Cricket World cup Stories – Part 3


This was the fifth time when England hosted the World Cup. From this world cup, Australia shows its dominance. Teams were divided into two groups from group A South Africa, India, and Zimbabwe got qualified for the next round and from group B Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand got qualified for the next round. This round was super six, where every team has to complete all the teams of the six. Unfortunately, India lost four games out of five even before they lost to Zimbabwe, but the magnificent thing was India beat Pakistan by 47 runs. Same as 1996, Venkatesh Prasad made all the difference he took 5 wickets for 27 runs in 9.3 overs.

New Zealand played to Pakistan in the semi-final where Pakistan beat New Zealand by 9 wickets. While Australia played to South Africa, this could be considered as one of the best matches ever. South Africa won the toss and field first. Australia scored 213 runs in 49.2 over. South Africa had to chase the very little total. In last over South Africa needed 9 runs and Lance Klusener scored two back-to-back boundaries. Now South Africa needed one run in next 4 balls but on the fourth ball of that over Fleming and Gilchrist run out AA Donald which tied the match and South Africa went out of the tournament because they finished lower in the super six that Australia. Final was fully one-sided and Australia chased down 133 in 20.1 over by losing 2 wickets. This was the first time since 1987 when Australia lift this tournament. Captain Steve Waugh set a new mindset in the world cricket.

2003 was a memorial World Cup for Indian fans because Aussies break our hearts in finals. The African continent hosted this tournament, and this was the first time when it was not hosted by the subcontinent or England. South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Keny took charge of the world cup. 14 teams participated in the tournament. Pool A dominated by former champion Australia, they won all 6 matches and India came second in the pool with only one lost to Australia. Zimbabwe again shocked everyone and qualified for round 2. Pool B was more complex, Sri Lanka unexpected Kenya and New Zealand qualify for super six. Super again dominated by Australia along with the Kenya Sri Lanka and India qualify for the semi-final. In Semi-final Australia beat Sri Lanka 48 runs (D/L) method, which was a fully one-sided match in second innings.

India won the semi-final against Kenya by 91 runs. Captain Ganguly scored 111 runs in the semifinal and later on Zahir and company do the job. 2003 final was an unforgettable day for Indians fans while chasing 360 runs India lost all 10 wickets apart from Australia. Apart from Sehwag, everyone cannot contribute to the team and Australia won the two consecutive tournaments.