One of the best world cups ever? For entertainment it's hard to argue against that statement. Some of the memories I have gained from this year's tournament will stay with me and many other cricket fans from all across the globe. Let’s start with the winners, India. With amazing support from across the nation they were inspired to the title. Personally, I didn’t think they had it in them when the tournament began. They seemed to be too inconsistent with a lack of fast bowling talent but they proved me wrong with their batting being arguably the best in the competition. Yuvraj Singh proved to be a key member of the side yet again recording an impressive four fifties and a century led him to ending the tournament with an average of 90 and he also gained some crucial wickets with the ball picking up 17 dismissals. And of course, no-one should forget the contribution of the little master, a century against England was a highlight in an up and down tournament for Tendulkar, but there is no doubt that he is one of the greatest players to ever play the sport. Next to look at are Sri Lanka. Like India, they’re batting order was undoubtedly one of the best in the tournament. The criticism of the Sri Lanka was that they lacked depth, after there first four batsmen, which in fairness were a stunning opening quartet, they struggled to find any real quality. To a certain degree the critics were right, once the first four batsmen were dismissed against New Zealand they struggled to reach a relatively easy target from a comfortable position. As for the bowling, Muralithran played well, but wasn’t the genius of the past but Lasith Malinga’s death bowling became a key part of they’re journey to the final. As for the other semi-finalists, many people were surprised to see either team there, as both were written off before the tournament began as mere outsiders. Shahid Afridi finished joint top of the wicket takers list with a total of 21 wickets, equalled only by Zaheer Khan. As for New Zealand, Tim Southee had a great tournament taking 18 wickets and finishing third in the wicket takers list and also Ross Taylor’s innings versus Pakistan was one of the defining moments of the campaign. Of course, the main attention of most of SSN’s coverage was on England. Becoming the entertainers of the tournament, England made sure every game went down to a nail-biting finish. But we all know how they’re tournament panned out so I’m not going to spend anymore more time reviewing them. West Indies will be mainly remembed for bowling out Bangladesh for 58, in a largely disappointing competition for the third of the host nations. The tournament was another very disappointing outing for Australia as they continue to falter, to the enjoyment of millions of Brits, and there will be rejoicing for many in the fact that Ricky Ponting has stepped down as captain. My personal pick for the whole tournament, South Africa looked solid in the group stages and had a good balance between bat and ball, but it wasn’t to be for the Proteas as they lost in a low-scoring game against New Zealand. The last thing I’d like to mention in this brief review is my moment of the tournament. Although there have been many great moments, Balaji Rao’s catch between his knees for Canada and Ponting being run-out by a moment of genius from Zimbabwe’s Mpofu would be up there, but, especially since I’m half Irish and I always support them the win against England was a special moment. Kevin O’Brien’s century of 50 balls became the fastest ever World Cup hundred and John Mooney’s four to win the game is one of my fondest moments in any sport.
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