5 Reasons Why You Can Never Forget the World Cup 2015

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015 | 0
The World Cup 2015 entertained its fans throughout

The World Cup 2015 entertained its fans throughout


The Cricket World Cup 2015 has finally come to an end with the perennial favorites Australia taking home their record 5th title Down Under. The sport’s mega event might be over now, but it has left all the fans with a few events that will probably be etched in your life forever.

Let’s have a look at the five highlights, unforgettable happenings from the recently-concluded tournament.

Wahab Riaz’s Lethal Spell

Not only did the fans witness some enthralling contest with the bat and ball during Pakistan’s clash with Australia, but they were thoroughly entertained with sledging stuff. When fast-bowler Wahab Riaz stepped in to bat at number six – not widely known for his batting skills – he appeared oblivious in countering the blaze from Mitchell Starc. Amused by this, the latter made provocative gestures, much to the dismay of his Pakistani counterpart. When it came to the ball, Wahab eyed vengeance, as he came all guns blazing in his quest to pull off a vindictive triumph for his team. His spell – which many regarded as the ‘spell of the century’ – comprised of lethal bouncers. Besides struggling to get his bat in contact with the ball, Australia batsman Shane Watson had to also pay the price by being sledged all throughout his rusty stay out there on the field.

AB de Villiers’ Blitz

As many would agree, AB de Villiers has established himself on to another level; a level, where anybody else is improbable to reach out in the near future. His power-hitting amazed the spectators so much so that they won’t stutter while touting him as the best batsman in limited-overs cricket; and rightly so, for his contribution for South Africa at the World Cup has simply been extravagant. His trademark shots shuffling across the off stump to the wide line and then cross-smashing the ball towards mid-wicket with sheer finesse will remain in our eyes forever.

Australia: Cricket’s Superpower?

They are the perennial favorites across all the formats of the game. But what makes them one? Ever since winning their first World Cup title in 1987, the Australians have not glanced flipside. They went on to win the titles in 1999, 2003, 2007, and now 2015. They looked in a balanced state in their expedition to bag their record 5th crown. Aggressive opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch; stable middle-order with Steven Smith, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, and Brad Haddin; power-hitters Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner who specialize in accelerating the run-rate in the slog overs; lethal bowling attack in Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood, forming an ideal side in 50-over cricket.

India Can Never Be Underestimated in ODIs

Coming into the World Cup after a poor run at the Test series against Australia and subsequently the triangular series involving England as well, India were ruled out of the semifinal contention by many. However, the defending champions rose up to the occasion under the unprecedented leadership of MS Dhoni, as the Asian side fought their odds off to make the last-four stage, where they had an off day, losing to eventual winners Australia by 95 runs. What made their fans blissful is that their dominating seven-match winning streak before the semifinals that involved victories over Pakistan and South Africa.

Minnows Surprise

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to include the associate nations in the World Cup 2015 proved to be a good one eventually. Besides compelling the fans with some thrilling encounters in the league stage, a few players from the associate nations such as Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe), Shaiman Anwar (UAE) exhibited a number of magnificent performances with the bat.



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Mass Media student from the University of Mumbai. Also, a huge Cricket enthusiast and a Tennis fanatic, with a smattering of other sports.

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