ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 came to an end and co-hosts Australia won the world championship for the fifth time. The tournament left us memories that will go on to live forever.
ARYSports.tv endorses some of the amazing moments in the tournament.
Pakistan’s remarkable comeback:
Pakistan team led by captain Misbah-ul-Haq made a tremedous recovery in the mega event after losing their first two games in the pool stage.
The green shirts lost their opening game to India by 76 runs and faced even a shocking 150 runs defeat at the hands of West Indies.
Being criticized for its batting, sloppy fielding and team selection, the green shirts turned the fortunes in its favor by winning all the remaining four matches of the stage to qualify for the quarter finals.
They started their winning streak by beating Zimbabwe by 20 runs and then beat United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 129 runs.
Their biggest win came against the tournament favorites South Africa as they won the match by 29 runs under the Duckworth Lewis (D/L) method.
The team defeated minnows Ireland by seven wickets to qualify for the last eight stage, where they were knocked out from the tournament after losing to Australia by seven wickets.
South Africa and New Zealand prove “cricket is a gentlemen’s game”:
In the semi final at Auckland, co-hosts New Zealand and South Africa proved that cricket is indeed a gentlemen’s game as they showed such sportsmen which is rarely seen these days.
The Proteas were in tears after losing their crucial match to the Kiwis. South African pacer Dale Steyn was lying on the ground stunned whereas captain AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel had tears in their eyes.
The New Zealand team came up to the team and consoled them over their loss. The players also embraced each other after the match.
This indeed shows how the teams respect each other despite rivalries and playing against each other.
Sangakkara scores four in four:
Kumar Sangakkara became the first player in history to score four double centuries in a single World Cup.
He scored an unbeaten 105 against Bangladesh and remained not out at 117 against England. He then went on to score 104 against co-hosts Australia and 124 against minnows Scotland.
Wahab’s deadly spell to Watson:
In the quarter final of the World Cup, Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz produced one of the brilliant and most deadliest spell of fast bowling ever seen against Australia’s Shane Watson.
Riaz was delivery short balls on regular basis and Watson had no clue as to what shot he should elect.
The pacer came up to him and mocked him on every miss of the ball.
However, the pacer’s efforts went in vain as Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan both dropped catches which could have turned the match in Pakistan’s favor.
Many cricketing experts and legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara,Kevin Pietersen, Tom Moody, Scott Styris and even Shane Watson himself had lauded the pacer’s spell in the match.
Ireland shocks the world once again:
Ireland, one of the associates and unpredictable sides in the World Cup, shocked the cricketing world once again as they beat two of the test playing nations in the tournament.
The Irish side started their World Cup 2015 campaign on a high by defeating two time champions West Indies by four wickets. They also defeated Zimbabwe by five runs as well.
It is not the first time that Ireland has stunned the world. They eliminated former world champions Pakistan in the 2007 edition of the tournament and they also defeated England in the 2011 World Cup.
Chris Gayle scores World Cup’s first double ton:
West Indies’s Chris Gayle showed why he can be such a dangerous player as scored the first double century in the tournament’s history.
He created the milestone in 138 balls with nine boundaries and 16 sixes. He went on to make 215 runs from 147 balls with 10 boundaries and 16 sixes to his name.
The West Indian opener also equalled Indian batsman Rohit Sharma’s record of most sixes in an innings.
Martin Guptill’s unbeaten 237 against West Indies:
New Zealand Martin Guptill scored the highest innings in a World Cup as he made an unbeaten 237 runs against West Indies in the quarter final at Wellington.
The record was previously held by West Indian batsman Chris Gayle, who had made 215 runs against Zimbabwe.
He reached the milestone in 163 balls with 24 fours and 11 sixes to his name.
De Villiers scores fastest 150:
South African captain scored the fastest 150 in ODIs in the match against West Indies.
The Proteas leader rewrote history in 64 balls with the help of 17 boundaries and six sixes.
He also broke Australian batsmen Matthew Hayden’s record of most sixes in a World Cup by hitting 20 sixes.