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Oddly, England were quite good at ODIs in 1987. I remember us winning both ODI tournaments that were part of the Ashes tour in 1986/87, and a quick bit of research tells me that we also beat Pakistan in the 1987 home series. After the WC, I think we whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in the one-dayers that preceded the Gatting-Rana Trophy. About six months later we beat WI 3-0 in the ODIs that preceded the test matches. All of this under Gatting's captaincy. His track record when leading us in ODIs was quite something.1987 is just funny. I'm still not sure how not especially good Australia/England teams found themselves in a World Cup Final in India. It's not like the two were dominating World Cricket at the time!!
Going back to the 1987 WC, I suppose the WI attack was nullified by the pitches in Pakistan and India. The big turn-ups were the semi-finals, where the two home countries messed up when chasing. My two memories of the India/England semi-final are Gooch's outstanding hundred and Kapil holing out at deep mid-wicket against Hemmings when we thought he'd probably go on and win the match.