There are few moments which a fan cannot forget. It’s those moments which create history. Moments as such bring back smiles onto the faces of many cricketing fans. Here are top 5 moments in the history of the Cricket World Cup, which I have picked. Many would pick other moments which maybe be equally comparable to mine.
Here are the top 5 moments from the World Cup history:
1. Rain Delay puts an end to South Africa’s World Cup Campaign, 1992:
This event or moment can be described as one the worst cases in cricket. When South Africa required 22 off 13 balls to proceed to the final, a rain delay of 12 minutes came their way. Only 12 minute rain gave England a spot in the finals as the revised changed to 22 off 1 ball, which is impossible. However, the real story is that England after playing the finals against Pakistan also lost by 22 runs.
2. Gibbs drops the World Cup, 1999:
A super six stage match between Australia and South Africa, saw one of the costliest catch dropped till date. The reason is obvious. Australia needed a win to proceed to the semi-final stage. Captain Steve Waugh came to the rescue but he got a much needed life line from Herchelle Gibbs who dropped a sitter. Waugh said “You just dropped the cup, mate”. Waugh went on to score 120 and chase down 271.
3. A run too less, 1999:
Continuing the dropped catch scenario, the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup, 1999 featured Australia and South Africa. Australia scored just 213 in their 50 overs. South Africa scored the same in 49.5 oevrs and with a single needed off the last ball, South Africa’s dream of going to the finals ended as Donald failed to make the run and got run out. The more interesting thing was that, Australia went to the finals as they beat South Africa in the super 6 stage of the tournament. Eventually, Australia won the Cup which was set up by Gibbs dropping the World Cup.
4. Four wickets in four balls, Lasith Malinga, 2007:
South Africa are famous for their chockers’ tag and with just 4 runs required and 5 wickets in hand, it was sure that South Africa will take the match until Lasith Malinga created some doubt in the minds. He produced a hat-trick and one more wicket after that and became the first bowler to do so. However his efforts were in vain as South Africa got to mark and won the match by 1 wicket.
5. Gilly’s glove secret, 2007:
Adam Gilchrist is famous for the highest individual score in a final of a World Cup. He did that against Sri Lanka in the 2007 WC final. But what the fans didn’t know was that he actually put a squash ball inside the glove for the whole innings of 149. It helped him grip the bat better or more of what he would like to hold it. After a disastrous WC 2007 for Gilly, he played the big final and became the match winner for Australia as they created history by winnings 3 World Cup’s on a trot.