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Waqar Younis Points Out Why Pakistan Have Failed To Beat India In The World Cups

In the World Cup tournaments, the Indian team has always achieved success against their arch-rivals Pakistan team. Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has recently talked about the reason why Pakistan haven’t achieved any success against the Indian team in the World Cup yet.

In the ODI Cricket World Cup history, India and Pakistan have met seven times, and India won all those matches. Their first CWC meeting was during the 1992 edition at Sydney, where India beat the Pakistan team by 43 runs. In the 1996 World Cup quarter-final at Bengaluru, India again achieved success against their arch-rivals by 39 runs. India won by 47 runs during their meeting against Pakistan in the 1999 edition.

In ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, when Waqar Younis led the Pakistan team, Sourav Ganguly-led India beat them by six wickets with 26 balls to spare. Later, in the semi-final of the CWC 2011, Pakistan suffered another defeat by 29 runs. In the 2015 and 2019 editions, India claimed dominant victories by 76 and 89 runs respectively.

Talking about India’s continuous success against Pakistan in the World Cup tournaments, the present Pakistan fast-bowling coach Younis feels that the Indian team deserves this due to always performing better than them.

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Waqar Younis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Answering a fan’s question on the Twitter platform @GloFansOfficial, Younis commented, “Over the last few World Cups, Pakistan have not won against India. We did well in other formats, we did well in Test matches, but when it comes to World Cups and ODI Cricket, India has always had an upper hand on us. And they deserve it. I think they played better cricket than us.”

India vs Pakistan in the CWC history: Waqar Younis experienced two matches

Among those seven India vs Pakistan encounters in the Cricket World Cup history, Waqar Younis appeared in two matches, during the 1996 World Cup quarter-final at Bengaluru and Group Stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 at Centurion. Talking about those matches which he experienced on the field, Younis claimed that they were in the games but didn’t play smartly like the Indian team.

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Waqar Younis vs Sachin Tendulkar in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 (Image Credits: Twitter)

Younis added, “I remember in Bangalore and back in I think that was in Pretoria in 2003. I remember most of them and I think I have played a couple of them. So they were a very good side and I think on that particular day they just came out with a very positive frame of mind, they played better cricket and played smartly. We did not play smartly; we had games in our hands.”

It is just the psychological pressure on us that we just cannot really win against them: Waqar Younis

Talking about their close fights, Younis pointed out their meeting in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 along with the 1996 World Cup quarter-final. He feels that they just threw away those matches. The former Pakistan fast-bowler believes that the Pakistan team now faces the psychological pressure due to their continuous unsuccessful journeys against the Indian team.

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Indian team after beating Pakistan in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 (Image Credit: Twitter)

Younis continued, “If you look at the World Cup in 2011 and then of course back in ’96 also we had the game in our hand, but it is just, we… we just threw it away. It is hard to pinpoint why we do that, maybe, it’s just the pressure of the World Cup now because it happens so many times, it is just the psychological pressure on us that we just cannot really win against them but yeah, it’s very-very difficult to pinpoint on one thing.”

Not only in the ICC Cricket World Cup, but India have also maintained this unbeaten runs in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup history, where India won all the five encounters against Pakistan (including one victory in bowl-out after the tie result), including winning the ICC World T20 2007 final.

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5 Cricketers Who Have Participated In The Most Number Of Cricket World Cups

Every cricketer dreams to represent his national team in the ICC Cricket World Cup and play a vital role to bring the cup in the country. However, only a few players have achieved this kind of high success in their international career.

The cricketers need to become a very consistent performer for his team to feature in multiple Cricket World Cups. There are only a few players who have experienced five or more CWC tournaments, and most of these players are known as the legend in the game.

