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.
The Associate cricket nations might be fuming at the prospect of a 10-team World Cup in 2019, but ICC President N Srinivasan today said they had no reason to feel left out as the format gives them a good chance at qualifying for the mega-event.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key decided not to attend Lee Kuan Yew`s funeral and left behind a bruising byelection defeat to be in Melbourne Sunday as he led his nation`s obsession with the World Cup final.
Brazil striker Neymar, who has scored 43 times for his country and is still only 23, can break Pele`s long-standing record of 77 international goals, coach Dunga said on Saturday. Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, also helped Brazil win three World Cups, in 1958, 1962 and 1970, and that is the record Dunga really wants Neymar to emulate.
Ahead of Sunday’s high-voltage cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand, former South Africa captain Graeme Smith on Saturday said both teams have powerful bowling line-ups and a plethora of destructive batsmen.
The Indian World Cup team members, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and star batsman Virat Kohli, arrived home from Australia in batches and left for their respective destinations, Cricket Board sources said.
In awe of "outstanding teammate and close friend" Daniel Vettori's achievements, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he can only marvel at the all-rounder's contribution to the game in not just New Zealand but world over.