Cricket World Cup is held
once in every four years by International
Cricket Council (ICC) at different venues of the
world. Like other World Cup tournaments, ICC
Cricket World Cup 2015 was also organized with
great pomp and show in New Zealand and Australia
from 14th February, 2015 to 29th March, 2015.
This happened to be the second time when a
Cricket World Cup tournament was organized in
Australia and New Zealand. The first tournament
was held in the year 1992.
The 2015 cricket world cup was the 11th Cricket World Cup. The ambassador for this World Cup was Sachin Tendulkar. This was the second time when he was appointed the brand ambassador for the World Cup tournament. The first time he was appointed as a World Cup Ambassador was in 2011.
Fourteen different cricket playing nations participated in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. All these participating teams were divided into two groups - Pool A and Pool B. Australia, England, Bangladesh, New Zealand Sri Lanka, Scotland and Afghanistan were in Pool A. India, South Africa, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, United Arab Emirates, West Indies and Ireland were in Pool B. Team India was the defending champion, having bagged the award in the year 2011. The host teams - New Zealand and Australia made it to the final match, with Australia winning the World Cup final by 7 wickets to grab the ICC World Cup title for the fifth time. James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc of Australia were awarded the 'Man of the Match' and 'Man of the Series' awards, respectively.
Many old records were broken and new records were made by teams and individual players in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Two double tons were scored by Martin Guptill of New Zealand (237) and Chris Gayle of West Indies (215) in this tournament. In fact Chris Gayle's century was the first ever double century in any World Cup match. Glenn Maxwell scored the second fastest century in the World Cup off just 51 balls. For the first time in the history of Cricket World Cup, six fours were scored by a batsman in a single over. This record was accomplished by Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan against Mitchell Johnson of Australia. After defeating South Africa in the semi final match, New Zealand became the first team to successfully chase-run in a Cricket World Cup knockout match. Many other such feats were achieved in the Cricket World Cup 2015.
Even team India managed to create a mark in this World Cup tournament. Mr. Ravi Sundaram was appointed as one of the umpires in the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in the tournament. After beating Bangladesh in the quarterfinals, Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first Indian captain and first non-Australian captain to record 100 One-Day International (ODI) wins as a captain. Further, in this tournament Team India managed to bowl out the opponents for seven consecutive times. The fact that Team India failed to win the ICC World Cup title for the third time, was quite heartbreaking for the Indian fans. However, Team India managed to crush Pakistan for the 6th time in a row in the World Cup tournaments. This was a huge satisfaction for the Indian cricket fans in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. For them this win was equivalent to winning the World Cup title itself.
I watched the final match on the TV with my parents and friends. One day I wish to see it in real time.