Some of the best moments of World Cup – The ICC Cricket World Cup has seen some of the most scintillating moments of the game of cricket. From MS Dhoni’s berserk innings to take India home at Mumbai to Rickey Ponting’s 140 against India, such moments always leave their mark on the minds of the fans. Presenting some of those moments here which won hearts of millions of Cricket fans:
Some of the best moments of World Cup
Lasith Malinga’s 4 wickets in 4 balls
Sri Lanka and South Africa met at one of the crucial matches in the super eight stages at the ICC Cricket World cup 2007 in the Caribbean. This World Cup was one of the tournaments where batting first seemed to lose all the matches till this match which sent a furore amongst the teams with Lasith Malinga taking 4 wickets in 4 balls.
The match was at a crucial moment with South Africa requiring 4 runs while having 5 wickets in hand. This was almost a single side match until Malinga came into bowling. He outfoxed Shaun Pollock with a slower ball to get his leg before wicket. This breakthrough pumped new blood in Malinga with his next ball, a slower ball again, when Andrew Hall scooted the delivery to covers.
The last two balls of Malinga’s over cost SA two wickets. Coming back again in the next over, Jacques Kallis’ nicked one behind the stumps to depart at well-made 86 runs to secure his first hat-trick in the World Cup. He sent panic into the South African side with his next delivery by bowling Makhaya Ntini out. This was termed as one of the biggest moments in the game.
Kevin O’Brien blasts England off with a 50 ball Century
England saw one of the bitterest sides of the game of cricket when it was blasted by Kevin O’Brien in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Batting first, England posted a daunting total of 327 in 50 over with contributions coming from Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell, all of whom hit the fifties. 327 looked monumental given that Ireland started poorly with Captain Willian Porterfield dragging the first bowl of the chase into his stumps. Ireland saw some cameos from Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, and Niall O’Brien but the asking rate kept on increasing. Ireland soon found itself in trouble tottering at 111 for five. Ireland’s chances were soon but over.
In came Kevin O’Brien and turned the match on its head. He took a special liking to Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy who were hard to hit by other batsmen. Anything on the stumps was swapped to the leg side while the balls on the off side were hit down the ground. His first six came in the 27th over off Swann over mid-wicket. Cusack was providing crucial support at the other end as well.
a couple of boundaries and England were derailed sooner than expected. The batsmen completed their fifty run stands with 31 balls needing 162 runs off 120 balls. On some occasions, Kevin also saw the brighter side of luck when a simple edge flew past wicketkeeper to the boundary. He was unstoppable as he brought his hundred off 50 balls before handing Ireland its first victory of the world cup. The batting fiasco was termed one of the best considering the situation from where Kevin O’Brien won the game for England.
Some of the best moments of World Cup
Gilchrist blasts Sri Lanka out of finals with a blistering 147
Adam Gilchrist was playing his third consecutive finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup. He had a history of having great finals with the first one where he hit 54 off 36 balls against Pakistan in 1999. In the next finals, he hit 57 from 48 balls against India in 2003 world cup finals. The Australian team was hoping of a similar knock from the southpaw and he didn’t disappoint.
Once he hit Chaminda Vaas for a six and a four in his second over, there was no turning back for Gilchrist. He hit most of his sixes on the leg side or down the ground while hitting Tillakaratne Dilshan for the second time in an over. Muralitharan and Jayasuriya too saw the rage of his blade. Once he was dropped at 31 by Dilhara Fernando, he took the game to the bowlers by slamming his 15th ODI hundred off just 75 balls. With this inning, he single-handedly ensured that the total was enough for the Sri Lankan side to ensure Australia of its fourth CWC title.