Cricket World Cup Records : Milestones In The Gentleman’s Game!
India is a land of unity in diversity. Going by this phrase, adequate inference can be drawn on the lines of vivid faiths and beliefs governing the lives of people here. Several factors come into picture upon considering any individual or a particular community in this country. Of all the factors that classify people, there is one religion to which almost every Indian is an ardent devotee… it’s the religion of Cricket! Cricket runs more than skin-deep into the veins of Indians; it touches the core of the heart and soul. To the world it might come across as just a sport, but here in India it is implied in bold and capitals that “Cricket is our religion and Sachin is our God”. Five out of every kid in this country aspires to reach great heights as our ‘little Master’. This is one sport that unites the entire nation during major tournaments and championships.
ICC World Cup : Rightly Called The Mother Of All Cricket Tournaments And World Championships!
The ICC cricket World Cup is undoubtedly the biggest stage for all professional cricketers, sponsors and above all the fans to cast their mark in the global arena. This massive two month long cricket duel comprises of all recognized cricket playing nations battling for supremacy. A battle which tests the wit and skills of every individual performing, a battle which lets the world audience witness the abundance of the talent young lads has in store.
The concept of introducing this intense cricketing format was started in England in the year 1975. Played once every four years, this tournament contests top ten cricket teams across the globe. However, the recent editions of world cup have seen more participation as the number of teams went up to 14 in the 2011 edition. Currently Indians are the champions of the world till the current edition of world cup which is in progress concludes. Australia is the most successful team winning four times followed by India and West Indies winning twice each. Pakistan and Srilanka have one successful world cup campaign each added to their glory.
The Ultimate Crown : The World Cup!
With the stage set so big, it takes big heroics to acquire the ultimate prize, the ‘World Cup’. Every edition of this flamboyant venture sees many heroes’ rising, sees players crack under pressure and sees a few magnificent men who rise to the occasion. Martin Crowe, the New Zealand cricketer, won the player of the tournament scoring 456 runs in the 1992 edition. The master blaster Sachin Tendulkar won the same honour in 2003 edition by scoring a mammoth 673 runs and taking two wickets. Another Indian to win this prestigious award was Yuvraj Singh in the 2011 edition by scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wickets. ‘Man of the tournament’ is an award that is presented to a player after analysing the performance by scrutinizing runs and averages for all the matches in the tournament.
With so much said and known about the World Cup, it indeed takes a herculean task for any team to survive the league matches, perform at the knockouts and stay cool headed for the big finale game. The finals of any edition of world cup serves to be a treat for any cricket lover. In these high pressure situations, where the best of the talents fail to perform, there emerge a few players who push it to the limit and create history. Adam Gilchrist is one of the most finest and dangerous batsmen in the history of the game. Once “gilly” (as he is commonly known) gets going it takes a firing of few canon guns to bring him down! The 2007 world cup final saw Gilly hammer 149 runs in the final match. This historic innings not only won Australia the title but this score still remains unbeatable in any world cup final so far.
Man Of The Match : Breath-taking Performances And Record Breaking Figures!
People often mistake cricket to be a batsman’s game. Wasim Akram won the man of the match for his fantastic bowling figures in the finals during the 1992 world cup. Wicket-keeper batsman M.S. Dhoni from India smashed a powerful 91 runs in the finals of 2011 world cup which led India to a historic victory. Mohinder Amarnath showcased a brilliant all-round performance to notch the first world cup win for India in the finals of the 1983 world cup. Every year this cricketing format gives room for several breath-taking performances that leaves spectators spellbound. One such magical innings was played by Ricky Ponting of Australia in the finals of 2003 world cup. His massive knock of 140 against good Indian bowling was the icing on the cake for the entire tournament. This era marked the growth of a superior Australian side, supporting this statement is the record breaking 26wickets feat by Glenn McGrath in the 2007 world cup. His heroics not only won Australia the tournament but also got him the highest honour of man of the tournament.
“To Know” facts about ICC World Cup
- Aussies (commonly used for referring to the Australian Cricket Team) kept an unbeaten winning streak in the 2003 edition of the tournament. This feat has not been achieved by any nation till date. However their invincible run continued in the 2007 world cup as well, where the team went through the whole tournament unbeaten!
- Adam Gilchrist holds a personal record for most number of runs scored in the world cup finals. His final score in the final match being 149, just one short of a 150!
- Sri Lankan world cup winning tale has a mixture of some fine cricket and few controversies as well. Raising eyebrows over the security factor, the Australian team along with West Indies refused to appear for matches in Sri Lanka; hence the result was drawn in favour of the Lankans. Their run continued when they were awarded semi-final win over India owing to crowd lights issue. However the final stage was set wherein Srilanka battled the mighty Aussies and tasted success!
- The 2003 world cup finals witnessed Ricky Ponting smash a massive 140 runs against India. This performance propelled them to reach a sky-high score of 359. After the innings break, India was however bundled out for 234 runs and Australia claimed yet another success.
- Team Australia has a total world cup tally of 4 which is still unbeaten by any nation.
- Post the 1999 loss with Pakistan, Australia didn’t lose any match after the defeat.
- The 1992 world cup saw tremendous changes being introduced in the game. The traditional red ball was replaced with the white one. This world cup also saw teams’ wearing their colour jersey’s replacing the white ones.
World cup has seen several nail-biting situations at the knockout stages. The most fondly remembered is the match against South Africa where the Aussies with great difficulty reduced their batting order to ashes and rose to win an absolute thriller! Indian captain’s knock in the 2011 world cup registering a solid platform for a perfect victory is also one of the most exciting encounters in the Englishman’s Game so far. India’s 1983 world cup clinch was a magical moment for most of the audience as critics had written Indian team off much before the start of the match! Some of these great cricketers have found their own space carved in the hall of fame of history. A space for which they played as a team, played for their nation and above all played for the true spirit of the game!