World Cup Vignette


Starc removes the McCullum threat
Starc removes the McCullum threat

The World Cup final swung in Australia's favour right in the first over

Elliott's six sends New Zealand to their first World Cup final
Elliott's six sends New Zealand to their first World Cup final

Five runs to get in two balls - what do you do, Grant?

Wahab (nearly) dismantles Watson
Wahab (nearly) dismantles Watson

An epic tale of bowler v batsman

Bangladesh knock out England
Bangladesh knock out England

Rubel Hossain took four wickets to help his side advance to the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals

Dhoni wins it with a six
Dhoni wins it with a six

In 2011, MS Dhoni helped end a 28-year wait for India and gifted Sachin Tendulkar something he had craved throughout his career

A pink typhoon
A pink typhoon

England had been contemplating a walk in the park against Ireland, but they found themselves at the receiving end of a pasting

Yuvraj steers India clear
Yuvraj steers India clear

Beating an Australian team is never an easy job, least of all in a knockout match in a World Cup. In 2011, Yuvraj Singh was determined to do it

Oram, South Africa and the curse
Oram, South Africa and the curse

Inexplicable things happen to South Africa in ICC events, but how did they choke during a chase of 222 in the 2011 game against New Zealand?

A pearl that could have been priceless
A pearl that could have been priceless

Mahela Jayawardene's classic hundred did not deserve to be the only one of six in World Cup finals to not earn the maker's side the trophy

Gilchrist squashes Sri Lanka
Gilchrist squashes Sri Lanka

By the time the Australian opener was finished in the 2007 title match, there was little doubt about the place of his knock in the pantheon of innings played in World Cup finals

McGrath's early knockout punch
McGrath's early knockout punch

Glenn McGrath all but ended the 2007 semi-final inside the first ten overs

Malinga slings four in four
Malinga slings four in four

South Africa needed four runs to win against Sri Lanka, with five wickets in hand, when Lasith Malinga ripped them apart

Sobers, Shastri... Gibbs
Sobers, Shastri... Gibbs

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

Tamim goes after Zaheer
Tamim goes after Zaheer

With poise, balance and hand speed reminiscent of a young Saeed Anwar, one young Bangladeshi took apart India's spearhead in 2007

Ponting leads another Australian juggernaut
Ponting leads another Australian juggernaut

His belligerent innings left India hapless in the 2003 final

The World Cup catches political heat
The World Cup catches political heat

The day in 2003 that Andy Flower and Henry Olonga took a political, and potentially dangerous, stand against the Zimbabwe government

Nehra's Durban masterclass
Nehra's Durban masterclass

When Ashish Nehra gritted his teeth and produced a top-notch display of seam bowling against England

Roy steamrolls Pakistan
Roy steamrolls Pakistan

A captain's hunch brought Andrew Symonds into Australia's 2003 World Cup squad and he repaid that faith in the first game

Gilchrist's conscientious moment
Gilchrist's conscientious moment

In the semi-final against Sri Lanka in 2003, Adam Gilchrist walked back to the pavilion despite being given not out by the on-field umpire

Tendulkar lands a timeless KO
Tendulkar lands a timeless KO

He lived the match a year in advance, and when he finally walked out to bat against Pakistan in 2003, he produced a classic