The 2019 Cricket World Cup was a tournament full of surprises so What shocked you in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019? From unexpected weather interruptions to legendary players’ uncharacteristic performances, there was something for everyone to marvel at. Here are some of the most surprising elements of the tournament:
Virat Kohli’s prediction about the bowlers dominating the tournament was spot on. The average first innings score in the tournament was just 250, and the leading wicket-taker, Mitchell Starc, took 27 wickets.
MS Dhoni’s intent was questionable at times, especially in the semi-final against New Zealand. He seemed to be playing too defensively, and he put a lot of pressure on Ravindra Jadeja, who was batting beautifully at the other end.
Rohit Sharma’s luck was unbelievable. He was dropped on numerous occasions, and he seemed to get away with everything. He was the tournament’s leading run-scorer, but he could have easily been dismissed on many occasions.
India’s batting line-up was their biggest weakness. They were too reliant on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, and the middle and lower order failed to perform consistently.
The low-scoring last 10 overs were another surprising feature of the tournament. In previous World Cups, the last 10 overs were typically dominated by the batsmen, but in 2019, the bowlers were often able to keep the batsmen in check.
The rain factor was also a major disruption to the tournament. Several matches were affected by rain, and one match (New Zealand vs Sri Lanka) was even abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion in the team and his impact were both positive surprises. Jadeja was only included in the team for the last two matches, but he made a significant contribution with both bat and ball. He was particularly impressive in the semi-final against New Zealand, where he scored 77 runs and took a key wicket.
The overthrow controversy in the final between England and New Zealand was one of the most controversial moments in the tournament. Ben Stokes was awarded four runs for an overthrow, even though he had obstructed the field. This decision ultimately proved to be decisive, as England won the match by the barest of margins.
Virat Kohli’s failure to score a century was another disappointing aspect of the tournament. Kohli is one of the best batsmen in the world, but he was unable to convert any of his half-centuries into centuries.
Shakib Al Hasan’s performance was one of the highlights of the tournament. He was the third-highest run-scorer (606 runs) and the fourth-highest wicket-taker (21 wickets). He is arguably the best all-rounder in the world right now.
The home team advantage was also evident in the 2019 World Cup. England, the hosts, won the tournament, and they were the only team to remain unbeaten throughout the tournament.
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