Cricket is one of the most celebrated game in the world. The Cricket World Cup has given some great moments to cricket fanatics down the years. Trying to pick the top 10, and then ranking them in order, was not an easy task.

Here, DSPORT has picked up the 10 most memorable Cricket World Cup moments:

2011 World Cup Win a gift to the ‘Cricket Legend’ Sachin Tendulkar

After conquering the 2011 world cup match, India became the first team to win the finals on home soil. India chased down Sri Lanka’s total of 274-6 and gave a fairy tale end to Sachin Tendulkar’s world cup career. The veteran batsman was carried around the Wankhede Stadium, his home ground in Mumbai, by his team-mates during the lap of honor. Virat Kohli summed up about the moment saying that, “Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is the time we carried him on our shoulders”.

Dwayne Leverock’s catch briefly rocks India in 2007

Bermudian cricketer Dwayne Leverock was a left arm orthodox spinner. Leverocks catch of Robin Utthapa during ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 remains in the memory of people. In an era where cricketers were fitness freak, training hard and putting a lot of hours in the gym. Dwayne became a unique figure on the field of play with his bulk and prominent paunch weighing, 127 kgs. Even before the match, there was a talk about his weight but later he ignited, hopes in a few oddly shaped to play the sport. Despite being a bowler, it was his fielding that was a moment in limelight.

Australia defy the odds to beat South Africa in 1999

Every world cup one of the most discussed subjects include whether South Africa will break the world cup knock out jinx or not. Australia and South Africa tied in a dramatic semifinal; both the teams were bowled out at 213. Despite the brilliance of Shane Warne who bagged four wickets, Lance Klusener’s swung the game back in the Proteas’ favor in the closing stages. It was a nervous moment when the wicket fell at the time when South Africa needed 16 runs from 10 balls. Klusener hammered two boundaries, with a solitary run required from four balls. However, on the fourth ball, Kulsener called for a tight single and Donald was run out due to the confusion ending up at the same end of the pitch. Despite the match being tied, Australia went through to the final as they were placed in a better position in the Super Six Stage.

Kevin O’Brien helps Ireland stun England in 2011

During 2011 world cup in India, England won the toss and decided to bat first against Ireland. England hit 327 runs in their allotted 50 overs. When it was Ireland’s turn run chase got off to the worst possible start. After 20th over England suddenly took control of the game just when Kevin O’Brien started hitting big shots. He hammered six sixes and 13 fours in total, with England simply having no answer to his aggression. With three needed off the last over, Mooney smashed the first ball through mid-wicket to create history. Irish celebrated their victory over their rivals as if there was no tomorrow.

South Africa suffer in the rain in 2003

South Africa has had a series of knockout jinx and misfortunes at world cups. In 1992, they were denied the opportunity to reach the final when the rules for bad weather worked against them. In 2003 target was to reach 269 while the threat of rain was a distraction. But they had only 229 on the scoreboard—the par total according to the Duckworth-Lewis method, which was put in place to make sure the side batting, first did not gain an unfair advantage. They had been on course to beat England in Sydney, but delays in play resulted in them eventually being left needing an impossible 21 from one ball. The umpires took the players from the field after that, leaving South Africa to sit and watch as their dreams of glory washed away.

Herschelle Gibbs hits 6 sixes in 2007

Herschelle Gibbs was a South African right-hander who became the first player to hit six sixes in an over of international cricket. Despite the match being cut over to 40 overs, it was a 221- run win over Netherlands. Jacques Kallis made an unbeaten hundred and Gibbs contributed 72 runs from 40 balls and overshadowed Jacques efforts.

Mike Gatting regrets playing the reverse sweep in 1987

Seems as if South Africa is not the only team with misfortunes England too has become customary to falling short in world cups, they have reached three finals and have lost them all. While Australia made 235 runs, England was on the verge of victory while Mike Gatting and Bill Athey were on the crease. When the Australian left arm off spinner came to bowl, Gatting opted to go for an adventurous reverse sweep. He deflected the ball off his own shoulder allowing the wicket-keeper to take the catch. The wicket proved costly and England lost their way, finishing seven runs short of their target.

Henry Ongola and Andy Flower make a stand in 2003

The decision to play matches in Zimbabwe was not universally approved, England refused to travel there. A pair of Zimbabwe players also took the opportunity to take a stand against the political situation in their home country. The pair wore their armbands in every World Cup game they played it was to “mourn the death of democracy,” The move was brave as the career of the players was at stake. Olonga played just once more in the tournament before he left Zimbabwe after a warrant for his arrest was issued on charges of treason. Flower, meanwhile, carried on playing, as his teammates threatened to strike if he was dropped. He would continue his career after the World Cup by playing domestic cricket in Australia and England.

WasimAkram destroys England in 1992 final

Pakistans first ever entry to the world cup final was a tale of twists and turns, with Wasim bringing a victorious ending to the match. Inzamam-ul-Haq (42 off 35 balls) and WasimAkram (33 off 18 balls) tore into the English attack and plundered 52 in six overs – decisive runs in the end analysis. He also got rid of Botham for a duck. In 35th over Akram produced a ripper of a ball to uproot Chris Lewis’s off stump. Akram’s crucial 31 runs and the wickets of Botham, Lamb, and Lewis ensured that he deservedly emerged as Man of the Final.

Gilchrist’s glove secret

In 2007 Australia vs Sri Lanka world cup, Australian batsman Adam Gilchrist revealed that he used a squash ball to give him a better grip. Gilchrist’s batting coach Bob Meuleman was the man behind the idea. He suggested the wicketkeeper-batsman try this technique to help improve his high grip. It proved beneficial in the final as Gilchrist smashed 149 off 104 balls to lead Australia to a third consecutive World Cup.

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