England Holds The Cup!
This is one cup nobody would dare have tea in, or in your case, milk. The ICC World Cup 2019 that was held in London, England, couldn’t have been more exciting. For a team which couldn’t even enter the Finals for 27 years (they last played finals against Pakistan in 1992), it surely was a surprise victory for Captain Eoin Morgan and Team England. And what’s more, they beat New Zealand in a super over!
The Kiwis too won hearts, but lost the cup because they didn’t hit as many 4’s and 6’s like the English. However, Indians are still not over the loss at the hands of New Zealand which put us out of the tournament.
Having said that, it wouldn’t be unfair to dismiss the team which played fabulous cricket right from the start of the series. Special mention to Rohit Sharma who scored five centuries with highest runs (648) and Jaspreet Bumrah who was Virat Kohli’s go-to man whenever India required wickets, thanks to his slinging action and thunderbolt yorkers.
Similarly, from the league matches itself, there have been quite a few underdogs that played some fantastic cricket – Shakib Al Hasan of Team Bangladesh was one such hero. He became the first cricketer in the tournament’s history to score more than 600 runs and take 11 wickets. Teams such as West Indies, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and South Africa too have shown their great potential.
And in the electrifying final match of the season in which thousands gathered over at the Lords Stadium in England to watch closely, it was Ben Stokes that hailed himself a super over victory against The Kiwi’s and also earned himself the Man Of The Match title. Likewise, with 578 runs under his belt and excellent on field performances, New Zealand’s Captain Kane Williamson was titled the Man Of The Series.
As for Team India and Australia, even though knocked out in the semis, they made a prominent mark despite England’s fickle weather, prolonged matches and rain, wooing audiences worldwide. For instance, Australia’s Mitchel Starc dazzled us all by taking the highest wickets in a single edition of the World Cup. Or the time when Ravindra Jadeja played with much heart and soul, in India’s final match.
In saying that, just like the Aussies, our men in blue may have seen defeat, however, they played every match relentlessly, with great showmanship, remaining a force to be reckoned with, World Cup or not.
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