No Indian in ICC's World Cup XI led by Brendon McCullum
No Indian in ICC's World Cup XI led by Brendon McCullum

Not a single Indian cricketer found a place in the ICC's World Cup XI which was dominated by runners-up New Zealand rather than champions Australia with Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum as its captain.

Cricket World Cup: Starc was a bit too good for me, confesses Brendon McCullum
Cricket World Cup: Starc was a bit too good for me, confesses Brendon McCullum

Who could have imagined at the start of the World Cup that in a batsman-dominated game, the player of the tournament would eventually be a fast bowler? Australia's Mitchell Starc showed that a bowler with the right pace and control can make a mark in cricket's biggest stage, even in conditions favouring willowers.

Early Brendon McCullum exit proved to be huge blow for New Zealand
Early Brendon McCullum exit proved to be huge blow for New Zealand

This was not how the script was supposed to run for Brendon McCullum, the personification of the aggressive cricket that had taken New Zealand to their first World Cup final.

Planned to bowl yorker first up to Brendon McCullum: Mitchell Starc
Planned to bowl yorker first up to Brendon McCullum: Mitchell Starc

Man-of-the tournament Mitchell Starc said that there was a plan to bowl yorkers to Brendon McCullum first up and he was happy to execute that plan. McCullum was bowled by Starc in the first over which set the tone for the rest of the match.

Statistical highlights of the cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand
Statistical highlights of the cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand

Statistical highlights of the cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at the MCG here.

Top performers of 2015 World Cup
Top performers of 2015 World Cup

The following are the top 10 batsmen and top 10 bowlers of the cricket World Cup 2015, which concluded in Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday:

Mitchell Starc award defies trend in bat-dominated tournament
Mitchell Starc award defies trend in bat-dominated tournament

At a World Cup dominated by batsmen and huge scores, it was an old-fashioned fast bowler who ultimately played the biggest role in Australia`s success.

Cricket fraternity lauds world champions Australia
Cricket fraternity lauds world champions Australia

Australia dominated the world stage once again as they blew away New Zealand in an one-sided affair in the final of the ICC World Cup 2015 in Melbourne on Sunday. Australia chased down New Zealand's paltry target of 184 runs by seven wickets to bag their fifth World Cup in the history of the game.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Mighty Australians crush flightless Kiwis to win fifth title
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Mighty Australians crush flightless Kiwis to win fifth title

Australia on Sunday clinched the coveted ICC Cricket World Cup for the fifth time, thrashing New Zealand by seven wickets to provide a perfect farewell gift to skipper Michael Clarke, who played a key role with a 74-run knock in his final ODI appearance.

ICC World Cup final: Australia vs New Zealand - As it happened...
ICC World Cup final: Australia vs New Zealand - As it happened...

Welcome to the live coverage of ICC World Cup 2015 Final between co-hosts Australia and New Zealand being played at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Cricket World Cup: Five great Australia-New Zealand sports clashes
Cricket World Cup: Five great Australia-New Zealand sports clashes

Tournament co-hosts Australia and New Zealand meet in the World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult in World Cup swing to the left
Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult in World Cup swing to the left

For the second time at this World Cup, Australia`s Mitchell Starc and New Zealand`s Trent Boult will be asked to deliver a killer blow that could determine their team`s fate in the final on Sunday.

ICC World Cup 2015 final: Australia vs New Zealand - Preview
ICC World Cup 2015 final: Australia vs New Zealand - Preview

There`s been no place like home for Australia and New Zealand on their respective paths to the World Cup final but just one of the co-hosts will enjoy that particular advantage when they meet in Sunday`s title decider.

Boult, Starc in battle to become World Cup's best bowler
Boult, Starc in battle to become World Cup's best bowler

As two teams fight it out for the coveted cricket World Cup trophy here on Sunday, New Zealand pacer Trent Boult and Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc will be involved in another battle -- to become the best bowler of the tournament.

New Zealand will have to dig deep against Australia: Martin Crowe
New Zealand will have to dig deep against Australia: Martin Crowe

With New Zealand at the cusp of World Cup glory, former captain Martin Crowe has said the Black Caps will have to dig deep into their resources if they have to beat Australia as it will be a "high emotion" title clash between the trans-Tasman rivals.

Ram Gopal Varma 'happy' over India's loss against Australia; Omar hits back

A war of words has broken out between Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah over the former's controversial tweets on Indian cricket team's defeat against Australia in Thursday's World Cup semi-final match.

DNA: Analysing India's heartbreaking defeat in ICC World Cup semi-final

India's innings in the World Cup came to an agonising end on Thursday as they succumbed to pressure against the Australian team, who decimated the defending champions by 95 runs to romp into the finals and break a million Indian hearts.

ICC WC 2015: Expert analysis of India vs Australia semi-final match-Part 2

India's innings in the World Cup came to an agonising end on Thursday as they succumbed to pressure against the clinical Australians, who decimated the defending champions by 95 runs to romp into the finals and break a million Indian hearts.Watch our experts analyse India's defeat in the semis.

ICC WC 2015: Experts analyse India's defeat in semi-final

India's innings in the World Cup came to an agonising end on Thursday as they succumbed to pressure against the clinical Australians, who decimated the defending champions by 95 runs to romp into the finals and break a million Indian hearts.Watch our experts analyse India's defeat in the semis.

Cricket World Cup: Michael Clarke salutes Steven Smith as Australia power into final
Cricket World Cup: Michael Clarke salutes Steven Smith as Australia power into final

Australia captain Michael Clarke praised the "exceptional" Steven Smith after his side beat defending champions India by 95 runs on Thursday to set a World Cup final with New Zealand.