and Centurion Park played host to multiple matches. Zimbabwe and Kenya were additionally designated as hosts, with the Harare Sports Club, Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, and Nairobi Gymkhana Club being identified as the respective venues for the said event. The inclusion of various heterogeneous environments significantly augmented the triumph of the tournament, while simultaneously exemplifying the extensive allure of cricket.

Cricket World Cup 2003 Team List

Team Captain
Australia Ricky Ponting
England Nasser Hussain
South Africa Shaun Pollock
India Sourav Ganguly
New Zealand Stephen Fleming
West Indies Carl Hooper
Pakistan Waqar Younis
Sri Lanka Sanath Jayasuriya
Zimbabwe Heath Streak
Bangladesh Khaled Mahmud
Kenya Steve Tikolo
Canada Joseph Harris
Namibia Deon Kotze
Netherlands Roland Lefebvre

The 2003 Cricket World Cup encompassed a total of fourteen participating teams, which marked the highest count thus far. The ten nations involved in Test cricket were granted automatic qualification for participation, encompassing the recent inclusion of Bangladesh, as well as Kenya, which obtained full One Day International status. The final trio of teams, namely Netherlands, Canada, and the newcomer Namibia, acquired their positions in the esteemed 2001 ICC Trophy held in Canada. The tournament structure replicated the format employed in the 1999 World Cup, wherein participating teams were categorically divided into two distinct groups, each comprising seven teams. The three highest-ranking participants from each group proceeded to the Super Sixes phase, incorporating their performances against other successful contenders. The highest-ranked quartet in the Super Sixes phase advanced to the semi-final round, ultimately converging in the conclusive championship encounter.

Cricket World Cup 2003 Schedule and Results

Pool A

Date Match Details Results
10 February 2003 Zimbabwe vs. Namibia Zimbabwe won by 86 runs (D/L method)
11 February 2003 Australia vs. Pakistan Australia won by 82 runs
12 February 2003 India vs. Netherlands India won by 68 runs
13 February 2003 Zimbabwe vs. England Zimbabwe won (walkover without a ball bowled)
15 February 2003 India vs. Australia Australia won by 9 wickets
16 February 2003 Netherlands vs. England England won by 6 wickets
16 February 2003 Pakistan vs. Namibia Pakistan won by 171 runs
19 February 2003 India vs. Zimbabwe India won by 83 runs
19 February 2003 England vs. Namibia England won by 55 runs
20 February 2003 Australia vs. Netherlands Australia won by 75 runs (D/L method)
22 February 2003 England vs. Pakistan England won by 112 runs
23 February 2003 India vs. Namibia India won by 181 runs
24 February 2003 Zimbabwe vs. Australia Australia won by 7 wickets
25 February 2003 Pakistan vs. Netherlands Pakistan won by 97 runs
26 February 2003 India vs. England India won by 82 runs
27 February 2003 Australia vs. Namibia Australia won by 256 runs
28 February 2003 Zimbabwe vs. Netherlands Zimbabwe won by 99 runs
1 March 2003 Pakistan vs. India India won by 6 wickets
2 March 2003 England vs. Australia Australia won by 2 wickets
3 March 2003 Netherlands vs. Namibia Netherlands won by 64 runs
4 March 2003 Pakistan vs. Zimbabwe No result

Pool B

Date Match Details Results
9 February 2003 West Indies vs. South Africa West Indies won by 3 runs
10 February 2003 Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand Sri Lanka won by 47 runs
11 February 2003 Canada vs. Bangladesh Canada won by 60 runs
12 February 2003 Kenya vs. South Africa South Africa won by 10 wickets
13 February 2003 New Zealand vs. West Indies New Zealand won by 20 runs
14 February 2003 Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
15 February 2003 Canada vs. Kenya Kenya won by 4 wickets
16 February 2003 South Africa vs. New Zealand New Zealand won by 9 wickets (D/L method)
18 February 2003 West Indies vs. Bangladesh No result
19 February 2003 Canada vs. Sri Lanka Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets
21 February 2003 Kenya vs. New Zealand Kenya won (walkover without a ball bowled)
22 February 2003 Bangladesh vs. South Africa South Africa won by 10 wickets
23 February 2003 Canada vs. West Indies West Indies won by 7 wickets
24 February 2003 Kenya vs. Sri Lanka Kenya won by 53 runs
26 February 2003 Bangladesh vs. New Zealand New Zealand won by 7 wickets
27 February 2003 South Africa vs. Canada South Africa won by 118 runs
28 February 2003 Sri Lanka vs. West Indies Sri Lanka won by 6 runs
1 March 2003 Kenya vs. Bangladesh Kenya won by 32 runs
3 March 2003 Canada vs. New Zealand New Zealand won by 5 wickets
3 March 2003 Sri Lanka vs. South Africa Match tied (D/L method)
4 March 2003 West Indies vs. Kenya West Indies won by 142 runs

