Australia's Win was the Final Memorbale Moment of a Wonderful World Cup
March 31, 2015
The World Cup may be over but the celebrations are still continuing in the Aussie camp after Australia claimed their fifth title and their first on home soil. While the final was a dream match-up for promoters with both co-hosts going head to head; for New Zealand it was a nightmare. The Kiwis crumbled as the World’s top One Day team methodically went about doing what they do best. Though the finale didn’t have a thrilling finish there was no taking away from a sensational spectacle in Melbourne, which capped off a tournament full of memorable moments.
Amazing Ending to Captain Clarke’s One Day Career
After Australia’s bowlers blistered through the Black Caps batsmen in just 45 overs the scene was set for retiring Skipper Michael Clarke to take centre stage with the willow. And the Captain delivered in his final one day innings, top scoring with 74 runs as his side chased down New Zealand’s 183 with 7 wickets to spare. He was quick to praise his entire squad before stating that there was 1 more man in the team that wasn’t present. The Aussies dedicating their World Cup win to former Australian star Phillip Hughes who tragically passed away in November after being stuck on the head by a ball during a match.
Massive MCG Crowd for Final
93, 013 people packed the MCG for the final, shattering the venue’s previous record for a cricket match by almost 2000 spectators. Sunday’s attendance also broke the record for the largest turnout for a World Cup Final. The Previous highest figure was also at the MCG, when 87,182 people watched Pakistan play England in 1992. The crowd figure for the decider was close to 10% of the entire crowd numbers for the 6 week competition, which totalled 1,016,421.
There were World Cup Records on the field as well. Australia’s total of 417 is the highest innings ever at the tournament, while Martin Guptill’s incredible 237 not out against West is the best ever individual effort at a World Cup. The New Zealander’s knock took him Past Chris Gayle’s 217 which was also registered at the tournament. And while Guptill finished as the top runscorer overall with 547 runs from 9 innings surely the best batsman and possibly player of the 2015 competition was Kumar Sangakkara. The Sri Lankan star became the first man to hit 4 consecutive World Cup centuries after reaching triple figures against Bangladesh, England, Australia and Scotland. He scored 541 runs from 7 games and averaged over 108.
One record which remained intact was Canada’s lowest World Cup total of 36, although England did their best to break it on more than one occasions. Yes one last ribbing for those pathetic Poms who embarrassing exited in the group stage. Surely they’ll be better on home soil in 2019 but will anyone be able to stop Australia winning once again?