ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: How the event introduced again components of 90s matches to place up present

It all started with England and Australia going nostalgic and designing their World Cup jerseys much like their clothes within the 1992 World Cup. Pakistan took it to the subsequent stage by syncing their leads to the league stage to that from the 1992 World Cup. Faf du Plessis did a Martin Crowe 1992 encore within the event opener by unleashing Imran Tahir on the famed England opening duo. Meanwhile, ICC performed it is half with a doubtful tie-breaker rule within the gripping finals between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, paying homage to the 1999 World Cup semi-finals between Australia and South Africa.

New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme celebrates after taking a wicket within the ultimate towards England. AP

The 10-team event threw up a number of developments straight from the 90s cricketing journals to make for some thrilling on-field motion.

The return of finger spin

The obsession with wrist spin in One Day Internationals maybe stemmed from T20s the place the batsmen needed to take dangers towards leg-spinners, typically recognised as wayward, but wicket-taking bowlers. With ODIs rapidly turning into extension of T20s, wicket-taking within the center overs grew to become a main requirement and wrist spin seeped into the sport like by no means earlier than.

However, with pitches night out the chasm between bat and ball at this World Cup, the pattern took a pointy detour in the midst of the event. Teams and coaches, flanked by analysts and video aids, began recognising this shift and made speedy amendments to their plans.

Australia have been maybe the primary to make a daring transfer once they changed Adam Zampa with Nathan Lyon. While the leg-spinner picked up 5 wickets in 4 matches, Lyon picked up simply three in as many matches. The distinction was within the financial system charges – a wholesome 5.32 to a questionable 7.15. Lyon gave Australia extra management within the center overs and allowed the seamers to assault from the opposite finish.

India adopted swimsuit by benching Kuldeep Yadav for Ravindra Jadeja within the final league match and endured with the all-rounder for the semi-finals, a transfer that earned a number of constructive suggestions after Jadeja’s stellar present at Manchester.

New Zealand resisted the temptation to play Ish Sodhi over Mitchell Santner a number of occasions on these used pitches and Santner again and again stepped as much as present that the choice was justified.

The good previous center overs

The results of T20 batting seeping into cricket was that individuals yearned, or have been pressured into believing that they yearn, for pleasure in each over. This, after all, had a serious hurdle in ODIs the place the center overs section typically let the sport drift and take its personal course.

The results of this was two five-over blocks of Powerplays, which went from bowling powerplay in 2007 to batting Powerplay in 2012, which might be used on the discretion of the batting (2011)/bowling(2007) sides. In the 2015 World Cup, this was minimize down to at least one Powerplay. For the 2019 World Cup, we had a complete Powerplay block from 11-40 overs the place groups have been solely allowed 4 fielders outdoors the circle.

These guidelines have been all original to make this section, supposedly snooze fests, extra vibrant. But the 2019 World Cup threw up a few of the most enjoyable center over phases in ODIs. From batsmen scoring at six runs per over to bowlers grabbing massive wickets, the center overs, arguably, made means for probably the most alluring section within the World Cup.

In Pakistan’s loss to India at Manchester, there was one section within the center overs in Pakistan’s innings – overs 10 to 25 r – once they scored 88 runs in 15 overs for the lack of only one wicket. They went on to lose 4 extra wickets by the 40th over. Some of one of the best matches on this World Cup – South Africa vs New Zealand, India vs Afghanistan, Sri Lanka vs England, Australia vs England, India vs New Zealand and the World Cup ultimate – had unbelievable moments in these center overs.

Old ball bowling

During the Australia vs England league match, the hosts had a saviour in Ben Stokes, who absorbed the stress of wickets from the opposite finish to grit it out towards some high class bowling from Lyon, Marcus Stoinis and Pat Cummins within the center overs. But Aaron Finch selected Mitchell Starc to bowl the 37th over and the strike bowler picked up the wicket of Stokes and gave away simply 5 runs in two overs.

Starc, like just a few others, made it a behavior of choosing up massive wickets within the center overs with the previous ball. Numerous 90s ODI cricket featured spinners holding one find yourself with seamers coming again after their preliminary spells to jolt the center order.

In the World Cup finals, Liam Plunkett used a slew of cross seam deliveries in a sensational middle-over spell that tilted the stability of the sport in England’s means. Plunkett’s four-over burst accounted for Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls and he conceded simply seven runs.

Plunkett, Starc and Lockie Ferguson picked up greater than 10 wickets within the center overs on this World Cup.


Colin de Grandhomme, within the second innings of the World Cup ultimate, placed on an exhibition of dibbly dobbly bowling, one other function of the 90s to limit England. His 10-over spell had two maidens, leaked simply 25 runs and accounted for the large wicket of Joe Root. It was the second-most economical spell in a 50-over World Cup ultimate.

Incidentally, probably the most economical spell belongs to Derek Pringle, an Englishman who had fine-tuned his bowling to develop into one among the many many dibbly dobblers in these years of ODIs.

It was solely becoming that de Grandhomme performed for a rustic that produced some distinctive medium pacers within the 90s – the likes of Gavin Larsen, Chris Harris, Rod Latham and Willie Watson, collectively known as dibbly-dobbly-wibbly-wobbly by a commentator within the 90s.

Angelo Mathews, Vijay Shankar and Soumya Sarkar additionally made influence performances with the ball in their very own innocuous trend.

The pitches and the contests

Despite outcries over the climate within the early half of the event, the World Cup produced some distinctive pitches culminating in among the best surfaces on which an ODI was performed – the ultimate at Lord’s the place 241 was scored by both staff in 50 overs.

That totals moved down from the excessive 300s to the mid-200s and it made means for some unbelievable contests between bat and ball. The ODIs publish the 2015 World Cup have been rapidly turning right into a boundary-hitting contest between two sides however this World Cup was not all about batting. There was a stage taking part in subject the place bowlers have been as a lot integral to the sport because the batsmen.

Only two scores in extra of 250 have been chased down – Bangladesh towards West Indies (322) and India towards Sri Lanka (265) – by groups and with pitches slowing down within the second half, the challenges have been in loads for groups. They needed to prohibit the staff batting first to chaseable totals earlier than surviving the pitch and previous ball bowling to chase the runs down. This made for some thrilling matches the place totals hovered across the mid-200 vary.

The purported lack of competitors was one cause why the World Cup was minimize right down to dimension – from 14 in 2015 to 10 in 2019. While it’d look like the choice made for some excitable contests, a lot of it got here within the second half after the pitches slowed down. In the preliminary half of the event, there have been fairly just a few forgettable, one-sided matches between the highest tier groups.

If not for an surprising win by Sri Lanka over England, the World Cup would have seen some drab league matches with no context in direction of the tip.

Afghanistan might not have gained a single match however by working India and Pakistan shut, they confirmed that Associates within the World Cup might solely have made this spectacle much more spectacular.

The non-involvement of Associate nations meant that we might by no means have been in a position to witness a serious upset on this World Cup – a large ingredient from the 90s with Kenya in 1996 and Bangladesh in 1999 pulling off main upsets. This change, if made for the subsequent event, might properly be the icing for a well-balanced World Cup.


Published Date: July 17, 2019

| Updated Date: July 17, 2019


Updated Date: Jul 17, 2019 11:49:40 IST