Aussies win World Cup again

Melbourne: Just like in the last four World Cup wins, Australia has made the rival team look ordinary when they won the World Cup for the fifth time on Sunday here beating New Zealand. In 1999, 2003 and 2007 also Australia had a one-sided performance dominating the fellow finalist in all departments. In MCG before a massive crowd of more than 90 thousand spectators, Australia humiliated New Zealand by dismissing for 183 in 45 overs and then hitting up 186 in just 33.1 overs. The dogged fourth wicket partnership between New Zealand batsmen Grant Elliott and Ross Taylor did not help their team.

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  • 5th World Cup win for Aussies
  • New Zealand belied expectations
  • A boring final, nothing to write home about
  • The 7-week cricket jamboree ends on a tame note

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Australia’s most successful batsman Smith had partnered with Clarke to hit up 112 runs in the final. Smith has been batting exceedingly well throughout the tournament. The much awaited final had proved to be a damp squib with bizarre performance from New Zealand. The whole tournament which went on for seven weeks in Australia and co-host New Zealand where 49 matcher were played on 44 days, there were less than half a dozen matches worth talking about. And the last two matches were certainly not among them. The second semi-final between Australia and India and the final between Australia and New Zealand were dominated by a very strong Australian team. Australia deserved to win the Cup.

In fact the statistics were more interesting than the cricket itself. According to the Chief Executive of ICC, David Richardson, “the maches provided a tangible measure of the success of the event as the most watched and best attended cricket event in history”.

Out of all the matches, the one between South Africa and New Zealand (first semi-final) was the most absorbing. It was about the best. The second best was the match played by Australia and New Zealand (first edition, not the final). New Zealand versus Ireland also was a great match. So were the matches between Scotland and Afghanistan on one hand and the one between England versus Bangladesh on the other. In no match of any consequence was India involved although it won seven successive matches taking all the wickets of the opposing teams all the seven times before tamely losing to Australia in the semi-final encounter.

There were some truly great individual performances from de Velliers 162, Gayle’s 215, Guptill’s 237 with bat and Southee’s 7 for 33, Stare’s 6 for 28 with the ball. Smith of Australia has been consistent performer with the bat. There were two double centuries, seven over 150, 38 centuries. So to say, there was no shortage of batting prowess or skillful bowling. There were 28 four-wicket hauls and two hat-tricks. But there was not a single match which made us sit on the edge of our chairs or which went down to the wire.

The 49 matches were attended by 1.016, 421 people on 44 days. The final venue MCG attracted a record crowd. The matches were broadcast by 44 licencees in seven languages across 220 territories. The India-Pakistan match was watched by 28.8 crore Indians. The Australia-England match was watched on TV by 21 lakhs people in Australia alone. 10 Radio licencees broadcast in 88 territories. In the new media, Websites attracted 2.6 crore unique visitors and the overall page views were an incredible 22.7 crore.

That is all for now. The next World Cup cricket will be played again after four years.

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