When the World Cup left us cold

Osman Samiuddin: The tournament in the West Indies ought to have been among the most joyous, but it was marked by cheerlessness and dismay


Dark and dreary

Fourteen teams competed in an unwieldy schedule that culminated in a high-scoring, one-sided final

Vignettes: 41

Tamim goes after Zaheer

With poise, balance and hand-speed reminiscent of a young Saeed Anwar, Tamim Iqbal took apart India's spearhead

Vignettes: 42

Sobers, Shastri, and Gibbs

After the fourth six off the hapless Daan van Bunge, Herschelle Gibbs knew the record was on

Vignettes: 43

Malinga slings four in four

South Africa needed four runs to win with five wickets in hand, when Lasith Malinga took out four batsmen in four balls

Vignettes: 44

McGrath's early knockout punch

Glenn McGrath accounted for South Africa's three most obdurate batsmen, and ended the contest inside the first ten overs of the semi-final

Vignettes: 45

Gilchrist squashes Sri Lanka

By the time he was finished, there was little doubt about the place of Adam Gilchrist's hundred in the pantheon of innings in World Cup finals

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Who hit the most sixes in the tournament?

  • A. Matthew Hayden
  • B. Herschelle Gibbs
  • C. Adam Gilchrist
  • D. Sanath Jayasuriya


Most Runs
Player Mat Runs HS Ave SR
ML Hayden (Aus) 11 659 158 73.22 101.07
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 11 548 115* 60.88 85.09
RT Ponting (Aus) 11 539 113 67.37 95.39
SB Styris (NZ) 10 499 111* 83.16 83.44
JH Kallis (SA) 10 485 128"* 80.83 83.91
Most Wickets
Player Mat Wkts BBI Ave Econ
GD McGrath (Aus) 11 26 3/14 13.73 4.41
M Muralitharan (SL) 10 23 4/19 15.26 4.14
SW Tait (Aus) 11 23 4/39 20.30 5.52
GB Hogg (Aus) 11 21 4/27 15.80 4.00
SL Malinga (SL) 8 18 4/54 15.77 4.86