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2015 world cup special

MY FIRST INTRODUCTION TO CRICKET CAME FROM MY DAD. I REMEMBER THE exact moment—it was a hot summer day in 1985 when all of us kids in Phoenixville, outside of Philadelphia, gathered in my backyard for our daily whiffle ball game. My dad never took part in American sports exercises with me, but on this day, one of my friends asked him to be our designated pitcher. I can still feel the pit of my stomach churning 30 years later. Dad took the ball and walked about 10 yards past the mound. We curiously watched, as I quietly prayed he wouldn’t embarrass me. Suddenly, my dad came charging at full speed from the outfield (aka the sidewalk), eyes bulging, his face full of contorted concentration. He brought the ball back as he…

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choosing his religion

A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR. To be more specific, an American walks into The Australian on West 38th Street in Manhattan. He is a baseball fan in search of cricket, i.e., the telecast of the Nov. 21 ODI between South Africa and Australia in Melbourne. The place is packed, but it appears the joke is on him: There is no sign of the match on any of the 20 or so screens, just college and pro football games that the Garment District crowd is ignoring. But the helpful bartender from Down Under conjures up the scene from the Melbourne Cricket Ground on one of the TV sets. In a moment, the stranger is mesmerised by the athleticism of the bowlers, the skills of the batsmen, the 360-degree geometry of the game…

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numbers game

RUNFLATION In the first World Cup in 1975, the scoring rate was 3.91 runs per over, and four years later, it dropped to 3.54. Since then, the scoring rate has shown an upward trend, with two exceptions: In 1992, the scoring rate was 4.42, down 9.24% from the previous edition in the subcontinent; in 1999, there was a drop of 4.28% from the previous edition in 1996, also in the subcontinent. Given that the last World Cup was played in the subcontinent, you might expect the 2015 tournament to see a drop in rates too. However, the run rates in the past three World Cups have mirrored the overall rates in ODIs in the four years preceding each tournament. The scoring rate in the 2003 World Cup was 4.76, exactly the rate…

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the new world order

LIKE THE BEST INNOVATIONS, cricket’s World Cup met a need nobody had foreseen. Around July 1973—when it was mooted by those notorious radicals, the Test and County Cricket Board, during a meeting of that intellectual avant-garde, the International Cricket Conference, at that glass of fashion, Lord’s—positively nobody was arguing that what cricket needed was an eight-team limited-overs tournament. Wisden afforded the announcement two paragraphs on page 1114 of the 1974 edition. A six-page feature about one-day cricket in the same volume—“Cricket’s Strongest Wind of Change”—did not even mention it. In context, cricket’s inaugural “global” event seemed paltry too. In 1974, football held its 10th World Cup: 38 matches in West Germany attended by an average crowd of nearly 50,000, involving 16 competitors who had made it through more than 200 qualifying…

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the world cup & me

THE BEST OF THE BEST Among batsmen who have scored at least 750 World Cup runs, only West Indian Viv Richards has a better average than Rahul Dravid. MY EARLIEST MEMORY of the World Cup would have to be from June 1983, in Indore, India, on holiday with my cousins. I was ten, just beginning to understand cricket. I was crestfallen when Sunil Gavaskar got out early in the final. Then, against 183, West Indies needed just one good partnership. But India kept taking wickets, and I remember the final moments when Mohinder Amarnath got Michael Holding leg before. Watching Kapil Dev lift that World Cup was one of the things that inspired me to be a cricketer. In 1992, watching Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli, guys my age, playing in a World…

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10 for 10

1975 ALL HAIL THE QUEEN Players from Australia, East Africa, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies visit Buckingham Palace on June 7 with Queen Elizabeth and her sons, Prince Phillip (right of the Queen) and Prince Charles (left). Standing on the first step are two giants of world cricket: West Indies’ Clive Lloyd (fifth from left), who helped his side win the inaugural World Cup, and Pakistan’s Sarfraz Nawaz (sixth from left). 1979 THE WAY WE WERE West Indies captain Clive Lloyd holds aloft the Prudential Trophy at the Lord’s balcony, with a ruminative Malcolm Marshall and Viv Richards standing by and Larry Gomes looking on. This was to be West Indies’ grandest moment at the World Cup, back-to-back title triumphs against Australia and England. While they remained powerful through the…

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