March 7, 2011

The unforgettables

Mention a particular World Cup, and what's the first image that springs to mind? Here are a few personal memories which might set off a few flashbacks of your own...
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Six and out
My clearest memory from the first World Cup in 1975, when I was still at school, comes from the final. It was played in glorious sunshine at Lord's, on the longest day of the year (June 21). That was lucky, since an epic match (60 overs a side in those days) went on till almost 9pm. But early on, Roy Fredericks, the electric West Indian opener, hooked the fearsome Dennis Lillee. The ball sailed over the ropes, possibly out of the ground: but Fredericks had slipped during the shot - perhaps there was some early-morning moisture - and disturbed the bails. While the spectators were still looking for the ball and applauding the shot, poor Fredericks was trudging back to the pavilion.

Kalli v Lillee
Another clear memory from the first World Cup, seen from a perch high up in the Oval pavilion, was of another Guyanese left-hander - even shorter than Fredericks - hooking Lillee in a group game. The slender, bare-headed Kallicharran hardly looked strong enough to withstand Lillee, who charged in, hair flowing, before uncoiling that superb textbook fast-bowling action. But he was hooked, pulled and cut to shreds as Kalli sprinted to 78. He smashed 35 from the last ten balls Lillee bowled to him, including five successive fours (444414604), before finally mistiming a pull to be caught. But by then West Indies were only 42 away from the victory that gave them - and what seemed like most of south London - bragging rights ahead of the final.

Viv's six
By 1979 I was working at Lord's, and sneaked away from the desk for long enough to watch the end of West Indies' innings in the final. And the very last ball provides my indelible memory of that World Cup: Viv Richards sauntering across his stumps as Mike Hendrick wheels down the final delivery. It wasn't a bad ball: Viv would probably have been bowled if he'd missed it. But he hadn't missed much during that innings - he had 132 before that last delivery - and the bat scythed down from somewhere in the region of cover and dismissed the ball into the Mound Stand for another six with what seemed like an effortless swish (until you tried it yourself). Genius at work.

Kapil's catch
In 1983 I'd like to have seen Kapil Dev's 175 not out which rescued India among the rhododendrons in Tunbridge Wells (they had been 17 for 5 against Zimbabwe), and did see Allan Lamb make an attractive century at The Oval (when New Zealander Martin Snedden's 12 overs cost 105). But the first thing that actually comes to mind is another scene from a final. West Indies undoubtedly thought they'd done the hard bit when they bowled India out for a modest 183, but their seemingly inevitable march to a third successive World Cup title was derailed by a touch of overconfidence... and the cool head of Kapil, their captain, when Viv Richards lofted an attempted hook off Madan Lal's military-mediums. I had somehow found my way into the scoreboard in the old Grand Stand for this one, so had the perfect view as Kapil ran some way to take the catch over his shoulder. He never took his eye off the ball (unlike the rest of the West Indian batsmen later), and India were on their way.

Walsh's good deed
Playing truant from the office wasn't really an option in 1987, since the World Cup was played in India and Pakistan for the first time. Mike Gatting's reverse-sweep in the final - which popped up to be caught, and England never recovered - is probably most people's snapshot from that tournament, but for me it came during the group game between West Indies and Pakistan in Lahore. Pakistan required 14 from the final over with their last pair in. Since Courtney Walsh was bowling, West Indies were favourites - at least until Abdul Qadir smashed the fourth ball for six, to the delight of the home crowd. Two runs off the fifth ball meant two were needed off the final delivery. In loped Walsh ... and just before he went into that familiar whirl of limbs that usually ended up with the ball hurtling down the track at 90mph he stopped. Non-striker Saleem Jaffer, the last man, was backing up too far. Walsh could have run him out and ended the game - but, in a remarkably sporting gesture in the circumstances, he just wagged a finger at him and trudged back to his mark. He may have regretted it when Qadir sliced the last ball away for the winning runs. Walsh might have lost the match, but he was later given a carpet from a local businessman, impressed by his sportsmanship, which was probably not much of a consolation.

Magic Akram
A shrewdly timed trip to see family in Australia in 1992 meant I just happened to be in Sydney for England's semi-final - and the silly 21-off-one-ball climax - and the final in Melbourne. Arriving early enough to bag a seat behind the bowler's arm in a crowd of more than 87,000 is an early memory of a very long day, which ended with a late-night mystery drive round unfamiliar Melbourne suburbs as police directed the traffic away from the one route I knew. In between there was England's good start, Pakistan's batting recovery, Ian Botham's duck ... and then my magic moment(s): Wasim Akram's successive balls to Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis. The first one swung in and straightened, the second veered in sharply. Both knocked the stumps back, and England - now 141 for 6 chasing 250 - were up against it from then on.

