It was a mostly forgettable World Cup for all but Adam Gilchrist's manic, squash-ball-aided innings in the final. The first World Cup in the West Indies was supposed to be a celebration of Caribbean cricket culture but Bob Woolmer's tragic death; the alienation of local fans thanks to over-priced tickets, far-away stadiums and draconian regulations; India's and Pakistan's early exits; the painfully long schedule; and the farcical end, in near-darkness, ensured few would remember it fondly...
|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|
|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|
Gibbs goes for broke Midway through the 30th over, from the hapless Dan van Bunge, it was clear Herschelle Gibbs was going for a record that had always been considered elusive. His six sixes weren't miscues, but conventional shots they were not. Smears one and all, over long-off, long-on and midwicket, it was arguably some of the most reckless driving ever seen on a cricket pitch...
Batting with a squash ball inside your glove can be a painful experience, but not for Gilchrist. This was his third scene-stealer in consecutive World Cup finals. But nothing quite compared to this. He set the tone by clubbing Chaminda Vaas for four and six in the second over and never looked back...