1. Hat-trick and century in the very first match
Aaron Finch scored a scintillating century on his World Cup debut and Steven Finn became the first England bowler to take a hat-trick in a World Cup. Steven Finn dismissed Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson off the last three balls of the innings. It augurs well for the tournament as we hope there are more such centuries and hat-tricks to follow.
2. “Minnows” standing up
The Irish produced a magnificent win over the men from the Caribbean and produced the tournament’s first big upset with a 4 wicket win. The Zimbabweans meanwhile gave the Proteas a scare as they scored 277 chasing 339. This only means that no team in this World Cup can be taken for granted and the games against the minnows will be the ones to watch out for. Ireland have sent a very strong message to all those who wanted to improve the “quality” of the tournament by scrapping all the “minnows” as they produce man one-sided contests.
India vs Pakistan became the globally most watched cricket match. Close to 1 billion people or 15% population of the world watched this match globally. 10 times more than the American Super Bowl. More records still to tumble.
4. Run feast
In all matches at least one team scored 300 or more, ending 16th February with the Ireland vs West Indies match, at least one team scored 300 or more runs. This tournament is slowly but surely proving to be a run feast!
The umpires were at the forefront as far as the masala quotient was concerned. Starting with the James Taylor run out after the ball should have been declared dead and then Umar Akmal’s dismissal where the snicko showed no signs of a nick and still the on-field decision was overruled by the Third Umpire. Is anybody appealing against the umpires?