Srinath's first over
I don't think I've watched a World Cup more closely, before or since, than the 1996 one in the subcontinent, mainly because we had rather rashly undertaken, in Wisden Cricket Monthly, to identify the fielders involved in each run-out in our scorecards. In pre-internet days this was quite an ask, especially for games like Holland against the UAE, or Kenya v Zimbabwe. I remember incidents like Neil Smith being sick on the pitch, the UAE's captain Sultan Zarawani unwisely spurning a helmet and being crusted by Allan Donald, and the portly Kenyan wicketkeeper Tariq Iqbal's thigh-catch to dismiss Brian Lara as West Indies collapsed to a shock defeat ... but the sharpest memory, for some reason, is from the first over of the semi-final between India and Sri Lanka. Sanath Jayasuriya had eviscerated England's bowlers in the quarter-final with 82 from 44 balls, and the anticipation as he and his equally aggressive partner Romesh Kaluwitharana came out in the Kolkata semi was intense. But Kalu carved the second ball of Javagal Srinath's first over straight to third man, then Jayasuriya followed suit fourth ball. (It was a different third man - Venkatesh Prasad rather than Sanjay Manjrekar - as Jayasuriya was a left-hander.) It was 1 for 2, with both "pinch-hitters" out ... game over, surely? It wasn't. Sri Lanka recovered superbly to reach 251, and India collapsed to 120 for 8 - before crowd scenes at Eden Gardens that won't be a happy memory for anyone ended the match.

Warne does it again
When the World Cup returned to England in 1999 Wisden sent someone to every match, which for me meant a flight to Scotland for their match against Bangladesh (it rained), and a trip to Birmingham for England v India (it rained, and England lost on the reserve day, which eliminated them from their own party). Later, after covering the first semi-final, I watched the second one on television. It turned out that I'd chosen the wrong one, as this was a cast-iron epic. The Aussies made a modest 213, but Shane Warne served up a repeat of his 1993 Mike Gatting wonder ball, this time to Herschelle Gibbs - drifting, dipping towards the legs, then spitting back to strike the top of off stump as the batsman groped at thin air. Warne's first eight overs cost just eight runs, and he finished with 4 for 29 and the match award. That match provided more great memories: Lance Klusener's two cover-driven boundaries in the last over were hit as hard and travelled faster than any other shots I've ever seen, while the finale (Allan Donald's sad run-out with the scores level) was another. But for a legspinner of somewhat more modest talents, to see Warnie do it again was just magical.

Anderson's over
Probably my strongest memory of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa was the news, in mid-tournament, that Wisden.com (which I was working for at the time) was to merge with Cricinfo. While we wondered about our jobs, the tournament continued - and for much of the time England looked equally distracted, their campaign never really recovering from an emotion-packed refusal to travel to Zimbabwe, which meant they forfeited the points and ultimately failed to qualify for the later stages. But it might have been very different had they hung on to beat Australia in Port Elizabeth. England had made 204 - not enough, surely, although it represented quite a triumph considering that fast bowler Andy Bichel had taken 7 for 20. It looked more than adequate, though, as Australia crashed to 114 for 7 - but, with the arch-finisher Michael Bevan combining with the pesky Bichel, the Aussies inched closer and closer to their target. With two overs to go Australia needed 14: everyone expected Andy Caddick (4 for 35) to be given the ball for the 49th over, but England's captain, Nasser Hussain, instead went for the inexperienced James Anderson "on a hunch". Even Anderson looked vaguely startled, and the hunch turned into a nightmare: that man Bichel clubbed the second ball for six, then collected a four, and Australia squeaked home.

Dwayne's delight
There are sad memories from 2007, notably the death of Bob Woolmer, a long-time friend to Wisden, and the stupid scenes in the dark at the end of the final. But my snapshot from that tournament came early on, when Robin Uthappa thick-edged the seventh ball of India's group game against Bermuda in Port-of-Spain. It flew out towards gully, where the substantial frame of Dwayne Leverock flew to the right and intercepted the catch one-handed. Leverock's weight was variously estimated at between 19 and 24 stone: his landing probably registered on the Richter Scale, and his celebrations - which involved a lap of honour round most of the ground with his team-mates in tow - could easily have left him too exhausted to bowl later on. He might have wished they had, as India recovered to amass 413 for 5, with Leverock's ten overs of left-arm spin disappearing for 96. But no one can take that moment away from an endearing man who, asked why he had attained such an impressive bulk, sheepishly admitted that he lived above an Indian restaurant - "And there's another one next door!"