Here we are talking about the top five cricketers who have participated in the most number of Cricket World Cups. (More cricketers have appeared in the five CWC tournaments, so we have taken the names of according to the higher number of matches)

Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) – 5 World Cups (1996-2011)

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Muttiah Muralitharan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sri Lankan legendary off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was a member during Sri Lanka’s victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996. While it was his first Cricket World Cup experience, where he picked up seven wickets in six matches, the off-spinner featured in four more CWCs, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011. Sri Lanka finished as the runners-up in the 2007 and 2011 editions.

In the Cricket World Cup history, Muralitharan played 40 matches where the off-spinner got 68 wickets with an average of 19.63 and economy rate of 3.88. His best bowling figures in the CWC history were 5-0-19-4 against Ireland during the Super 8 stage in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. During his CWC career, Muralitharan claimed four-wicket hauls for four times.

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Four U19 World Cup Winners Who Went On To Win The Senior 50-over World Cup

Cricketers who work hard in the domestic cricket get the chance to showcase their talent at an international level. While the age level domestic tournament gives the confidence to the young cricketers, enhancing their performance lead them to the national side.

A significant platform for juniors is the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup from where youngsters get noticed by the selectors. This tournament builds the budding cricketers who go to shine at the senior international level.

There are very rare cricketers who were part of the World Cup-winning team at the junior level as well as senior level. Here we will discuss those four cricketers who won the U-19 World Cup as well as senior-level Cricket World Cup.

Josh Hazelwood (2010, 2015)

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Josh Hazlewood.

The Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was the one who impressed with his bowling in the U-19 World Cup 2010, after which he earned the place in the national side in the same year. He was also the part of the U-19 team in 2008 but lifted the trophy in 2010 U-19 World Cup. In that tournament, he was the third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament and most wicket-taker for the team, picking 13 wickets in 6 matches at the economy rate of 4.00. He also had two four-wicket hauls in that tournament.

With impressing in the Test format in 2014, he was also included in the Australian squad for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and played a part in their triumph, picking up four wickets against Pakistan in the quarter-finals. In the final, he went wicket-less against New Zealand, but Australia successfully registered the victory.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson Scores Most Runs As A Captain In A CWC Edition

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson created a Cricket World Cup record during the final of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The right-handed batsman became the most run-scorer as a captain in a single CWC edition.

On Sunday (14th July), New Zealand have faced the host side England in the final of the 2019 CWC at Lord’s (London). After winning the toss, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson decided to bat first on the green track.

Williamson came to bat in the final after the opening batsman Martin Guptill (19 runs) lost his wicket. The Kiwi captain took his time to get off the mark as he opened his account on the 12th ball. Scoring his first run in this match, Williamson became the most run-scorer as a captain in a single CWC edition. With that single, Williamson broke the previous record of 548 runs by the Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene in 2007 CWC.

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Mahela Jayawardene (Image Credit: Google)

Kane Williamson scored 578 runs in 2019 CWC

The right-handed batsman Kane Williamson played a crucial innings in the final of this tournament. He provided a steady 74-run partnership with another opener Henry Nichols for the second wicket. After scoring 30 runs off 53 balls (2 fours), Williamson lost his wicket through the caught behind. Though the on-field umpires didn’t give that out initially, England’s review later changed that decision.

Adding this 30 runs, Williamson scored 578 runs (in nine innings) in this 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The right-handed finished this tournament with an average of 82.71. He hit two centuries and two half-centuries in this edition. His best knock in this tournament was 148 runs against Windies at Manchester. In this tournament, the New Zealand captain hit back-to-back centuries against South Africa and Windies respectively.

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Kane Williamson (Image Credit: Google)

Australian captain Aaron Finch scored the second most runs as a captain in this edition. The right-handed opening batsman scored 507 runs in 10 innings with an average of 50.70.

On the other hand, Williamson is also the most run-scorer as a New Zealand batsman in a CWC edition. During their semi-final match of this tournament, Williamson broke the previous record of 547 runs by Martin Guptill in 2015 CWC.

Till the end of Williamson’s innings in the final, Williamson is the fourth most run-scorer in this edition. The top three batsmen in this list are Rohit Sharma (India; 648 runs), David Warner (Australia; 647 runs) and Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh; 606 runs).

