World Cup 2015 review March 30, 2015

Not as boring as 2007

The 2015 World Cup reviewed in tweets

We asked readers...

... and we got a textbook definition.

Others looked at the tournament itself.

With Australia dominant yet again - winning their fourth World Cup in the past five - some tweeters wondered about the point of others competing.

Quite a few legends bid farewell, with Michael Clarke getting the perfect send-off.

The Associates made a statement, sometimes literally, as they fought against the proposal to shrink the 2019 World Cup to ten teams.

Not everyone was happy with the event, though, with the bat largely dominating the ball during the 49-day tournament, and only five matches going down to the final over of the chase.

Left-arm quicks, led by Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Wahab Riaz and James Faulkner, had outstanding tournaments to help redress the bat v ball imbalance.

A regular fixture did not feature at the World Cup, making at least one fan happy.

Some regular World Cup features, though, were around again.

Will they be around in 2019 as well?

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2015, 12:12 GMT

    I hope icc learn from the cwc and scrap the 2 New ball and 4 fielder restrictions rule

  • mohsin on March 31, 2015, 6:43 GMT

    this WC was boring, FIFA WC are still the best

  • g on March 31, 2015, 4:44 GMT

    WC 2015 is a slap in the face for those who feel only Associates result in one-sided games. Including the crucial knockout matches, most matches between the top 8 teams have also been dead/one-sided by the time the second innings crossed 25 overs. This entire WC had only a few interesting games afg-sco, sa-pak, sa-nz, and this is out of 40+ games! I am an Indian so you can safely exclude bias towards Associates. When there are so many one-sided games involving top-8 why not have Associates be part of it and make them gain experience. To me, this WC is as pathetic as WC 2007.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2015, 1:50 GMT

    Play far more games at Eden Park next time. All 4 games played there were very close! Disappointed that NZ did not play India. All top teams should play each other. make squads of 18 and play twice as many games in the time. Have day games in NZ then day nighters in Australia so barely any clash in times. 2 games every day starting 10 am and finishing at midnight or later NZ time

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2015, 20:14 GMT

    Only disappointment for this world cup as Indian fan, India did not get to play New Zealand! I was curious to see how India handles NZ.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2015, 19:36 GMT

    I would have to say the whole fielding restrictions thing is mostly just absurd. Cricket in itself is an amazingly (wonderfully) difficult game to explain to people who are not from 'cricketing nations'. It gets amazingly (woefully) more difficult to explain 'newer' rules that are more inclined towards just one aspect of the game. Continuously increasing the complications of an already complicated game , is not a way of increasing its popularity

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2015, 15:31 GMT

    a real need to rethink the 4 fielder rule. I agree with 1700rox need something to interest true cricket fans. I stayed up to watch every day of the test series but fell asleep watching WC games. I was surprised but realized the games gt dull. If test cricket is more interesting thn a batting slugfest thn nt sure wht is wrong with cricket. atleast in test cricket bowlers have a little more say. its more fun watching scores around 260-280. while it might be easy to chase today gud bowlers can win matches. jst maybe the bowling quality around the world has fallen and are nt able to take wickets. am quite sure mcgrath, warne, wasim, waqar, murli, kallis, etc from the early sixties till 2005 class of players would not be hit arnd as much even with current rules though the thick bats might affect their economy a little.

  • Dinuk on March 30, 2015, 15:00 GMT

    As a cricket fan I can say this was the most boring world cup ever. The icc has made the 50 over format a t20 style slog fest with this absurd 4 fielders outside the circle rule. How can teams regularly score over 300 runs with such ease? 350 seems so easy for any team to pass. As a result the team batting second gets bowled out cheaply because of the scoreboard pressure. There was no need for this rule as proper cricket fans who know what cricket is about don't like it. Such a batsman dominated world cup with 2 double hundreds as well. Get the balance between bat and ball or just get little kids coming and cheering sixes and fours while cricket fans get fed up of the game!

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