Super Sixes

Date Match Details Results
7 March 2003 Australia vs. Sri Lanka Australia won by 96 runs
7 March 2003 Kenya vs. India India won by 6 wickets
8 March 2003 Zimbabwe vs. New Zealand New Zealand won by 6 wickets
8 March 2003 South Africa vs. West Indies South Africa won by 67 runs
10 March 2003 India vs. Sri Lanka India won by 183 runs
11 March 2003 Australia vs. New Zealand Australia won by 96 runs
12 March 2003 Zimbabwe vs. Kenya Kenya won by 7 wickets
14 March 2003 New Zealand vs. India India won by 7 wickets
15 March 2003 Sri Lanka vs. Zimbabwe Sri Lanka won by 74 runs
15 March 2003 Australia vs. Kenya Australia won by 5 wickets


Date Match Details Results
18 March 2003 Australia vs. Sri Lanka Australia won by 48 runs (D/L method)
20 March 2003 India vs. Kenya India won by 91 runs


Date Match Details Results
23 March 2003 Australia vs. India Australia won by 125 runs


The 2003 Cricket World Cup consisted of two stages: a group stage and a knockout stage. The top three teams from each group in the group stage advanced to the Super Six stage, with the top four teams from there moving on to the semi-finals.
Australia, India, Sri Lanka, and Kenya were the top performing teams, making it to the semi-finals. Australia and India played in the final, with Australia emerging as the champions.
India performed exceptionally well in the 2003 World Cup, making it to the final. However, they lost to Australia in the final match.
Teams were awarded 4 points for a win, 2 points for a tie or no result, and 0 points for a loss in matches against other qualified teams. For matches against non-qualified teams, a win gave 1 point, a tie or no result gave 0.5 points, and a loss gave 0 points.
Some notable events included New Zealand's forfeit of their match against Kenya due to safety concerns, the historic performance of Kenya reaching the semi-finals, and the dominance of the Australian team throughout the tournament.
There were many standout players including Sachin Tendulkar of India, Ricky Ponting of Australia, and Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka. Tendulkar was the top run scorer of the tournament and Ponting scored a century in the final. Vaas achieved a rare feat of taking a hat-trick with the first three balls of a match against Bangladesh.
The Australian cricket team won the 2003 Cricket World Cup. They defeated India in the final match.
The 2003 Cricket World Cup was hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.


The 2003 Cricket World Cup represented a notable milestone in the annals of the sport, serving as a platform for the burgeoning global appeal of cricket and underscoring Australia’s resounding supremacy in the initial years of the 21st century. Australia’s impeccable performance exemplified their superior cricketing tactics and implementation, culminating in their triumphant acquisition of their third World Cup championship.

India’s impressive performance in the tournament served to emphasize their emergence as a dominant force in the sport of cricket, with the extraordinary performance of Sachin Tendulkar setting unprecedented benchmarks of excellence within the cricketing arena. While Kenya’s exceptional performance leading up to the semifinals illustrated the capacity of non-traditional cricketing nations to succeed at the highest echelons of the sport.

The tournament garnered significant attention for its off-field concerns, whereby security apprehensions prompted England and New Zealand to forfeit their matches against Zimbabwe and Kenya, respectively. This emphasizes the broader societal and political concerns pertaining to global sporting events.

The 2003 Cricket World Cup served as a means of consolidating cricket’s global standing, captivating audiences internationally through compelling matches, remarkable individual displays, and instances of controversy. The tournament’s enduring impact encompasses ardent enthusiasm, unwavering determination, and the profound influence of athletic endeavors in fostering unity among individuals irrespective of demarcations.