Irish eyes
It's too early, of course, to pronounce definitely on the snapshot moment of the 2011 World Cup just yet. The signature pose so far is Shahid Afridi, arms thrust skywards after another wicket. There's been Lasith Malinga's hat-trick (and his hair), Darren Sammy's smile, Seren Waters's catch. But the rest of the tournament will have to produce something pretty memorable to usurp Kevin O'Brien's astonishing century from the top of the list, especially the biggest of those six sixes in his 50-ball hundred as Ireland mugged England in Bangalore.

Tell us what your favourite moments of the World Cups have been

Steven Lynch is the editor of the Cricinfo Guide to International Cricket 2011

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  • Bollo on March 9, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    The 2 SAf vs Aus matches in 1999 remain the standouts for mine. Waugh`s amazing century, Awesome Klusener, and of course Warney. Unforgettable.

    @Ranga - not quite sure how you work out that SAf were the champion side in 1999, or SL the `best team for sure` in 2007. Both had 2 shots at Australia and couldn`t win either. Obviously 1999 was incredibly tight, with Aus just good enough in both. 2007 on the other hand was a romp. Here are Aus results for that tournament.

    1. vs Scot, won by 203 runs 2. vs Neth won by 229 runs 3. vs SAf won by 83 runs

    Super 8s

    1. vs WI, won by 103 runs 2. vs Bang, won by 10 wickets 3. vs England won by 7 wickets (48th over) 4. vs Ireland, won by 9 wickets (13th over) 5. vs SL, won by 7 wickets (43rd over) 6. vs NZ, won by 215 runs

    S/F vs SAf, won by 7 wickets (33rd over) Final vs SL, won by 53 runs D/L

    Pretty forgettable tournament, not helped by complete Aus dominance.

  • ranga_s on March 8, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    1975-2007 are past tournaments and sure they provided cricket lovers much fun and enjoyment. I can only recall clear memories from 1996 simply because I was too young for earlier editions. But I think everyone will agree that 2011 WC (specially Group B) has been the most exciting WC edition thus far. By far the best WC to date..Further I won't comment on any WC editions prior to 92. I read scorecards over magazines when I was old enough about 92 WC and wondered why on earth NZ didn't won the cup. 96 Aus were the team to beat at the start but enter SL and deservedly Winners. 99 SA were the champion side, Not Aus or Pak. 2003 Aus were the team to beat and to be honest no competitors against them. 2007 again Aus, the team to beat and there was a team to beat them in SL. Unfortunately didn't but if they did beat Aus deserved winners and the best team for sure but became 2nd best. 2011 India were hot fav with SL, SA, Aus as solid contenders..but now anybody could win as deserved winners...

  • Biggus on March 8, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    @vrindavan11- You say that the Don rated Sachin and indeed he did, but as many Indians have informed us over the years the Don was apparently an over-rated village cricketer who only made runs because he played against fat amateur Englishmen who couldn't bowl, so what is his opinion worth eh?

  • Browndog1968 on March 8, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Ponting's demolition of Achtar?

  • sachingilly on March 8, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    How can sachin's 98 against pakistan in 2003 be missed????

  • jkaussie on March 8, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    @Harshthakor - what a great list! Well done. I am old enough to remember the cups from 83 onwards and I reckon you've captured just about the best list of things to remember! The only thing I would add from 2003 was Andy Bichel's dismissal of Nasser Hussein - the perfect outswinger, pitched middle and leg, hit off - oof! Unplayable!! Oh hang on, then there's Bond's 6 for against Australia including a better ball than Bichel's hitting Ian Harvey's off stump - I think the list is growing!! LOL

  • aravindanspec on March 8, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    I did not see the act of Walsh in 1987 WC. But he is truly a gentleman and always played the game in the right spirit. Kudos to him.

  • leg_stump on March 8, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Venkatesh Prasad's ball to Aamir Sohail in 1996 QF.

