As we look back at the thrilling history of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, four standout moments from previous semi-finals come to mind. These unforgettable instances are now up for a vote to determine the most memorable one.
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Iconic Moments from Cricket World Cup Semi-finals
SEMI-FINAL 1: MS Dhoni’s Six vs Kapil Dev’s Catch
MS Dhoni’s Match-Winning Six (2011)
In the 2011 World Cup final, India clinched their second championship title, thanks to a colossal six from captain MS Dhoni in the 49th over. This triumphant shot, which marked the end of a successful home campaign, was immortalized by Ravi Shastri’s commentary, “Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd!”
Kapil Dev’s Game-Changing Catch (1983)
In the 1983 World Cup final, India was desperate for the wicket of the formidable Viv Richards. The West Indies batter had already scored a rapid 33 and was steering the game away from India. However, when Richards pulled a Madan Lal delivery towards mid-wicket, Indian captain Kapil Dev made a sensational catch, running back from the infield. This left the West Indies at 57/3, and they soon lost more than half their side. India went on to win the match by 43 runs.
SEMI-FINAL 2: Klusener-Donald Run-Out vs Jonty Rhodes’ Run-Out
Klusener-Donald’s Dramatic Run-Out (1999)
The 1999 semi-final between South Africa and Australia was a roller-coaster ride that came down to the final over. South Africa needed nine runs with one wicket left. Lance Klusener was on strike, and Allan Donald was at the non-striker’s end. After Klusener hit back-to-back fours, South Africa was one run away from the final. However, a communication error led to Donald being run out, and Australia advanced to the final due to their superior Super Six stage position.
Jonty Rhodes’ Spectacular Run-Out (1992)
In the 1992 semi-final, Pakistan was chasing a revised target against South Africa. Inzamam-ul-Haq was boosting the Pakistan score with his brisk knock. However, a mix-up led to Inzamam being run out by Jonty Rhodes, who raced towards the stumps and executed a flawless dive to break the stumps before Inzamam could make it back.