TimesofIndia.com brings you the top five talking points of the World Cup.
The final ends in a tie
If one has to recall the most dramatic ODI ever played, the World Cup 2019 final between the hosts England and New Zealand will surely be at the top of the list. The nerve- wracking match had everything one would expect from the World Cup final. The match required the Super Over to decide the winner after both teams were tied on 241 at the end of the match. What followed next was even more baffling when the Super Over also failed to produce a winner with both England and New Zealand scoring 15 runs that led to another tie. But England emerged victorious on the basis of boundary count, who had hit 26 boundaries (combined from the main match and the Super Over) in comparison to New Zealand’s 17. This was England’s maiden ODI World Cup title.
Rohit Sharma’s big five
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma become one of the biggest heroes of the World Cup 2019 as he achieved what no other batsman did in the history of the quadrennial event. The Mumbai batsman etched his name in the history books by becoming the first batsman to hit five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup. He attained the milestone in India’s final league match against Sri Lanka. Rohit broke former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara’s record for the most number of centuries. Sangakkara made four consecutive tons in the last edition. Rohit also tied Sachin Tendulkar’s record of six overall centuries at World Cups. He also became only the second Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score 600 runs in a single edition of the World Cup. He finished the 2019 World Cup as the highest run-getter (648 runs).
Table-toppers India’s campaign halted by Kiwis in semis
Team India is almost always tagged as the favourite whenever it heads to the World Cup – be it 50 or 20 overs – and this year’s ODI World Cup was no different. The Men in Blue started off their campaign with a convincing win over South Africa and went on to beat Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. India finished the league stage as the table toppers with just one loss which they suffered at the hands of England. The 2011 world champions’ real test came in the semifinals when they were up against New Zealand. This was the first time when both teams faced each other as their league match was washed out. Having tasted success at the league stage, the Indian team faltered here. Chasing 240 on the reserve day, the men-in-form Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were back in the dressing room after adding just 5 runs to the scoreboard. Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya tried to restore parity after making 32 runs each. But MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja took India from 92 for 6 to 208 for 6. Jadeja probably played the best knock of his life by scoring 77 off 59 balls but got out when India needed 32 runs in 14 balls. Dhoni started the 49th over with a huge six over the cover boundary that brought India back in the match. But a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill from the deep sent Dhoni back to the pavilion. New Zealand won the match by 18 runs to make their second successive World Cup final.
Kane Williamson becomes the captain with most runs in a World Cup
New Zealand might have finished runners up after England were declared winners on the basis of boundary count, but their skipper Kane Williamson made his presence felt by becoming the captain with the most number of runs in a single World Cup. He broke the 12-year-old record of former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene who had amassed 548 runs in the 2007 edition of the showpiece event. Williamson achieved the feat when he opened his account in the final against England at the Lord’s. However, the Kiwi skipper’s stay in the middle didn’t last long as he departed for 30. Williamson was also adjudged the Player of the Tournament for scoring 578 runs.
Mohammed Shami saves India from Afghan scare
Mohammed Shami was not part of the first four India matches at the World Cup but when he was given a chance he grabbed it with both hands. Chasing 225 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, Afghanistan gave India a scare as they needed 12 off the last four balls of the match, with three wickets in hand. But Shami sent back Mohammad Nabi, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in succession to post the second Indian hat-trick (after Chetan Sharma vs New Zealand in 1987) at a World Cup and hand India a 11-run win.