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- The biggest upset ever in the history of world cup is the one back in 1983 when Zimbabwe, playing their 1st world cup match ever, defeated Australia. The very next match they posed a huge threat to India too by knocking off the top order cheaply for 17/5. Then came in one of the best ODI innings of all-time by Kapil Dev 175*. As Sunil Gavaskar would quote – “That innings changed the perspective of the game as a whole.”
- Jonty Rhodes is the only player to receive Man of the Match award without being a part of the team. He was awarded for his fielding, where he came in as a substitute, and a catch which turned out to be match turning against Pakistan in 1992.
- In 1996 World cup, Shane Warne had a great Semi-final against South Africa and was high on confidence going into the final. But right before the final, Arjuna Ranatunga made the headlines by calling him an “Over-rated bowler” and that he can be tackled pretty easily. These words didn’t go well with the Aussie and was brought in to bowl exactly when Ranatunga came into bat in the final. Ranatunga smacked him for boundaries all over the park and repeated the same words even after the match. Shane Warne called him the most arrogant cricketer he has ever played against but still, named him in the best 100 cricket players he has ever played against. You see where that chemistry is going?!! 😛 😉
- The shortest match ever in the history of cricket lasted for 10 deliveries. 1.4 overs. This happened between West indies and England at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. 10 deliveries were enough to establish that the sandy outfield was unsafe for the bowlers and the match, amid much embarrassment and blame, was abandoned as a draw.
- For a period in the early 1980s,the West Indies powered with the bat by Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and Co at their peak and with the ball by the most fearsome attack in the games history – Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Co – were literally unbeatable. The men from Caribbean did not lose a single one in a streak of 27 matches. It still remains the longest unbeaten streak in Test history.