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Amrit Mathur

The opening ceremony of the 1996 World Cup

Working the World Cups

Behind the scenes at a global tournament mostly involves endless meetings, faxes, waiting around, and dealing with fans' and the media's outrage

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aravinda de Silva celebrates his half-century

Men of the finals

Aravinda takes it up a notch

On the biggest stage of them all, after Sri Lanka lost their openers early, de Silva stood head and shoulders above the competition and his team-mates

Ravindra Pushpakumara

Ravindra Pushpakumara: under pressure

My First World Cup

The messenger who couldn't deliver a message

Ravindra Pushpakumara, the 12th man in the 1996 final, was asked to pass on tons of advice to the batsmen in the middle. But he didn't

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Sri Lankans win their first World Cup

1996

The pinch-hitting Cup

A shambolic opening ceremony, security-related boycotts, and a semi-final won by default

Aravinda de Silva celebrates his half-century

Mad Max makes magic

Aravinda de Silva's masterclass in batting stunned India in the 1996 semi-final, before an Eden Gardens meltdown

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Venkatesh Prasad celebrates after bowling Aamer Sohail

The Prasad-Sohail showdown

Venkatesh Prasad dismisses Aamer Sohail as emotions run high in the India v Pakistan World Cup 1996 quarter-final