  • Arun14 on March 7, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    1987 - Sidhu's many sixes, Houghton's valiant century against NZ, Gavaskar's run fest against NZ. However, a sweep shot from David Boon past Paul Downton in the finals is my everlasting memory. The replay showed the ball rolling past the ropes and stopping right in front of the camera. Hadn't seen camerawork that good in a match played on the sub-continent. 1992 - Srinath uprooting Miandad's stumps, Miandad 'aping' More, burly Greatbatch walking down to Amrbose and waltzing him for a six, Botham's cunning legcutter to get rid of Tendulkar, a hapless Matrin Crowe shouting instructions from outside the fence, Akram's two in two against England in the final; THE image - Scoreboard showing '22 off 1 ball' in the Eng-SA match. 1996 - Prasad's send off of Sohail; DeSilva's fearless and crisp strokes in the semis; But the lasting image is of a tearful Kambli in the shame of Calcutta. I think Steven was steering clear of controversy by talking about another aspect of the same match.

  • on March 7, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    great memories.... walsh sporting gesture was moving...but he shud have ran out the batsmen....even in 1996 wc semi final both walsh and ambrose choked it...they shud have given the strike to richardson who was hammering aussies..both of them tried to do something extra ordinary with bat and left richardson stranded at the other end

  • Bollo on March 9, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    The 2 SAf vs Aus matches in 1999 remain the standouts for mine. Waugh`s amazing century, Awesome Klusener, and of course Warney. Unforgettable.

    @Ranga - not quite sure how you work out that SAf were the champion side in 1999, or SL the `best team for sure` in 2007. Both had 2 shots at Australia and couldn`t win either. Obviously 1999 was incredibly tight, with Aus just good enough in both. 2007 on the other hand was a romp. Here are Aus results for that tournament.

    1. vs Scot, won by 203 runs 2. vs Neth won by 229 runs 3. vs SAf won by 83 runs

    Super 8s

    1. vs WI, won by 103 runs 2. vs Bang, won by 10 wickets 3. vs England won by 7 wickets (48th over) 4. vs Ireland, won by 9 wickets (13th over) 5. vs SL, won by 7 wickets (43rd over) 6. vs NZ, won by 215 runs

    S/F vs SAf, won by 7 wickets (33rd over) Final vs SL, won by 53 runs D/L

    Pretty forgettable tournament, not helped by complete Aus dominance.

  • ranga_s on March 8, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    1975-2007 are past tournaments and sure they provided cricket lovers much fun and enjoyment. I can only recall clear memories from 1996 simply because I was too young for earlier editions. But I think everyone will agree that 2011 WC (specially Group B) has been the most exciting WC edition thus far. By far the best WC to date..Further I won't comment on any WC editions prior to 92. I read scorecards over magazines when I was old enough about 92 WC and wondered why on earth NZ didn't won the cup. 96 Aus were the team to beat at the start but enter SL and deservedly Winners. 99 SA were the champion side, Not Aus or Pak. 2003 Aus were the team to beat and to be honest no competitors against them. 2007 again Aus, the team to beat and there was a team to beat them in SL. Unfortunately didn't but if they did beat Aus deserved winners and the best team for sure but became 2nd best. 2011 India were hot fav with SL, SA, Aus as solid contenders..but now anybody could win as deserved winners...

  • Biggus on March 8, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    @vrindavan11- You say that the Don rated Sachin and indeed he did, but as many Indians have informed us over the years the Don was apparently an over-rated village cricketer who only made runs because he played against fat amateur Englishmen who couldn't bowl, so what is his opinion worth eh?

  • Browndog1968 on March 8, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Ponting's demolition of Achtar?

  • sachingilly on March 8, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    How can sachin's 98 against pakistan in 2003 be missed????

  • jkaussie on March 8, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    @Harshthakor - what a great list! Well done. I am old enough to remember the cups from 83 onwards and I reckon you've captured just about the best list of things to remember! The only thing I would add from 2003 was Andy Bichel's dismissal of Nasser Hussein - the perfect outswinger, pitched middle and leg, hit off - oof! Unplayable!! Oh hang on, then there's Bond's 6 for against Australia including a better ball than Bichel's hitting Ian Harvey's off stump - I think the list is growing!! LOL

  • aravindanspec on March 8, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    I did not see the act of Walsh in 1987 WC. But he is truly a gentleman and always played the game in the right spirit. Kudos to him.

  • leg_stump on March 8, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Venkatesh Prasad's ball to Aamir Sohail in 1996 QF.

