BY RAJDEEP SAHA
hree more games are left in the ongo-
ing 2019 World Cup. Two semi-finals
and then the mega finale are to be
played. So far it has been a fascinat-
ing affair and some pulsating cricket
being played in England and Wales.
Four teams – India, Australia, England and New
Zealand have made it to the last four. Teams like
Pakistan had a fascinating end to their campaign
despite missing out on a semis berth. Bangladesh and
Sri Lanka gave us some good moments to cherish,
whereas the others also played their part.
The 2019 World Cup has been filled with some spec-
tacular moments be it with individual or team affairs.
Several players upped the ante either with bat or ball.
Above: Trent Boult is a
champion bowler with
Left: Starc has already
etched his name in World
Cup folklore with 48
Below: Shami, who re-
placed Bhuvneshwar, ran
in to claim a hat-trick in
the final over.
Some of the fielding efforts witnessed were magnifi-
Then there were some spectacular team moments,
besides players providing an edge with levels of consis-
tency and momentum throughout the tourney.
STARC’S FIFERS WERE TOP NOTCH
Mitchell Starc is one of the best bowlers in world crick-
et and he has already etched his name in World Cup
folklore with 48 wickets to his name across two edi-
tions so far, has two five-wicket hauls under his belt.
In both cases, he helped Australia seal the deal after
striking in pivotal moments of the match. His first one
came against West Indies (5/46). He then saved anoth-
er special outing against New Zealand (5/26). Not just
that. Starc has also bowled the ‘ball of the tournament’
to England’s Ben Stokes.
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