Cricket World Cup 2015 kicked off amidst great excitement and expectations of a billion fluttering hearts in Australia and New Zealand. Even the Google page reflected the various encounters of the World Cup. The exquisite stadiums at Melbourne and Sydney were breathtaking. The glitzy World Cup logo was perfect too. With the islanders hosting the World Cup after twenty three years, the home crowd had lapped it up.
The experience of cascading events that dot a World Cup has been as usual set alight by the club of participating teams across the globe. This Cricket World Cup had proffered a splendid array of images that had made the gallery of the 2015 eleventh edition a pleasure to relish. The cricketing extravaganza started with New Zealand shrugging off Sri Lanka with ease.
Some of the lingering ones includes fiery fast bowler Mitchell Starc, unorthodox Glenn Maxwell, classy Virat Kohli and elegant Ab de villers.
West Indian Chris Gayle sparkled with the first ever Cricket World Cup double hundred against Zimbabwe. However, it was Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill, who is also the leading run scorer of the tournament, blazed his way to an unbeaten 237 against the West Indies that completely overshadowed Gayle’s efforts. This World Cup also witnessed the superb performances of left arm fast bowlers – Pakistani Wahab Riaz, Australian Mitchell Starc and New Zealand’s Trent Boult, who had really made the ball talk with their swing and pace. This four year mega event has been fantastic throughout.
It was heartbreak for the Indian fans after the 2011 champions bowed out to hosts Australia in the semi-final. On the other hand, it was a total feast for New Zealand, who went unbeaten into the final.
Senior players like Mahela Jaywardhane, Daniel Vettori, Kumar Sangakkara and Micheal Clarke will not be seen again in a Cricket World Cup event. Only Micheal Clarke got a fitting farewell with Australia becoming the World champions. It was a sparking Australian win after they faltered in the 2011 edition.
Gleen Maxwell’s innovative stroke play will never be forgotten. Ab de villers, the captain of the South African cricket team, had a marvelous outing with the bat. Mitchell Starc’s unbelievable Yorkers had every batsman struggling. No doubt, he was the highest wicket taker of the tournament. All this brilliant performances will keep me waiting for the next episode in England in 2019.
The entire event was so glamorous that even the famous Australian sledging could not spoil it. Cricket World Cups are the most fascinating games in the history of mankind that leaves its indelible mark in the memory lane of die-hard cricket fans.