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World At Your Feet

With 60 over format, white traditional costume & red cherry, the biggest colloseum of cricket started on 7th June 1975 in England. Yes the Cricket World Cup. The Cricket World Cup is an international One Day International (ODI) competition in men’s cricket. Organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the tournament has taken place every four years since it was first held in 1975 in England.For the first three editions it was called as Prudential Cup which was consequently played in England.
History Of World Cup:
1975

West Indies tasted the Glory of the First WC in 1975, continuing the trend in second edition as well in 1979. The 1975 world cup final was played between West Indies and Australia. Under the leadership of Clive Lloyd, WI won the finals by 17 runs. 

1979

 In 1979, again under the leadership of Clive Lloyd, West Indies reached the finals. This time, they defeated the host England by 92 runs.

1983

 In 1983, a new rule of field circle with in 30 yards away from stumps  was introduced. It was mandatory to have 4 fieldsmen inside the circle at all times. Basking in the glory of victory for the first two Wc finals, WI entered the finals of third edition. To spoil their party and shatter their dream run, Kapil’s Devils gave a big jolt to Clive Llyod & co. We clearly remember the sight of Joel Garner falling flat on the ground and weeping following the defeat.

 
1987
By 1987, Reliance group had grown big time world wide. This was for the first time,the tournament was played outside England and moved to Indian Subcontinent and was called Reliance Cup.
Considering the sub continental conditions, the format was reduced to a 50 over format. It was Australia who defeated England with a close margin of 7 runs.
 
1992
The popularity of WC was immensely increasing. Considering that, 1992  event  saw lots of changes in the format. It was from 1992 WC in Australia/NZ we (Shams&Wags ) started following the game closely as we were of the age where we started understanding all aspects of game. The traditional whites made way to colored clothing. The red cherry was replaced by the white balls. Day & Night matches came into picture. South Africa was allowed to participate in the event following the end of the ban on them due to racism. Out of no where; Pakistan rose to the occasion and defeated England by 22 runs. To England’s plight, it was their third time defeat in the Finals.
 
1996
In 1996, the cup came back to the subcontinent. Under an inspirational leadership of Ranatunga, Srilanka emerged with flying colors due to their attacking cricket by flamboyant opening pair of Jayasuriya & Kaluwitharana and awesome Aravinda D’silva. They defeated Australia by 7 wickets in Finals at Lahore.
1999
In 1999 the event was hosted by England, with some matches also being held in Scotland, Ireland, Wales. Australia entered the Semifinals.
There were many anxious moments in the match. The most famous incidence was when Herscelle Gibbs dropped a easy catch of Steve Waugh. Waugh was quick enough to tell him “You have dropped the World Cup Mate’ . In the final, Australia dismissed Pakistan for 132 and then reached the target in less than 20 overs, with eight wickets in hand. 
2003

South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya hosted the 2003 World Cup. Australia again featured in the finals. This time against India. This was for the first time after 1983 when India featured in finals of World cup. Australia made  a quick fire 359 runs for the loss of two wickets, the largest ever total in a final, defeating India by 125 runs. It was at Wanderers where Ricky Ponting   played a super attacking innings scoring an unbeatable 140 runs

2007

In 2007 the tournament was hosted by the West Indies. This cup saw some serious and shameful defeats for India and Pakistan. Bangladesh defeated India and entered to the second round for the first time and they later went on to defeat South Africa in the second round.  Pakistan faced similar shameful defeat by the minnows Ireland. Following the defeat against Ireland, the Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room; it was later found out that he died of heart failure. Australia defeated Sri Lanka in the final by 53 runs (D/L), extending their undefeated run in the World Cup to 29 matches and winning three straight World Cups. 

ICC Trophy
Trophy Design:
The current trophy is made of Silver and gold. The Golden Globe is held up by 3 Silver Columns. These columns are in shape of Stumps& Bails that represent 3 fundamentals of cricket ie, Batting, Bowling and fielding. The Globe characterizes cricket ball. It stands 60 cm tall & weighs approximately 11 kgs. The names of winners of previous editions are engraved on the base of the trophy. The original trophy is kept by ICC and a replica is awarded to the winning team
Prior to 1999, different trophies were designed for each world cup. In 1999, the ICC world Cup trophy was created. It was designed in London by a team of craftsman from Garrard & Co in over 2 months.
Individual Performances:
Swashbuckling Master blaster from India Sachin Tendulkar holds a bouquet of individual records in the World . Tendulkar has made more scores over fifty, hit more centuries and scored more runs than any other cricketer in World Cup history. In his 36 appearance in World Cup, he has  4 centuries, 13 half centuries against his name. In the bowling department, Australian Glenn McGrath(Pegion) dominates the individual bowling records, having featured for his country in four World Cups. He has taken more wickets at a higher strike rate with a better economy rate than any other bowler, and has the best individual bowling figures in the history of the tournament.7/15 is his best record and in his 39 appearance, he hs taken 79 wickets. 
Australians Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist lead the individual fielding records. Ponting is the leading fielder in terms of catches made, in both an individual World Cup tournament and in the competition’s history. Wicketkeeper Gilchrist has made the most dismissals in a single match, an individual tournament and in World Cup history. Australia hold several team records, including those for the most wins, the highest win percentage, the most consecutive wins and are the current holders; they were undefeated in the 2007 Cricket World Cup campaign.
Let’s wait and watch whats in store for every one in this world cup that will be held in the Subcontinent again. The opening ceremony will be held in Bangladesh and the Final match will be played at Mumbai’s very own Wankhade.
Till then lets keep our fingers crossed.

