The Cricket World Cup 2019 is underway, and lots of fans from their respective countries took the pain to travel to England, just to fulfil their childhood dream of watching the World Cup live. This pain is surely worth taking, as you get to enjoy the atmosphere, meet like-minded people, and most importantly, witness some nerve-wracking moments live! Let’s have a look at some of the top moments the world cup has offered till date:
- “You dropped the catch, You dropped the cup”
Australia’s hat-trick of World Cups began from 1999, but there was a moment where they were seemingly out of the competition, without even reaching the semis! They faced South Africa in the quarter-finals, a team which was in their prime in that edition of the World Cup.
Australia’s reply to South Africa was shaky and at 48 for 3, captain Steve Waugh walked out to bat. As the innings progressed, Steve slapped a simple catch to Herschelle Gibbs at mid-wicket. Assuming he had caught the ball, he threw it in the air to celebrate the precious wicket, but the ball slipped to the ground and Steve Waugh played on to score 120. In a post-match interview, Waugh recalled telling Gibbs: “You’ve dropped the Cup mate”. Possibly, the costliest dropped catch in the history of the World Cup.
- India becomes the first country to win the World Cup on home soil
Mahindra Singh Dhoni facing Nuwan Kulasekara in the penultimate over of the final. Pin-drop silence at the Wankhede. A sixer over the mid-wicket region and India become the first ever nation to win the glorious Cup at home soil. The noise in the stadium is roof-shattering.
Probably a fitting farewell to the legend Sachin Tendulkar and the rise of future stars Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli. Gary Kirsten and the dressing room is in tears, and the beast Yuvraj Singh admits of being diagnosed with cancer, this Cup mean so much more to this Indian team, which finally got the chance to put their hands on the Cup after a long wait of 3 decades!
- New Zealand reach their first WC final, that too on home soil
Being hefty underdogs in a World Cup can be a lot of pressure to handle, and the pressure increases if you’re one of the host nations! But, this New Zealand lot had determination – loads of it, which showed in their 6 out of 6 wins in the Group Stage.
They further displayed their mettle in the quarters and semis too, leaving the likes of legends like Abraham Benjamin de Villiers in tears, to progress to the final match for their first time – against the co-hosts Australia. Truly said, a lot of pressure can be harmful sometimes, and this was visible in the 183 runs they managed to score, which the opponents chased in mere 34 overs. Though they did not manage to take the Cup home, this New Zealand team surely took people’s hearts away!
- Kapil Dev’s catch to win the Cup
Surpassing all the expectations to reach the final of the 1983 World Cup, the Indian team were on all-time high. But, their opponents – the mighty West Indies team of THAT era were on their way to a hat-trick of World Cups, and were seemingly on their way to a comfortable win after India had posted a low score of 183.
The Windies were looking strong enough to get their third Cup in a row, but then the Indian captain, Kapil Dev produced a bit of magic out of nowhere, running 18-20 yards to dismiss the top-scorer Sir Vivian Richards. Things turned out differently, and a collapse in the lower-order meant that the heavy underdogs since Day 1 – India had won the tournament by 43 runs! This might not feel as significant now, but the then-bowling attack of West Indies is still talked about by cricket enthusiasts all over the world!
- Wasim Akram’s comeback, the 1992 World Cup
Having lost to South Africa and arch-rivals India, the Pakistani players were not left with as much enthusiasm as they had while playing the first match in 1992. But, with the captaincy of Imran Khan, the team regrouped and managed to reach the final against England – against whom they were humiliated in the preliminary stages.
Reeling behind because of a 72-run partnership between Allan Lamb and Neil Fairbrother in 14 overs, the captain tossed the ball to Wasim Akram, in the hope of a breakthrough. In the 35th over, Akram bowled two of the most unplayable deliveries ever seen, and created a havoc which England couldn’t manage to get out of. Pakistan finally lifted the Cup after a series of ups and downs, and that has been their maiden World Cup till date.
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