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ICC Cricket World Cup: Top 10 Highest Batting Averages In CWC History

Every cricketer has a dream to play the Cricket World Cup (CWC) and make a crucial impact for his team to win a CWC trophy. But, only a few players can fulfil this dream.

Batting is one of the essential parts of a cricket team. The batting average determines the success rate of a batsman. So, the better average in CWC career means he is one of the high-quality batsmen in international cricket history.

Here we are briefly discussing the top ten batsmen who have the highest batting averages in the Cricket World Cup history (Special Criteria: Batsmen have played at least 10 CWC innings).

10. Kane Williamson (New Zealand) – 58.73

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The right-handed top-order batsman Kane Williamson is one of best batsmen in New Zealand cricket history. He is famous for his calm brain. After featuring the 2011 and 2015 Cricket World Cups as an important batsman, he is leading his national side in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. After batting in 21 CWC innings, Williamson has scored 881 runs with an average of 58.73. He has hit two centuries and three half-centuries in his CWC career.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mitchell Starc Equals Glenn McGrath’s Most Wickets Achievement In A CWC Edition

Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc is in a lethal form in the ongoing Cricket World Cup. On Saturday (6th July), Starc equalled a massive bowling record in CWC history, and he is ready to break it soon.

Ahead of their semi-final game of the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Australia played their last round-robin stage match of this tournament against South Africa at Old Trafford (Manchester). South Africa batted first in this match and managed a big total of 325/6 (50 overs). Among the South African batsmen, captain Faf du Plessis scored 100 runs, and Rassie van der Dussen scored 95 runs.

On the other hand, among the Aussie bowlers, off-spinner Nathan Lyon (2/53) and the left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc (2/59) picked up two wickets each in that innings.

Taking two wickets in this match, Starc has picked up 26 wickets in the ongoing 2019 CWC. It is the joint most wickets for a bowler in a single CWC edition. Before Starc, the former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath was the lone record holder as he took 26 wickets in 2007 CWC. In that edition, McGrath bagged 26 wickets in 11 matches with an average of 13.73 and economy rate of 4.41. Meanwhile, Starc has taken 26 wickets in this edition after playing nine games (average 16.61 and economy rate 5.18).

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Glenn McGrath (Image Credit: Google)

In the upcoming semi-final of the ongoing CWC, Starc will get a chance to create a new record in this list.

Mitchell Starc is closer to become the fastest bowler to complete 50 CWC wickets

On the other hand, Starc has taken 48 wickets in 17 matches of his CWC career. While Starc is currently the sixth most wicket-taker in CWC history, he has an excellent chance to become the fastest bowler to complete 50 wickets in CWC history.

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Mitchell Starc (Image Credit: Twitter)

Earlier in this CWC edition, Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga became the fastest bowler to complete 50 wickets in CWC history. He achieved this feat in 25 CWC innings and broke the previous joint record of Glenn McGrath and Muttiah Muralitharan. Both those former bowlers completed their 50 CWC wickets in 30 CWC matches.

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Lasith Malinga (Image Credit: Twitter)

So, Starc is well ahead and has an excellent chance to become the fastest bowler to complete 50 CWC wickets.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Indian Captain Virat Kohli Creates A CWC History After Scoring His Fifth Consecutive Half-Century

The no.1 Test and ODI batsman Virat Kohli has continued his brilliant batting form in the ongoing Cricket World Cup. His consistent batting performances in the big stage have proved once again why he is one of the greatest batsmen in the world cricket history. During the crucial CWC match against England on Sunday (30th June) at Birmingham, Indian captain Virat Kohli creates a new record by scoring his fifth consecutive 50+ score in this tournament.

In this crucial match, England managed the first innings total of 337/7 (50 overs) after winning the toss. Chasing down that target, India lost the opener KL Rahul (0) in the third over of the innings and Kohli joined early in the crease. Once again, the Indian captain played a brilliant innings and provided a solid 138-run partnership for the second-wicket along with another opener Rohit Sharma. After scoring 66 runs off 76 balls (seven boundaries), Kohli finally lost his wicket in this important chasing.

