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In Case You Missed It: Upsets galore at the World Cup, Ganguly makes his exit

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Over to the Super 12s: Mark Adair celebrates with Harry Tector, Ireland vs West Indies, ICC Men's T20 World Cup, Hobart, October 21, 2022

The Super 12s are that way: Ireland celebrate knocking West Indies out of the tournament  •  ICC via Getty Images

Has a World Cup ever begun with as many nailbiters as this edition? Namibia set the tone for the first round with a 55-run thrashing of Sri Lanka before being knocked out of the tournament themselves. Two-time champions West Indies crashed out without getting a foot into the Super 12s after losing to both Scotland and Ireland. With the main round kicking off next week, here are all the stories and interviews to catch up on this week.
Harry Tector: 'With T20, you're not going to be as consistent. It's about putting in match-winning performances'
The Ireland batter spoke to Matt Roller about his tough run in T20Is, his cricket-mad family, and his belief in the squad's ability to go further in the T20 World Cup this year.
DIY star Ryan Burl embodies new Zimbabwe's ethos
The allrounder, who once made an impassioned social media plea for a sponsor to step in so Zimbabwe didn't have to glue their shoes together themselves, now finds himself at the World Cup. He spoke to Firdose Moonda about his turn to legspin, learning from Rashid Khan and Ish Sodhi, and finding himself in a newly positive national side, one that believes, as fast bowler Brad Evans does, that they are not coming back from Australia before the main World Cup starts.
Tangeni Lungameni is making up for lost time: 'You've got to be in the system to change it'
The Namibia seamer walked away from a game that seemed to actively exclude black players like him, but he made his way back to the World Cup squad - after being a community coach, playing in a 4th XI and being head groundsman for Cricket Namibia.
How Rovman Powell grabbed his cricket ticket out of poverty with both hands
Sruthi Ravindranath traces the story of a young boy who saw in the game a way to give his family a better life and pinned all his hopes on it.
From optimism to cynicism: how Sourav Ganguly's tenure as BCCI president petered out
Last week news broke that Ganguly would not contest a second term as BCCI president and Roger Binny was picked to replace him. Jayaditya Gupta writes about how Ganguly came in with promises to make Indian cricket a better place but, his exit has only brought the realisation that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Is Namibia's win over Sri Lanka in the 2022 T20 World Cup their first against a Test-playing nation?
And how many players have scored a century and taken a wicket in all three international formats? Burning World Cup and other questions answered in this week's Ask Steven.
Who is the only player to score 99 in a T20 World Cup?
And who has taken the most catches overall in the tournament? Take our T20 World Cup quiz to test your knowledge of the competition.
Mark Wood: 'My role isn't to try and go for five, six an over, it's to try and get good players out'
Two elbow surgeries and a frustrating year later, the England fast bowler is finding his stride, and pace, again in time for the T20 World Cup, his third across formats.
Matthew Wade: 'When you go in feeling like every tournament is your last, it's funny how open-minded it makes you'
The Australia wicketkeeper-batter talks about finding a second wind as a finisher, even as the end of his international career looms.
Watch: Shaheen Shah Afridi: the rise of the falcon
How a boy from a remote town near the Khyber Pass became one of the most fearsome fast bowlers in the world.