Why is Cricket World cup the top competition in India?
Cricket World cup: one of the most important tournaments in India
Why Indians are into Cricket World cup tournaments
India has embraced cricket as the most popular and beloved sport. If you take a traveling guide about India, you will see amazing pictures of Indian people (especially the youngest ones) playing cricket on the streets.
Certainly, Cricket has become the biggest passion for Indians around time, no matter age or gender. It is a common leisure activity among people in India. Now, Cricket has been a federated sport in India and other commonwealth countries as well.
Cricket aim is to make runs and remove the batsmen by preventing them from scoring points. Furthermore, there are two scorers who oversee the marking reflecting the statistics of the match and two arbitrators who resolve the doubts arising from the same, ordering the series of pitches consisting of six runs per over.
In fact, cricket started gaining popularity since India won the Cricket World Cup in 1975 and 1979 respectively. Later, in 2003, the Twenty Cup was released and India won it then, proving once again why Cricket is relevant for Indians.
According to statistics, when a Cricket World cup is held, an estimate of 150 million cricket fans in India sit back on the couch and watch the cricket matches on television which are spread over five days with five hours of daily competition with other countries and different teams.
On the other hand, most of Indian fanatics consider Mahendra Singh Dhoni the leader or Indian cricket. This 27 years old man has become the champion and outstanding sportsman of the game in which his followers have decided to raise a temple in honor of his ability to worship him for having achieved so many victories in the team.
Now, all Indian cricket fans cannot wait for the Cricket World cup 2023 since India is the event’s host! In addition, the Cricket World cup has many other tournaments related such as Twenty20 (where India also lifted the major prize) or the ICC Women’s World Cup, which takes place this year.
According to the news, the Cricket World cup 2023 was supposed to take place from February 9th to March 26th, 2023 but the dates were rescheduled to October and November 2023, due to the pandemic. So, get ready for enjoying the best of Cricket World cup soon!
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What to know about Cricket World cup
As mentioned before, Cricket World cup has been considered the main team-level competition for cricketers. The main teams have played there since 1975. Nowadays, 16 qualified teams participate from a total of 97 affiliated teams to the International Cricket Council, also known by its acronym ICC: the main cricket association.
After Football World Cup and the Olympics, this is one of the biggest sportive events around over the worlds if you check out the number of media attention it attracts. Currently, the champion is the England team, who defeated New Zealand in the 2019 final, lifting the Cricket World Cup for the first time.
According to its records, Australia has won the most victories, getting five titles. On the other hand, West Indies, a team formed of some Caribbean countries and India have lifted the Cricket World Cup twice. Moreover, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the other two teams which have won that trophy.
The most outstanding cricketers worldwide – Cricket World cup
When you watch Cricket tournaments, no matter if we are talking about the Cricket World cup or any other, what makes it an exciting competition is the role that players take. Passion, technique, effort, perseverance, and more outstanding qualities lead players to perform giving more than their best on the Cricket field.
Cricket players become an inspiration for people since sports often make people challenge themselves, facing the worst fears but also achieving the greatest goals and learning meaningful life lessons which can be shared with cricket fans and many other people.
Now, let’s meet the 24 most outstanding male players in the history of cricket, rated by cricket media experts. Some of them have been retired but some others continue giving their best efforts on the cricket field, especially during the Cricket World cup:
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India): He is a former international cricketer who have leaded the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2017 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. Now that Cricket World cup will be held next year, Indians have great expectations about Singh Dhoni’s performance in the next Cricket World cup.
- Chris Gayle: (West Indies) There is no player who can hit the ball as Gayle does. Gayle has been a sensation whose batting is full of extraordinary power and energy, which makes him become a cricket legend.
- Steve Waugh: (Australia) Steve Waugh is one of the best leaders and all-rounders in Australian cricket. He has represented Australia for 20 years. Furthermore, Waugh has scored over 10, 000 runs in Test cricket at an extraordinary average of 51.06 (32 hundred and 50 fifties).
- Rahul Dravid: (India) Rahul Dravid has got the best defensive technique in cricket’s history. He is also known as 'The Wall'. Dravid has scored more than 13, 000 runs in Test cricket at an overwhelming average of 52.31. Furthermore, he has passed a 50-run score 194 times in his career.
- Inzamam Ul Haq: (Pakistan) People consider Inzamam one of the ultimate professional players of all time since his role was crucial for Pakistan in their 1992 World Cup victory. Conforming to average cricket records, Inzamam has scored 129 half centuries and 35 centuries during his career.
- Jack Hobbs: (England) Jack Hobbs has been named 'The Master' due to his skill when it comes to batting, becoming a cricket legend. He got an average of 56.95 in Test cricket, which is a remarkable achievement. Even he passed away in 1963, he is still considered one of the best English cricketers ever seen.
- Wally Hammond: (English) Hammond was regarded as one of the best English cricket players as he scored more than 50, 000 runs in his first-class career and more than 7, 000 runs in Test cricket with an unbelievable average of 58.45.