  • Arun14 on March 7, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    1987 - Sidhu's many sixes, Houghton's valiant century against NZ, Gavaskar's run fest against NZ. However, a sweep shot from David Boon past Paul Downton in the finals is my everlasting memory. The replay showed the ball rolling past the ropes and stopping right in front of the camera. Hadn't seen camerawork that good in a match played on the sub-continent. 1992 - Srinath uprooting Miandad's stumps, Miandad 'aping' More, burly Greatbatch walking down to Amrbose and waltzing him for a six, Botham's cunning legcutter to get rid of Tendulkar, a hapless Matrin Crowe shouting instructions from outside the fence, Akram's two in two against England in the final; THE image - Scoreboard showing '22 off 1 ball' in the Eng-SA match. 1996 - Prasad's send off of Sohail; DeSilva's fearless and crisp strokes in the semis; But the lasting image is of a tearful Kambli in the shame of Calcutta. I think Steven was steering clear of controversy by talking about another aspect of the same match.

  • on March 7, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    great memories.... walsh sporting gesture was moving...but he shud have ran out the batsmen....even in 1996 wc semi final both walsh and ambrose choked it...they shud have given the strike to richardson who was hammering aussies..both of them tried to do something extra ordinary with bat and left richardson stranded at the other end

  • NonStriker on March 7, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    A then unheard of Inzamam-ul-Haq snatching the Kiwi's World cup dream away from us in the Semi final of 1992. I particularly remember a Moin Khan straigt six to seal our fate. Pakistan were worthy winners that year and have been my second team ever since... oh but what might have been.

  • on March 7, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    I IndieFan - I'm not sure about the Pakistani victory in '92 being a fluke. They started the tournament badly, but picked up momentum as they went and ended up beating the 2 teams (NZ and England) who'd probably been playing the best cricket (well, England started very well - losing to Zimbabwe and relying on a shocking rain-rule to fleece SA were not good) in successive games to win the final. If South Africa hadn't been robbed in the semi, maybe Pakistan wouldn't have won (though South Africa are crickets version of the All blacks at WC's so far!). But as with other World Cups (such as football and rugby) have often shown, the best team often doesn't win the tournament. All it needs is a flukey win or 2 at the right time, or one outrageous individual performance.

  • batmannrobin on March 7, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    @kiwirocker-really?suggest u to watch d ind-pak 03 highlights again where Sachin singlehandedly knocked d stuffin out of Shoaib n game set n match over in the 2nd over wid 'tat' six n 2 majestic fours then. n India's win was a fluke!!! India won 6 out of 8 games in tat tournament including wins against arguably d greatest team of all time - d mighty windies twice. Pak won just 4 games in the league stages of 92 and were roundly beaten by SA, WI and India n most importantly qualified for the SF , thanks very much to the solitary point they got out of the rained out match against Eng where they had been bowled out for a herculean '74' !!!!!

  • Hurricane08 on March 7, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    1983 World Cup Finals - Richards and Lloyd were both in the pavilion and an Indian victory seemed just around the corner, but the target was still chaseable and Jeff Dujon seemed invincible. The partnership with Malcolm Marshall was 40+ runs already and they seemed to be inching towards the target. I was crestfallen. As an Indian fan it seemed so near and yet so far. And then Kapil handed the ball to Mohinder Amarnath. As I watched Mohinder lazily jog into bowl, he had no expression on his face and I was sure that this was a huge mistake. But lo and behold, the ball turned and knocked off Jeff Dujon's leg stump. We all jumped up cried out in unison "bowled" waking our parents and maybe even some neighbors. And that is when we started celebrating.

  • carbandpunk on March 7, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    The best world cup game was Sri Lanka vs Australia... Australia had got the big wicket of Dilshan in the second over and got Tharanga out early too... Later on Mahela and Sanga looked like they were going to make a comeback but then Mahela got run out... it wasn't over because Sangakarra and Samaraweera put on another partnership and Sri Lanka had got to 146/3 in 32.5 overs until it rained. great match... a classic :)

  • on March 7, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    l 1999 world cup semi final aus vs sa comes to mind , and especially last over of the match. lance klusener hitting shoaib akhtar for a six in one of the group matches still is in my mind. shoaib akhtar taking wicket of steve waugh clean bold that also gave a lot of pleasure.

  • Quazar on March 7, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    My memorables (chronologically): a) Jonty's flying run out of Inzamam! b) Akram's round the wkt pearls to Lamb & Lewis! c) Tendulkar smashing McGrath & Warne in Mumbai! d) Jadeja taking apart Waqar in Bangalore; then Prasad knocking over an abusive Sohail! e) Aravinda's knocks in the S/F and Final. f) Klusener's 2 cover drives off Fleming! And then that tragic run out... g) Ganguly & Dravid taking on Murali at Taunton h) Tendulkar taking apart Pakistan's formidable attack in 2003! i) Gilchrist destroying the bowlers in the 2007 finals!