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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Earlier, the Indian captain also scored four consecutive half-centuries in the ongoing tournament

Though Kohli hasn’t scored a century yet in the ongoing CWC, he has scored five half-centuries in this tournament and that too in consecutive way. Kohli has started these consecutive 50+ scores since the Australia match at The Oval. The right-handed batsman scored a crucial 82-run in that match.

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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Later, the Indian captain scored 77, 62 and 72 runs against Pakistan, Afghanistan and Windies respectively. After that Windies innings, Kohli became the first Indian captain to score four consecutive 50+ scores in CWC history.

Virat Kohli is the first captain to score five successive 50+ scores in Cricket World Cup

He has stretched these consecutive 50+ scores in the latest CWC match against England. Scoring another half-century in this match, Kohli now becomes the first captain to score five successive 50+ scores in the Cricket World Cup history.

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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Getty Images)

However, it is not the first time when Virat Kohli scored five consecutive 50+ scores in ODI career. Earlier, he achieved this similar feat for twice, in 2012 and 2013. But this time, Kohli has achieved this feat in the Cricket World Cup and that too as a captain.

After this latest batting performance, Kohli has scored 382 runs in six innings (average 63.66) in the ongoing 2019 CWC.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mohammed Shami Achieves A Top Feat After Claiming A Five-Wicket Haul Against England

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami is currently in brilliant form with the ball in hand. With the time progress, he is becoming more dangerous and consistent wicket-taker. He continued his wicket-taking ability in the big match against England in the ongoing Cricket World Cup and achieved a remarkable feat.

On Sunday (30th June), the unbeaten side India is playing against the host England at Birmingham in the match 38 of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. After England decided to bat first, the English batsmen totally dominated over the Indian bowlers. However, the Indian pacers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah put the desperate fights that helped India to restrict England to 337/7 (50 overs).

Though Mohammed Shami was expensive in this match, especially in the death overs, he picked up five wickets too. The right-arm pacer had the bowling figures of 10-1-69-5. While it was Shami’s maiden five-wicket haul in ODI career, it was the sixth time when an Indian bowler claimed a five-wicket haul in a CWC match. It is also the third consecutive time in this CWC when Shami picked up four or more wickets in an innings.

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Mohammed Shami (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mohammed Shami earlier claimed four-wicket hauls against Afghanistan and Windies

Shami is carrying on this form since India’s match against Afghanistan in this Cricket World Cup. While India secured a close 11-run victory at Southampton, Shami claimed a hat-trick and also had the impressive bowling figures of 9.5-1-40-4. In the crucial final over of that match, Shami became the only second Indian bowler to claim a CWC hat-trick that also secured India’s victory.

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Mohammed Shami against Afghanistan (Image Credit: Getty Images)

In their next match against Windies at Manchester, India claimed a massive 125-run victory. Once again, the right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami delivered a powerful spell as he had the bowling figures of 6.2-0-16-4.

He continued this wicket-taking form during India’s latest match against the host side England. Claiming a five-wicket haul, Shami becomes the first Indian bowler to claim three consecutive four-wicket hauls in CWC. No other Indian bowlers have claimed four-wicket hauls for more than twice in CWC history.

In overall, it was the fourth four-wicket haul for Mohammed Shami in the Cricket World Cup history. His first four-wicket haul in CWC was during his CWC debut against Pakistan (4/35) at Adelaide in the previous edition (15th February 2015).

Shahid Afridi also claimed three consecutive four-wicket hauls in CWC

Mohammed Shami is only the second bowler in CWC history to claim three consecutive four-wicket hauls. Former Pakistan leg-spinner Shahid Afridi was the first bowler to achieve this feat in Cricket World Cup. He achieved this incredible feat in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. In that tournament, Afridi claimed three consecutive four-wicket hauls against Kenya (5/16), Sri Lanka (4/34) and Canada (5/23) respectively.

