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4 Teams That Won All 3 Major ICC Tournaments

Until last year, there were three major ICC tournaments i.e. The Cricket World Cup, World T20 Championship and Champions Trophy. In April 2018, The Champions Trophy was scrapped. There are a number of teams that have won any one, two or all three of these trophies. Australia has won the World Cup 5 times, and is also the Current Champion while Bangladesh hasn't won any of the three trophies yet.

However, there are 4 teams that have won all 3 of these major ICC tournaments. 3 of these teams belong to Asia. Some of these teams have also won a particular trophy multiple times. Here, we will list down these 4 teams and also discuss how much time it took for every team to win all 3 of these tournaments.

4. Pakistan:

Team Pakistan celebrating after winning the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. — by Ali Siddiqui
Team Pakistan celebrating after winning the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. — by Ali Siddiqui

Number of Trophies: 3

Time it took to win all 3 tournaments: 25 years

Pakistan has won all major ICC tournaments once. Pakistan won its first, and only World Cup in 1992 by defeating England under Imran Khan’s Captaincy. Pakistan’s second tournament win came after 17 years when Pakistan, under the captaincy of Younis Khan defeated Sri Lanka to win the second edition of World T20. In the last edition of ICC Champions trophy last year, Pakistan, under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed, defeated India to win its first Champions Trophy. Team Pakistan will always be remembered as the final team to win the ICC Champions Trophy.

3. Sri Lanka:

Team Sri Lanka won their first World Cup in 1996. — by Ali Siddiqui
Team Sri Lanka won their first World Cup in 1996. — by Ali Siddiqui

Number of Trophies: 3

Time it took to win all 3 tournaments: 18 years

Sri Lanka took the shortest time to capture all 3 ICC trophies for the first time. Arjuna Ranatunga led team Sri Lanka to victory in the 1996 World Cup final against team Australia. In 2002, Sri Lanka went head to head with India in the final of ICC Champions Trophy. Sri Lanka, led by Sanath Jayasuriya, scored 244 runs while team India’s innings had to be stopped due to rain after 2 overs. The final was postponed to the next day. Next day, Sri Lanka gave India a target of 223 runs and India’s innings had to be stopped once again due to rain after 8 overs. The final was then called off and both teams were announced as the joint winners of the tournament. 12 years later, Sri Lanka, under the captaincy of Lasith Malinga, defeated India by 6 wickets in the 2014 World T20 final to win the T20 World Championship for the first time.

2. West Indies:

West Indies won the first two editions of ICC World Cup in 1975 and 1979. — by Ali Siddiqui
West Indies won the first two editions of ICC World Cup in 1975 and 1979. — by Ali Siddiqui

Number of trophies: 5

Time it took to win all 3 tournaments: 37 years

West Indies won the first 2 editions of ICC World Cup (also called Prudential Cup then) in 1975 and 1979 by defeating Australia and England in the final respectively. The concept of One Day Cricket was still new back then. West Indies, under the captaincy of Brian Lara, defeated England in the final once again on 25th September, 2004 to win their first and only ICC Champions Trophy. West Indies then went on to defeat Sri Lanka and England to win the ICC World T20 Championships in 2012 and 2016 respectively under the captaincy of Darren Sammy. In the 2016th edition of World T20, there was an issue over pay but regardless, the team managed to win.

1. India:

Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni, the 2 World Cup winning captains for Team India.  — by Ali Siddiqui
Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni, the 2 World Cup winning captains for Team India.  — by Ali Siddiqui

Number of trophies: 5

Time it took to win all 3 tournaments: 24 years

In the final of 1983’s World Cup (Prudential Cup), Team India, under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, defeated the defending Champions (West Indies) to win the third edition of ICC Cricket World Cup. 19 years later, Team India (led by Sourav Ganguly) and Team Sri Lanka were declared as the joint winners of Champions Trophy 2002 after the final had to be stopped due to the rain, 2 days in a row. In 2007, MS Dhoni became the Captain of Team India in ODI’s and T20’s. Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, Team India won the inaugural World T20 Tournament in 2007 by defeating Pakistan in the final, won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup by defeating Sri Lanka in the final, and also won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 by defeating England in the final. In almost 6 years, team India won all the major ICC tournaments, and that too under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, creating 2 records, one for the shortest time to win all major ICC tournaments and another one for winning all tournaments under the captaincy of the same player.

This article was originally published on @alisidd123