Finally, after 1544 days, The ICC Cricket World Cup for men is back!
After England’s 2019 win, 10 teams will be returning to play the best cricket only seen every 4 years.
The 2019 world cup was probably one of the best world cups with multiple shocks and heartbreaks and an extraordinary final to match that. If this world cup is like that, I will be grabbing my popcorn and sitting on my couch every day!
Before we can start talking about this year’s world cup, we have to talk about qualifying where there have been big shocks. Firstly, there is a new format for qualifying with the top 32 ranked cricketing nations being put into three divisions called the Super League (For teams ranked 1-12 and the World Cricket League WCL Champions), League 2 (for teams ranked 14-20 in WCL) and the Challenge League (For teams ranked 21-32 in WCL). West Indies, Sri Lanka, United States, Netherlands, Scotland and Nepal were part of these qualifiers.
In the end, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands shockingly made it to the world cup while two-time world cup champions, West Indies failed to make it. It was the first time West Indies failed to qualify and the first time a team of the big nine in cricket failed to qualify for a world cup.
Coming to the world cup format – the format is a round robin stage where everyone will play each other once, the top 4 will advance to the semi-final and eventually two teams will play the final.
The teams playing this world cup are India, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands. 9 of the 10 return from 2019 with Netherlands being the only new addition.
The world cup will be held in India. Multiple stadiums are being used in many different places across India from Delhi to Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Dharamshala, Bangalore and Chennai with every stadium except Hyderabad getting 5 games (Hyderabad has 3).
The mascots of the world cup are Tonk and Blaze. They symbolize gender equality and gender diversity. The theme song is called ‘Dil Jashn Bole’. It was released on 20th September and is composed by Pritam.
Star Sports and Disney+Hotstar will be showing the world cup. Disney+Hotstar will be streaming it for free on their mobile app. Some new features added include Live Feed which is a new menu allowing you to see more statistics and MaxView which allows you to watch a match horizontally with no trouble.
The world cup starts with a classic replay of the 2019 final between England and New Zealand. The round robin stage ends with India vs Netherlands on the 12th of November while the final is scheduled to be on 19th of November.
My prediction is that India will win its 3rd world cup and 2nd on home soil. I think teams like Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will finish in the top 7. My round robin prediction is that India, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan will make the world cup Semi Finals. I think the biggest shock will be England finishing quite low, like 5th or 6th. Ha ha, just kidding! They are one of the favourites.
Let’s end off with fun facts from the cricket world cup.
1.England has hosted the most world cups with 4. 2.Chetan Sharma pulled off the first ever hat-trick in the world cup in 1987.
3.Clyde Lloyd of West Indies and Ricky Ponting of Australia are the only captains to have won the world cup twice.
4.The highest score in a world cup match is 433-5 by India against Bermuda in 2007.
5.The oldest player to have played a world cup match is Nolan Clarke of the Netherlands in 1996.