  • Quazar on March 7, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - You should talk! Every neutral will tell you that in 1992, the 2 best overall teams were England and New Zealand. And Pakistan were 76 all out vs England and deserved to be knocked out of the running...but got 1 point due to the rain and managed to qualify for the S/F. Yes, they played brilliantly in the S/F and Final...but they were not the best overall team during that tournament...they even lost to India. As for India in 1983, we beat the WI twice...once in the league stage and once in the final...that's what worthy World Champs do.

  • Sreerang on March 7, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    1983- Greenidge b Sandhu. Can never forget the sight as Greenidge left the ball alone. Also Yashpal Sharma flicking a six off a yorker from Bob Willis & Patil hitting Willis for 6 fours in an over. 1987- Sachin, on 90, getting stumped off a wide from Mark Waugh & India loosing. 1992- Has to be the flying Jonty 1996- Agree with Steven here. That first over from Srinath 1999- What else- the fatal runout!! 2003- The Sachin 6 off Shoaib. Never was there so much of an adrenaline rush. And the Zaheer first over of the final after which the result was more or less evident. 2007- All the wrong reasons.

  • on March 7, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - you got a lot of facts wrong, mate! Sehwag's shot was an edge - Tendulkar's was an intentional upper cut over point. Pakistan (1992), Australia (1987, 1999) were definitely not the best teams. ENG was the best team in 87. New Zealand was in 92. Pakistan in 1999 was a much better all round team and they just let it slip. Even SA in 1999 was a better team than Australia before that semifinal. And there could always be "if and but" .. "if" Botham would've been given not out to Akram ( he still believes he hadn't nicked it) -92 finals could've been different - just like "if" Razzaq caught Tendulkar 2003 match might've been. WI in 75, 79 , SL in 96 and AUS in 03, 07 are the only teams who can claim to be complete, deserving winners.

  • on March 7, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    How can i forget Inzimam's 62 Against New Zeland in 1992 world cup semi final . it was one of those moments when no one knew who inzimam is and he made his mark through that inning .

  • vrindavan11 on March 7, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    KiwiRocker: Mate, you are talking rubbish.That 2 shots came of the middle,just ask shoaib and waqar.Shoaib was reluctant to bowl his next over himself inspite of wasim akram telling him to carry on (wasim himself told this on TV). From the records INDIA def WI in their first match of WC, then def AUS by 118 runs in their last group game to send them home and def hosts ENG by 6 wickets in SF to enter in the final.tell me why INDIA was not the best team in WC?? DON himself has rated Tendulkar so plz..

  • IndieFan on March 7, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: Mate. There can be many ifs and buts in a match. But without doubt Tendulkar dominated the Pakistani attack on that day.I don't have to give you the stats of Tendulkar to tell you how great he is. Everyone knows it. Whether you like it or not he is the greatest ODI player the world has ever produced. And what makes you say that Pakistan was the best side when they won the world cup. They were fourth in the group stage and even lost to India. They won only 4 matches before the Semis out of 8. So I would say Pakistan's Victory was also a fluke.

  • on March 7, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Lasith Malinga's 4 in 4, as SA nearly pulled off what could have been a superawesome choke.

  • harshthakor on March 7, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    1.1975-,Clive Lloyd's devastating 102 in the final ,Kalicharan's 78 and Windies 1 wicket win over Pak.

    2.1979-Viv Richards and Collis King's devastating batting in the final and the partnership of Zaheer and Majid in the semis against West Indies.

    3.1983-Kapil Dev's 175 against Zimbabwe and India's triumph in the final

    4.1987-Courtney Walsh's great sportsmanship against Pakistan , Australia's 1 run win over India and the Aussie semi final win.

    5.1992-Inzamam Ul Haq's classical 60 in the semi-final and Wasim Akram's devastating bowling spell in the final.

    6.1996-Aravindad D'silva's artistry in the semi-final.

    7.1999-The historic tied match in the semis between Australia and South Africa and Steve Waugh's 120.

    8.2003- Tendulkar's Bradmanesque 98 against Pakistan

    9.2007-Gilchrist's devastating 149 in the final ,Jayawardene in the semis ,and Malinga's devasating hatrick agaisnt the Proteas.