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Shahid Afridi (Image Credit: Google)

Coming back to the latest match between England and India, Mohammed Shami has taken 30 CWC wickets. After this five-wicket haul, Shami becomes the fourth most wicket-taker for India in Cricket World Cup history. In this list, Shami is only behind of Zaheer Khan (44 wickets), Javagal Srinath (44 wickets) and Anil Kumble (31 wickets).

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MS Dhoni and Ricky Ponting (Image Credit: Google)
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ICC Cricket World Cup: Top Ten Captains With Most CWC Runs

Leading a team in a Cricket World Cup is a massive task as the captain has to take huge responsibilities which create enormous pressure for him. However, some brilliant captains have controlled this tough situation very well and gifted some memorable innings with their bats.

Here we are briefly discussing the top ten run-scorers as captain in Cricket World Cup history.

MS Dhoni (India) – 478 runs

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Former Indian captain MS Dhoni was one of the best captains in international cricket history. Under his captaincy, India won their second Cricket World Cup in 2011 after beating Sri Lanka in the final. Apart from that tournament, Dhoni also the Indian team in the 2015 CWC where India finished their journey in the semi-finals. India once again shined in that tournament as they were unbeaten in that tournament before their semi-final game against the co-host Australia.

MS Dhoni’s heroic batting in the 2011 CWC final helped the Indian national cricket team to win their second CWC trophy. As a captain, Dhoni scored 478 runs in 14 CWC innings with an average of 53.11. The versatile batsman hit three CWC half-centuries as a captain with his best knock of 91* in the 2011 CWC final.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shakib Al Hasan Achieves A Rare Record After Completing His 1,000 CWC Runs

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is in an excellent form in the ongoing Cricket World Cup. On Monday (24th June), during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Shakib completed his 1,000 runs in Cricket World Cup. After completing his 1,000 CWC runs, Shakib has achieved a unique CWC record.

It is a crucial match for Bangladesh in this tournament. After Afghanistan sent Bangladesh to bat first, Shakib played a vital role to sort that innings. Coming to bat at the no.3 position, the left-handed batsman scored 51 runs off 69 balls with the help of just one four.

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In this Cricket World Cup, it was Shakib’s sixth consecutive 40+ score, and also his fifth 50+ score. After playing this innings, Shakib has now returned to the top position of the most run-scorer table in this tournament as he has scored 476 runs in six innings with an average of 95.20. In this tournament, Shakib has scored 75, 64, 121, 124*, 41 and the latest 51.

Only second all-rounder to achieve the double feat of 1,000 CWC runs and 25 CWC wickets

During this latest innings, Shakib also completed his 1,000 runs in Cricket World Cup. While it is his 27th match in Cricket World Cup, Shakib has scored 1,016 CWC runs and also has taken 28 CWC wickets. Shakib is the only second cricketer in Cricket World Cup history to score 1,000+ runs and also to take 25+ wickets.

Former Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya was the first cricketer to achieve this feat. The left-handed batsman scored 1,165 CWC runs, and also he took 27 CWC wickets as a left-arm spinner.

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Sanath Jayasuriya (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Here are some crucial stats of Shakib Al Hasan’s 1,000-run milestone in Cricket World Cup

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i) Shakib Al Hasan is the first Bangladesh batsman to score 1,000 CWC runs.

ii)  Shakib Al Hasan is the eighth left-handed batsman to score 1,000 CWC runs.

iii) Shakib Al Hasan is the 19th batsman to score 1,000 CWC runs.

iv) By the end of this match, Shakib Al Hasan has scored 1,016 CWC runs. Shakib Al Hasan is the 16th most run-scorer in CWC history.

v) After Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka), Shakib Al Hasan becomes the only second cricketer to score at least 1,000 runs as well as also to take at least 25 wickets in CWC history.

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