What’s Your Dream XI?

We are yet to believe that it has been a short yet sweet journey of 3 years of converting our passion into serious writing and sharing our views with the world.
Yes it has  been 3 years of blogging for Shams&Wags.
Thank you all for your support and love and valuable comments and suggestions that you all have given us.Its time for us to make it more interesting.It’s a small contest for all our readers.
Pick up your Dream XI from the list of players mentioned below.
Rule is very simple. Players names have been mentioned in all categories and number of players to be chosen  from each category is also indicated.
If your dream XI matches with the dream XI or comes close to the one chosen by Shams n Wags, you stand a chance to win a Sports  T-Shirt.
All you have to do is list your playing XI in the comments section.
Winner will be announced on 3rd Of January.
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Dream XI: List Of Players
Opening (2)

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virendra Sehwag (Ind), Saeed Anwar(Pak), Gorden Greenidge (WI), Matthew Hayden, Mark Waugh (Aus), Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

Middle Order (3)
Ricky Ponting, Michael Bevan (Aus), Vivian Richards, Brian Lara (WI), Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh (Ind), Martin Crowe (NZ), Aravinda D’silva (SL), Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Javed Miandad (Pak)

All Rounder (1)
Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff (Eng), Kapil Dev (Ind), Imran Khan, Shahid Afridi (Pak), Jacques Kallis (SA), Chris Cairns (NZ)

Wicket Keeper (1)
Ian Healy, Adam Gilchrist (Aus), MS Dhoni (Ind), Moin Khan (Pak), Mark Boucher (SA), Romesh Kaluwitharana, Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Andy Flower (Zim), Alec Stewart (Eng)
  
Bowlers (3)
Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis (Pak), Joel Garner, Curtly Ambrose (WI), Denis Lillie, Glen McGrath, Brett Lee (Aus), Richard Hadlee (NZ), Alan Donald (SA)

Spinner (1)
Shane Warne (Aus), Mutthiah Muralidharan (SL), Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh (Ind), Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed (Pak)


And The Party Continues…

For Men In Blue it seems that the IPL post match party is not yet over. As seen in the IPL matches, they used to party after the matches got over. It seems that the seriousness has gone for a toss.Let’s start from the top of the order to try and figure out as to what our Blue Brigade is up to.

1) Gautam Gambhir- Has forgotten that he does not represent any Muhalla or Gully of Delhi. Simple basics like  grounding the bat while entering in the crease is hygiene in cricket. For God’s sake, some one please remind him that he represents India.
2)     Murali Vijay: Is cricket all about playing on the slow tracks where ball does not bounce much or is it playing only for CSK is not very clear in case of Murali Vijay. He is supposed to be Test opener for India.
3)   Suresh Raina: At least Raina has justified as to why he has been captain for the Tour to Zimbabwe in absence of the seniors.He carried forward from where he had left behind in the IPL.
 4)   MS Dhoni:  All the plans are backfiring. MSD is just concerned about lifting the IPL trophy for CSK. Life is not going beyond that. A dismal performance for the boys under him is not accepted at all.
 5)      Rohit Sharma: Why do people have to show dissent on the field? Can they not learn from Sachin Tendulkar to let the bat do the talking?
      6) Yuvraj Singh: There is an air of attitude in Yuvraj singh. There’s a thin line in between having attitude and having the desired attitude. He is altogether in a different trip. Does he want to be the captain of the Team? If yes then we are sorry, he does not deserve it.
      7)  Yusuf Pathan: This bloke needs to come out of performing only at the state level.  He has to perform at the national level. He has completely forgotten that he has to take pride and perform for Team India. He just can’t come out of the Rajasthan  Royals comfort zone.
8)      Ravindra Jadeja: What is Ravindra Jadeja doing in the T20 World Cup while he was banned for the IPL matches for all wrong reasons ?Suddenly he fills in the slot of allrounder, dropping catches, getting clobbered for sixes. Do we not have a specialist batsmen or bowler in his place?
9)  Harbhajan Singh: He has lost the knack of picking wickets or is it too early to say he has lost his aggression? May be slapping people here and there is the only way he can show the aggression. What has happened to his spin and bounce only he can reply the question.
10) Ashish Nehra:  It’s difficult to digest the fact that Ashish Nehra has been recalled. He could not play for Delhi due to injury concerns, straight away he is being picked for T20 WC.Are we left with no options? A bright smile is on offer on his face whenever he gets clobbered. Wow what a body language to have. Is he trying the Australian way? Does he have the fire power to fight back as Aussie does?
11)      Vinay Kumar: Question mark on why he was not given a chance to play ahead of Ashish Nehra? Atleast he showed better body language on the ground. Although he got hit all over the park, but he was bowling a good line.
The body language of the entire team was bad. It could be clearly seen in the demeanor of the players. IPL has been over hyped and playing for ‘Big Moohlas’ has been the case for some of the players and they have taken cricket for granted.  That’s why time and again it’s said that Test match is the real test of character. 

Sultan Of Cricket- MI King!!!

Time and again Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has shown his class. Be it for Team India or be it for Mumbai Indians, he has always played a pivotal role for his team. He is a perfect role model.  Even in yesterdays match
( 11th April 10) , he took over from where he had left in the last match and made sure that he steered his side right into the semifinals. Mumbai Indians is the only side who is comfortable in the semis.With yet another half century to his name, he has already shown that he belongs to the top with the Orange cap and he is on the peak of the career.About time to call him the “Sultan of Cricket”
 Keep making those half centuries and Keep winning Mumbai Indians.