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World Cup 2015: Eleven memorable moments

New Delhi: As we bid adieu to the World Cup 2015 with vintage Australia having emerged as a champion for the 5th time, the tournament has been a great success not just in terms of

India TV Sports Desk [ Updated: March 30, 2015 12:28 IST ]
world cup 2015 eleven memorable moments
world cup 2015 eleven memorable moments

New Delhi: As we bid adieu to the World Cup 2015 with vintage Australia having emerged as a champion for the 5th time, the tournament has been a great success not just in terms of viewing, but in terms of runs and wickets as well.

From the players from associate nations to the world champions, the tournament has witnessed some of the most scintillating cricket moments, both with the bat and ball and some heart-breaking ones too.

But few stand alone performances by the players will be remembered and cherished by cricket fans in coming time.

Let's take a look at some of the best moments from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

 

1) World Champions Australia

What could be a better memory for cricket fans watching their favorite, Australia, lifting the coveted trophy for the record 5th time?

In front of a packed house at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia clinched the ICC World Cup, thrashing New Zealand by seven wickets to provide a perfect sendoff to skipper Michael Clarke, who played a key role with a 74-run knock in his final ODI appearance.

After the bowlers produced a clinical performance, skittling out New Zealand for 183, the stage was set for the Australian captain, who used the platform to the fullest with a stylish 72-ball innings as the hosts regained the trophy by winning the match in 33.1 overs to end an eight-year wait.

Australia also becomes the second team to win the world cup on its home soil.

 

2) De Villiers to Morkel – when the champions cried on field

It was really sad to see the cricket legendaries crying on the field after the hopes being dashed to win the World Championship.

In an epic quarterfinal clash between the New Zealanders and South Africa, AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw and many others cried on field after the proteas were outplayed by the Kiwi batsmen.

Seeing their favorite players crying on the field might not have pleased their fans but they surely won the hearts with the fight and spirit they showcased on the field. Even though they lost to better team on the day, they left with a promise to come back stronger.

 

3) Kumar Sangakkara's four consecutive tons

Sri Lanka's milestone man Kumar Sangakkara continued to grow taller in stature by playing his best cricket towards the fag end of his career, with batting records having fallen to his feet.

With his 124 in Sri Lanka's last Pool - A match against Scotland, Sangakkara became the first man in the history of ODI cricket to hit four consecutive centuries - with his last three knocks reading 104 vs Australia, 117* vs England and 105* vs Bangladesh.

Sangakkara also completed 14000 runs, becoming only the second man to do so after Sachin Tendulkar.

But it was a heart-break finish for him and Sri Lanka as well, after the team was ousted by South Africa in quarterfinals.

Scoring four centuries in a row is no easy task and he will be remembered for this feat for a long time in future.

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