- Shaun Pollock: (South Africa) South Africa is proud of two of the greatest all-rounders of all time and Pollock was one of them being more than a bowler since his fantastic deliveries troubled all the great bowlers. He had taken 421 wickets in Test matches with an average of 23.11.
- Javed Miadad: (Pakistan) Miadad is one of the greatest cricketers of all time and his attitude has made him a standout in the sport. Certainly, Miadad has become a national Pakistani pride as cricketer!
- Glenn Donald McGrath: (Australia) Cricket fans say McGrath is the best bowler in Australian and world cricket and they are so right. He bowls with a fast medium pace and holds the record for most grounds in the Cricket World cup history.
- Ricky Ponting: (Australia) Australia has won two consecutive World Cups under his captainship. He is one of the most elegant and classy batsmen and has dominated all the top bowlers. Punter has scored 27, 000+ runs and 71 centuries in his prolific career.
- Brian Lara: (Trinidad and Tobago) Brian Lara is one of the greatest Test and ODI batsmen of all time. Lara has scored the best 400 runs in a Test cricket innings and has conquered the best bowlers around over the world.
- Wasim Akram: (Pakistan) People name Wasim Akram the "King of Swing". A very passionate Pakistani bowler, who bowled created serious problems for the batsmen, he also scored 257 runs in a Test match innings.
- Shane Warne: (Australia) Shane Warne is the greatest leg-spinner of all time. Experts say: “His cricketing career is considered the benchmark for all leg-spinners”.
- Jacques Kallis: (South Africa) If we talk about the best and fanciest rounders, no cricketer can beat Jacque Kallis. He has scored more than 24, 000 runs with more than 500 grounds in his career. His class is unmatched.
- Dennis Lillee: (Australia) Dennis Lillee is identified as one of the most lethal bowlers of all time. Lillee has been known for his passionate personality, 'never-say-die' attitude and fame with the cricket fans.
- Ian Botham: (England) Ian was the best all-rounder of the 1970s, one of the best all-rounders England ever had been proud of.
- Imran Khan: (Pakistan) Imran Khan led Pakistan to World Cup glory with his exceptional leadership and cricketing skills in 1992. He is considered one of the greatest bowlers of all-rounders ever seen.
- Kapil Dev: (India) Under the leadership of Kepil-Dev, India won their first World Cup title in 1983. He was a talented batsman along with impressive bowling skills. In short, Kapil was a true all-rounder.
- Garfield Sobers (Barbados): Garfield Sobers is one of the greatest all-rounders the world has ever witnessed. His batting average of temper, class and test is superior to many legendary cricketers.
- Vivians Richard: (West Indies) Richard is famous for his amazing and explosive batting skills. He averages 47+ in ODIs with a SR of 90+.
- Sachin Tendulkar: (India) This batting Guru has scored a hundred in his career, a record that seems unbreakable. “He has the greatest number of runs in ODI and Test formats, with over 34, 000 runs to his credit. He is one of only two players who can score a double century in an ODI match”, experts say.
- Sir Don Bradman: (Australia) Sir Don Bradman is considered the greatest batsman of all time as he averaged approximately 100 in Test cricket. He passed away in 2001, but he has a great legacy in cricket history.
But, what about Women’s Cricket World Cup?
While male cricketers are training for World Cup 2023, female cricketers are getting ready for the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022, which will be the twelfth edition of the Women's Cricket World Cup. This tournament will be held in New Zealand in March and April 2022.
It was originally scheduled for February 6 to March 7, 2021. Even tough, the event was rescheduled by one year due to the pandemic. On December 15, 2020, the ICC confirmed that the tournament will be held from March 4 to April 3, 2022.
Women's Cricket World Cup 2022 will have round-robin and knockout tournament format(s) and eight nations will come together there when playing the 31 scheduled matches. New Zealand automatically qualified as host.
Originally, it was announced that three more teams would qualify from the ongoing ICC Women's Championship 2017-2020, but in 2018 this was changed to four teams plus the hosts. The top three teams from a ten-team qualification will also play in this edition of the Women's World Cup.
Even tough, on May 12, 2020, the ICC confirmed that the qualifying tournament had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In August 2020, the ICC confirmed that the qualifying tournament would be held in 2021.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the six venues for the 2022 Women's World Cup. Hagley Oval will host the final on March 11, 2020, Five other venues, which will be used for the league stage and the semi-finals, are Eden Park, Seddon Park, Bay Oval, University Oval and Basin Reserve.
A total of 31 matches will be played, including semifinals and a final, and all matches will be broadcast live. The opening match will be played at Eden Park, Auckland. The two semi-finals will be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton and Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, and the final match will be played at Eden Park, Auckland.
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Cricket World cup is the major Cricket event ever seen. In the current years, we will have the chance to watch on the field the best cricketers from Australia, India, South Africa, and West Indies. Get ready to enjoy the best of World Cup!