India is hosting the mega tournament for the first time all by itself. The competition will begin on October 5 in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium when the defending champions, England, take against New Zealand. It is worth all the hype as it is the biggest cricket tournament. This year 10 teams will battle it out for the championship. Let us take a look at some of the interesting facts about the Cricket World Cup.
1. Zimbabwe Will Miss The Tournament Again
Zimbabwe was never a winner of the tournament, but it was a tough competitor in the old days. However, now the team does not play that much great cricket, so they failed to qualify this time. This is the first time since 1983 in 36 years that Zimbabwe missed the Cricket World Cup tournament 2019.
2. West Indies Failed To Qualify For The First Time
The World Cup tournament hosts India, and the World’s top seven other cricket teams automatically qualified for the World Cup. However, the rest of the teams had to go through qualifiers to get a place in the World Cup. West Indies and Zimbabwe failed to qualify, and Sri Lanka and Netherlands qualified for the World Cup.
3. First Cricket World Cup Tournament
The very first Cricket World Cup tournament was played back in 1975. Each innings has an over limit of 60 back then. The rules were revised after three World Cups, and the limit was set to 50 overs per innings in 1987.
4. Toss Happened Twice In The 2011 World Cup Final
During the World Cup 2011 final between India and Sri Lanka, the umpire did not hear Kumara Sangakkara’s call during the toss. So he flipped the coin once again. It is stated that the crowd was bursting out loud cheers, and that caused it all.
5. Highest Run Scorer In World Cups
Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run scorer in ODI’s and Tests and also the highest run-scorer in the World Cup tournament. He has 2278 runs on his name, which he scored during World Cups.
6. Highest Wicket Taker
The former Aussie pacer, Glenn McGrath, is the highest wicket-taker in the world Cup. A total of 71 batsmen have become the victim of his bowling during the World Cup tournaments.
7. First Ever Hat-trick In World Cup
The former Indian bowler, Chetan Sharma, is hailed as the first hat-trick hero of the World Cup. He bowled three English batsmen in the back-to-back deliveries during the 1987 World Cup.
8. Fastest Bowl During The World Cup
The Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar, is best known for his superfast pace bowling. During the 2003 World Cup, he bowled a 160 KMPH delivery to English batsman Nick Knight.
9. Weight Of The Trophy
The trophy is as majestic as it looks. It weighs 11 kg with a length of 650 MM.
10. First World Cup Match Abandoned
It was way back in the 1996 World Cup Semi-Final, which was played between India and Sri Lanka at Calcutta. India was about to lose this Semi-Final when angry crowds threw bottles inside the stadium and even put fire to sitting areas. This forced match officials to officially abandon the game and gave victory to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka went on to win the World Cup in 1996, defeating Australia in the Final.
11. Tournament Style
This year, the tournament will be played in a similar style as the last World Cup played. The teams will have league matches, and the top 4 will qualify for the playoffs.
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