    10.2011-Ireland magnificient triumph and O'Brien's genius

  • diri on March 7, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Gibbs six 6's in the 2007 world cup that won him 1 million dollars

  • Grutness on March 7, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    I recall in 1992 thinking "what the hell is Crowe doing wasting the new ball on a spin bowler?" He knew what he was doing.

  • Meaner on March 7, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Pakistan beating Australia in the group game in 1999... the scene when Wasim took the final wicket to bowl out the Ozzies & win the game by just 10 runs... the last time Australia ever lost a world cup game.

  • KiwiRocker- on March 7, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    SeenuSabbu: Mate, what match were you watching. Sehwag's six to Waqar Younis was a good solid edge and so was Tendulkars. Waqar actually nailed Sehwag immediately with his cunning bowling. Actually Akhtar's bounder to Tendulkar was pretty brutal but sadly it came too late. If Razzaq would have caught Tendulkar off Wasim on 32 then no one will even talk about most over rated batsman in cricket Tendulkar's inning.While West Indies, Pakistan, SL, Australia have won world cups fair and square being the best teams, India's WC win in 1983 was a pure fluke thanks to an incredible catch by Kapil Dev. India was not the best team in that world cup and did not desrve to win but thats how one day cricket is...

  • on March 7, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Amazing memories, Steve. My earliest recollections are from the '83 WC, since I was too young to follow the '75 and '79 ones. Apart from the glorious final, there was the India vs. England semifinal that comes to mind. With just a couple of runs needed for victory, Bob Willis had his entire field on the off sife and bowled wide outside off to Sandip Patil, who chuckled and still drove it through the pack for 4! Then there was Nagpur in '87, the last group match between India & NZ. Sunil Gavaskar got his only ODI 100 there and lifted Chatfield off his front foot for a couple of sixes. Couldn't believe this was the same guy who'd done the now infamous 36 n.o. in the first WC.

  • smudgeon on March 7, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    My strongest and most vivid World Cup memory was the last ball of Australia v India in Brisbane in the 92 edition: India needed 4 off the last ball, and Srinath got a hold of one (a bit more off the middle and it would have been six), Steve Waugh dropped a bit of a sitter, before throwing it to David Boon (as wicket keeper!) who took the bails off to win Australia the match. All the drama that makes the 50 over game worth watching. I also remember listening to the radio for the entire match between Sri Lanka & Zimbabwe at the same cup, wondering how any team could chase down 312. A great run chase.

  • on March 7, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    The score read 135/2 in the 31st over when Inzamam went for a heave down the legside and it flew of the pad to point. Inzy took off for a single and was sent back by his captain. And then the clocks stopped ticking! A blue eyed 22 year old, who was lurking at backward point sprinted in, swooped down, picked the ball in his right hand, continued his run, dived head first with body parallel to the ground and with his arm outstretched dismantled the stumps as Inzamam was caught short of his crease. Jonty Rhodes had announced his arrival in International cricket. :)

  • SeenuSubbu on March 7, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    As an Indian the 1983 World Cup is one of the memories I will carry to my grave. One outstanding memory, of course watched on television, is the Balwinder Singh Sandhu ball to rid Gordon Greenidge. I hadn't ever seen a ball swing 90 degrees inside with such beauty and the batsman's shock on the face as he watched his "well left" delivery come and crash his gates is etched in my mind. To this day, if I haven't played cricket in a while, this ball comes in my dream, and of course I am the bowler. The entire 2003 World Cup, until the Finals that is, was the most wonderful experience for me. I still remember the sleep less nights out here in the United States, the graciousness of my host who not only invited us to watch all the games, but also provided us snack interludes and tea to supplement the fun. Cannot ever forget the game against Pakistan, the uppish cut sixers from Tendulkar and Sehwag off Shoab Akhthar and Waqar Younis being the most memorable experiences.

  • popcorn on March 7, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Add Ricky Ponting 's ruthless 140 not out and Damien Martyn's exquisite 88 not out that knocked the stuffing out of the Indians in the 2003 World Cup Final.

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  • popcorn on March 7, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Add Ricky Ponting 's ruthless 140 not out and Damien Martyn's exquisite 88 not out that knocked the stuffing out of the Indians in the 2003 World Cup Final.

