Australia regaining their World Cup crown, Rohit Sharma’s valiant knock and many more in our top 5 memorable moments from World Cup 2015.
Played in the Australian continent, World Cup 2015 was a homecoming for the dominant Australian side, who regained their World Cup crown after defeating the neighbors, New Zealand.
The World Cup 2015 had a mix of some outstanding batting and bowling performances. Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill’s double centuries, Mitchell Starc and Tim Southee’s electrifying spells, etc. were some of the outstanding individual contributions.
But, which were the top moments of World Cup 2015?. Let’s find out in this article.
ICC WORLD CUP 2015
Winners: Australia | Runners-up: New Zealand
Hosts: Australia & New Zealand
Man of the Tournament: Mitchell Starc
Mat: 8 | Wkts: 22 | Avg: 10.08
#5: AUSTRALIA COLLAPSE AGAINST NEW ZEALAND
The only match which the Australian team lost in the entire tournament.
Batting first, Australia were cruising along having scored 80-1 at the end of 13 overs. However, the wicket of Shane Watson opened the gate as Australia suffered a dramatic collapse.
In the course of the next 9 overs, Australia lost 8 wickets for just 26 runs as Trent Boult ripped apart the Australian batting line-up. But, a small fightback by Haddin made sure Australia somehow reach 151.
In reply, Brendon Mccullum made a scintillating half-century off just 21 balls as he gave the much-needed momentum to the NZ chase.
Starc’s did lead a fightback with a scintillating 6-28, but Kane Williamson held his nerves as New Zealand won the match by 1 wicket.
#4: TIM SOUTHEE’S OUTSTANDING SPELL OF 7-33
The spell of the tournament as England had no answers to Tim Southee’s swinging deliveries.
Bowling first in the swinging conditions of Wellington, England started decently as they didn’t lose any wicket in the first 4 overs scoring 18 runs.
Southee, then produced a magical outswinger to get rid off the dangerous Bell and another superb bouncer to get rid off Moeen Ali.
England did recover after that as they were going decent at 104-3 after 25 overs, however, Southee’s second spell changed the game drastically as Englandost their last 7 wickets for 19 runs, and eventually getting bundled out for 123.
In reply, New Zealand chased the target of 124 in just 12 overs as Brendon Mccullum scored a blazing 77(25) deliveries.
Tim Southee was awarded the man of the match for his magical spell of 7-33 in 9 overs.
#3: CHRIS GAYLE SMASHES WORLD CUP’S FIRST DOUBLE HUNDRED
The Universe boss joined the party as he smashed the first double century of the World Cup against Zimbabwe.
Batting first, Chris Gayle looked determined to play a big knock as he rarely took any risk until he reached his hundred. However, After getting to his century in 105 balls, Gayle entered into the beast mode as he smashed 115 runs in the next 42 balls.
His conversion from 100 to 150 took 21 balls and 150 to 200 took just 13 balls. His scores from 150 to 200 read 1 6 4 6 4 6 6 6 1 6 1 4.
Finally, Chris Gayle’s epic knock of 215(147) with 10 fours and 16 maximums ended on the last ball of the innings.
#2: ROHIT SHARMA TO TEAM INDIA’S RESCUE IN THE QUARTERFINALS
In an important quarter-final clash between India and Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma came to India’s rescue.
Bangladesh had already caused many upsets in their previous World Cup editions. However, the team of 2015 wasn’t a minnow. In fact, it was one of their strongest team to have played the tournament.
Batting first, India got a good start as Rohit Sharma, himself and Shikhar Dhawan shared a 75 run partnership. However, as soon as Dhawan got out, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane too followed him as India were left reeling at 115-3 at the end of 28 overs.
Indian fans could sense a World Cup 2007 Deja Vu. However, Rohit Sharma, who was batting on 56(73) then played one of the best World Cup knocks as his determined 137(126) lifted India to a competitive total of 302-6. Suresh Raina too played a good supporting knock of 65(57).
In reply, Bangladesh couldn’t repeat their 2007 performance, and were eventually bundled out for 193.
#1: AUSTRALIA REGAIN THE WORLD CUP CROWN
After the end of their dominant run in World Cups in the World Cup 2011 quarterfinals against India, Australia were itching to get their hands on the trophy. Them being the hosts of the 2015 World Cup only strengthened their chances.
In their first encounter against New Zealand in the group stage match, Australia lost a close encounter by 1 wicket.
Mccullum’s blazing fifty and Williamson’s determined knock made sure they New Zealand got home against the Australians.
This time, It was revenge time for Australia as they met New Zealand in the finals of World Cup 2015.
Bowling first, Australia were aware of Brendon Mcclumm’s starting onslaught, and it was necessary to take his wicket early on. Mitchell Starc did exactly that as a scorcher from him uprooted Brendon Mccullum’s stumps in the very first over.
This wicket changed the momentum of the match completely as New Zealand never got going. Grant Eliot’s made a valiant 83, but that wasn’t enough as New Zealand were bundled out for a meager 183 in 45 overs.
Australia, unlike last time, didn’t do any mistake as they chased the target comfortably in 33 overs with Michael Clarke top scoring 74(72).
James Faulkner was awarded the man of the match for his brilliant spell of 3-36.
Mitchell Starc was awarded the man of the series for his 22 wickets in 8 innings at an astonishing average of 10.18 and an economy rate of 3.5.
So, these were the top 5 most memorable moments from ICC World Cup 2015.
OTHER INTERESTING MOMENTS:
Some other World Cup 2015 moments which also deserve a special mention are
- Kumar Sangakkara’s incredible 4 centuries in 4 matches
- 237(163) by Martin Guptill- Highest Individual score in World Cup.
- Brendon Mccullum finishing the tournament with 328 runs at an amazing strike rate of 188.5
- South Africa lose another knock out match in an intense Semi-final against New Zealand
- India win their first World Cup match against South Africa.
- Bangladesh stun England to enter the Quarter finals of World Cup 2015.
- Wahab Riaz’s thunder spell to Shane Watson
SOME INTERESTING FACTS FROM WORLD CUP 2015:
- Most Runs: Martin Guptill (NZ)- 547 Runs | 9 Inns
- Most Wickets: Mitchell Starc (AUS)- 22 Wickets | 8 Inns
- Highest Individual Score: Martin Guptill (NZ)-237(163)
- Best bowling: Tim Southee (NZ)- 7-33
- Highest Strike Rate (Min 200 Runs): Brendon Mccullum (NZ) – 188.5
- Best Economy Rate (Min 30 overs): Mitchell Starc (AUS)– 3.50
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