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Iconic Moments from the Cricket World Cup
Dhoni’s Final Over Six (2011) vs Stokes’ Bat Deflection (2019)
Dhoni’s Final Over Six
India’s second World Cup victory was sealed with a massive six from captain MS Dhoni in the 49th over. This unforgettable shot marked the end of a successful home campaign, immortalized by Ravi Shastri’s commentary, “Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd!”
Stokes’ Bat Deflection in 2019 Final Over
The 2019 World Cup final was a nail-biter, with England clinching victory in the Super Over against New Zealand. A crucial turning point was a deflection off Ben Stokes’ bat in the final over of England’s innings. With nine runs needed from three balls, Stokes’ bat inadvertently deflected the ball towards the boundary, resulting in six runs instead of the anticipated two. This led to a tie and a Super Over, eventually won by England.
Yuvraj’s Chase Against Australia (2011) vs Klusener-Donald Run-Out (1999)
Yuvraj’s Chase Against Australia
Yuvraj Singh was the star of India’s victory over Australia, contributing both with the bat and the ball. After taking 2/44, he scored a crucial 57* from 65 balls, helping India recover from a shaky 143/3. His partnership with Suresh Raina knocked out the World Champions.
Klusener-Donald Run-Out in 1999 Semi-final
The thrilling semi-final between South Africa and Australia came down to the last over. With nine runs needed and one wicket remaining, Lance Klusener was on strike. After hitting back-to-back fours, Klusener attempted a run but Allan Donald was caught off guard. The resulting run-out allowed Australia to progress to the final due to their superior Super Six stage performance.
Malinga’s Four Wickets in Four Balls (2007) vs Rhodes’ Run Out of Inzamam (1992)
Malinga’s Four Wickets in Four Balls Against South Africa
With South Africa needing just four runs to win with five wickets in hand, victory seemed certain. However, Lasith Malinga’s extraordinary performance of taking four wickets in four balls turned the game around. Despite South Africa’s eventual one-wicket win, Malinga’s feat remains a highlight of the tournament.
Rhodes’ Run Out of Inzamam
In the 1992 World Cup, Pakistan were chasing a revised target against South Africa. Inzamam-ul-Haq was accelerating the scoring rate when a misunderstanding led to a run-out. Jonty Rhodes, with his exceptional fielding skills, ran towards the stumps and executed a perfect dive to run out Inzamam.
Dhoni’s Run Out by Guptill (2019) vs Kapil Dev’s Catch of Viv Richards (1983)
Dhoni’s Run Out by Guptill in 2019
MS Dhoni’s valiant innings in the 2019 semi-final was cut short by a direct hit from Martin Guptill. This run out dashed India’s hopes of winning the World Cup and marked Dhoni’s final international innings, as he retired in 2020.
Kapil Dev’s Catch of Viv Richards in 1983 Final
In the 1983 World Cup final, India were desperate for the wicket of Viv Richards. When Richards attempted a pull shot, Kapil Dev made a remarkable running catch, leaving West Indies at 57/3. This catch was a turning point, leading to India’s historic victory by 43 runs.