  • SeenuSubbu on March 7, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    As an Indian the 1983 World Cup is one of the memories I will carry to my grave. One outstanding memory, of course watched on television, is the Balwinder Singh Sandhu ball to rid Gordon Greenidge. I hadn't ever seen a ball swing 90 degrees inside with such beauty and the batsman's shock on the face as he watched his "well left" delivery come and crash his gates is etched in my mind. To this day, if I haven't played cricket in a while, this ball comes in my dream, and of course I am the bowler. The entire 2003 World Cup, until the Finals that is, was the most wonderful experience for me. I still remember the sleep less nights out here in the United States, the graciousness of my host who not only invited us to watch all the games, but also provided us snack interludes and tea to supplement the fun. Cannot ever forget the game against Pakistan, the uppish cut sixers from Tendulkar and Sehwag off Shoab Akhthar and Waqar Younis being the most memorable experiences.

  • on March 7, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    The score read 135/2 in the 31st over when Inzamam went for a heave down the legside and it flew of the pad to point. Inzy took off for a single and was sent back by his captain. And then the clocks stopped ticking! A blue eyed 22 year old, who was lurking at backward point sprinted in, swooped down, picked the ball in his right hand, continued his run, dived head first with body parallel to the ground and with his arm outstretched dismantled the stumps as Inzamam was caught short of his crease. Jonty Rhodes had announced his arrival in International cricket. :)

  • smudgeon on March 7, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    My strongest and most vivid World Cup memory was the last ball of Australia v India in Brisbane in the 92 edition: India needed 4 off the last ball, and Srinath got a hold of one (a bit more off the middle and it would have been six), Steve Waugh dropped a bit of a sitter, before throwing it to David Boon (as wicket keeper!) who took the bails off to win Australia the match. All the drama that makes the 50 over game worth watching. I also remember listening to the radio for the entire match between Sri Lanka & Zimbabwe at the same cup, wondering how any team could chase down 312. A great run chase.

  • on March 7, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Amazing memories, Steve. My earliest recollections are from the '83 WC, since I was too young to follow the '75 and '79 ones. Apart from the glorious final, there was the India vs. England semifinal that comes to mind. With just a couple of runs needed for victory, Bob Willis had his entire field on the off sife and bowled wide outside off to Sandip Patil, who chuckled and still drove it through the pack for 4! Then there was Nagpur in '87, the last group match between India & NZ. Sunil Gavaskar got his only ODI 100 there and lifted Chatfield off his front foot for a couple of sixes. Couldn't believe this was the same guy who'd done the now infamous 36 n.o. in the first WC.

  • KiwiRocker- on March 7, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    SeenuSabbu: Mate, what match were you watching. Sehwag's six to Waqar Younis was a good solid edge and so was Tendulkars. Waqar actually nailed Sehwag immediately with his cunning bowling. Actually Akhtar's bounder to Tendulkar was pretty brutal but sadly it came too late. If Razzaq would have caught Tendulkar off Wasim on 32 then no one will even talk about most over rated batsman in cricket Tendulkar's inning.While West Indies, Pakistan, SL, Australia have won world cups fair and square being the best teams, India's WC win in 1983 was a pure fluke thanks to an incredible catch by Kapil Dev. India was not the best team in that world cup and did not desrve to win but thats how one day cricket is...

  • Meaner on March 7, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Pakistan beating Australia in the group game in 1999... the scene when Wasim took the final wicket to bowl out the Ozzies & win the game by just 10 runs... the last time Australia ever lost a world cup game.

  • Grutness on March 7, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    I recall in 1992 thinking "what the hell is Crowe doing wasting the new ball on a spin bowler?" He knew what he was doing.

  • diri on March 7, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Gibbs six 6's in the 2007 world cup that won him 1 million dollars

  • harshthakor on March 7, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    1.1975-,Clive Lloyd's devastating 102 in the final ,Kalicharan's 78 and Windies 1 wicket win over Pak.

    2.1979-Viv Richards and Collis King's devastating batting in the final and the partnership of Zaheer and Majid in the semis against West Indies.

    3.1983-Kapil Dev's 175 against Zimbabwe and India's triumph in the final

    4.1987-Courtney Walsh's great sportsmanship against Pakistan , Australia's 1 run win over India and the Aussie semi final win.

    5.1992-Inzamam Ul Haq's classical 60 in the semi-final and Wasim Akram's devastating bowling spell in the final.

    6.1996-Aravindad D'silva's artistry in the semi-final.

    7.1999-The historic tied match in the semis between Australia and South Africa and Steve Waugh's 120.

    8.2003- Tendulkar's Bradmanesque 98 against Pakistan

    9.2007-Gilchrist's devastating 149 in the final ,Jayawardene in the semis ,and Malinga's devasating hatrick agaisnt the Proteas.

    10.2011-Ireland magnificient triumph and O'Brien's genius