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Unleashing Greatness: Reliving the Most Iconic World Cup Final Moments

Let’s dive into the thrilling world of cricket’s premier tournament, the Cricket World Cup, and explore a collection of iconic moments that have etched themselves in sporting history. From breathtaking displays of skill to nail-biting finishes, these moments have captivated fans around the globe. Whether it’s a remarkable catch, a record-breaking innings, or a game-changing run-out, the Cricket World Cup has provided a stage for players to showcase their talent and create indelible memories. Join us as we embark on a journey to relive these unforgettable instances in the final of the ICC cricket world cup that have left an indelible mark.

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Viv Richards’ hundred in 1979 World Cup Final

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Viv Richards (Source: Cricshots)

In 1979, one of the supreme teams of the world, which had a spectacular group of players, won the world cup. Clive Lloyd co-lifted the cricket World Cup trophy and proved that West Indies, though small in population but is big when it comes to cricket.

A majestic 138 not out from Richards against England in the final is still a moment to cherish for some audiences. The West Indies were four down at 99, Richards came to the crease and ended up helping them to 286. With the lower order collapsing, Richards, on the other hand, finished the innings with a bang. It proved a big target for England and sealed their second World Cup Win.

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Kapil Dev’s Catch in 1983 World Cup Final

India gave a meager target of 184 for Caribbean Kings. West Indies were on the course to lift a third World Cup win until Viv Richards got himself out. Vivian Richards’ was already the man in form for West Indies. He completely dominated the bowlers of India but hooked one-off Madan Lal, only to mistime it.

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The ball pushed away towards the mid-wicket fence. Indian captain Kapil Dev was already deployed at short mid-wicket; he ran backward. A run of a few yards, and Kapil bagged it over his shoulder. Kapil made it look simple. What followed was distrust at first, and then it was mayhem. The King was back in the pavilion. Indian team left a big sigh of relief.

Gatting’s reverse sweep in 1987 World Cup Final

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Mike Gatting (Suurce Getty)

English fans are still waiting for their side to win the first ever World Cup win. This might not be the case if it were not for Mike Gatting’s dismissal in 1987! The world cup final of 1987 took place at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens against Australia.

England held their Ashes rivals to 253. They looked to be on course for victory. Chasing Australia’s target, Mike Gatting and Bill Athey were cruising to a win at 135-2. It was the Aussie captain who decided to bowl his left-arm off-spin. Facing the first delivery, Gatting opted to go for a daring reverse sweep. He made contact with the ball but only managed to deflect it via his shoulder, letting Australia wicketkeeper Greg Dyer take it. Gatting’s wicket proved costly; England lost their wickets consecutively and fell seven runs short of their target.

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Akram’s swing destroys Englishmen

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Wasim Akram (Source: ESPN cricinfo)

Wasim Akram, fondly known as ‘Swing of Sultan,’ was the mastermind behind Pakistan’s victory in the 1992 world cup final against England. Akram was a bowler equipped with skills to beat the batsmen both in the air and off the wicket. He showed his class in this final not only with the bowl but with the bat too. Akram hit a quick 33 and gave England to chase 241 at the MCG, Australia.

In the reply, England slipped to 69-4, but thanks to Allan Lamb and Neil Fairbrother, who fixed the early damage, a stand of 72 for the fifth wicket. However, Akram, on the other side, put paid to any shine of hope England to conquer the trophy. The left-arm seamer dismissed Lamb and new batsman Chris Lewis in two successive deliveries. This was the most iconic moment for the Green Army. Pakistan went on to win the match by 22 runs, permitting captain Imran Khan to lift the trophy.

When Sri Lanka stunned Australia

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Arvinda de Silva against Australia in the 96 final (Source: Getty)

‘March 17, 1996’, this date will be carved on Sri Lankan cricket fans’ hearts. It was the world cup final between Australia and Sri Lanka. This was the day when the Sri Lanka team led by Arjuna Ranatunga shocked not only Australia but the entire world to lift the world cup. Coming to the big final after defeating India and England, Sri Lanka looked in formidable shape.

In the final against Australia, Sri Lankan bowlers restricted Kangaroos to 241. Aravinda de Silva claimed three wickets in nine overs. In return, Sri Lanka lost two wickets at just 23 runs. Cometh the hour cometh the man, Aravinda de Silva, who impressed first with the ball, stood strong in front of the Aussies. He scored the most crucial ton of his career. His knock of 107 took helped the Lankan lions to win the world cup. Aravinda was awarded Man of the Match.

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Gilchrist’s ‘squash’ secret 

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Adam Gilchrist (Source: Cricket Australia)

Australia’s wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist wasn’t in the form of his life during the 2007 world cup. Somebody has said it right, “Big players rise on big occasions” these words hold for this man.

In 2007, Gilly was struggling with his grip because his bottom hand proved to be too commanding for him to avoid silly wickets. The batting coach Bob Meuleman suggested him to place a squash ball in his left glove to keep the last few fingers away from gripping the bat. This worked, and how? His knock of 149 led Australia to complete a hat-trick of World Cups.

Dhoni ‘Finishes off in style’, Sachin Wins It

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Sachin Tendulkar waving goodbye to cricket fans

India lifted its second World Cup trophy after a 28-long wait, a historic moment itself. A blistering century from Mahela Jayawardene and quick-fire innings from Thisara Perera gave India a target of 275 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, in 2011 ICC world cup final. India got a shaky start, with Sachin and Sehwag returning to the pavilion at low score. Gautam Gambhir’s 97 made him the unsung hero of the match. But it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni who played a captain’s knock of 91 and finishing off the final by banging Nuvan  Kulasekara for a six. One more memorable moment of the final was bowing out as a champion on home turf was the fairytale finish to Sachin Tendulkar‘s World Cup career.

One more interesting thing happened during this match. Not only did India win its second World Cup but the toss was also done twice. When Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara called ‘heads’, Mahendra Singh Dhoni misheard him due to the noise at Wankhede. Assuming he won the toss, Dhoni had elected to bat. However, Sangakkara mediated and both the skippers decided to go for another toss.

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Akshay Badwe
Akshay Badwe
The God taught me to love everybody but the most ones I learned to love are the athletes. Desire, determination and discipline takes me to a great deal of love towards sports. One can call me an avid sport maniac because I love to pen down some glorious content on sports. Being from journalism background with experience in media from couple of years I would like to keep this legacy going and now joining Kreedon gives me one more platform to explore the new world. I am always up to have a word on sports with a coffee.


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