The thirteenth edition of the ICC ODI World Cup unfolded with a riveting narrative, spanning from October 5th to November 19th. The stage was set with a colossal clash between the finalists of the previous edition, New Zealand and England, igniting a tournament replete with highs, lows, and an eventual triumph that etched itself into the annals of cricket history. As the final echoes of excitement reverberate through the Narendra Modi Stadium, also known as Motera Stadium, in Ahmedabad, it is time to relive the thrilling moments that defined this unforgettable World Cup.

The opening salvo witnessed New Zealand seeking redemption for their heartbreak in the 2019 World Cup final, as they decimated the defending champions England. This early upset set the tone for an eventful tournament, featuring South Africa’s aggressive strokeplay and India’s all-encompassing dominance. Virat Kohli’s sublime form, culminating in surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s century milestone, added a historic touch to India’s campaign. Amidst the surprises, the Netherlands stunned with a commanding victory over red-hot South Africa, while Afghanistan’s spirited performances, though falling short of the knockout stages, left an indelible mark.

For Sri Lanka, the World Cup became a nightmarish ordeal, losing key players to injuries, including Wanindu Hasaranga before the tournament and skipper Dasun Shanaka midway through. Dilshan Madushankax’s exceptional bowling, however, provided a silver lining with 21 wickets. The group stage concluded with nail-biting encounters, leading to the highly anticipated semi-finals: India vs New Zealand and Australia vs South Africa. Australia, despite a rocky start with consecutive defeats, orchestrated a remarkable turnaround, winning their remaining seven group-stage matches. The “Wankade Miracle,” featuring Glenn Maxwell’s extraordinary innings and Travis Head’s impactful return, showcased Australia’s resilience and set the stage for a historic final.The grand finale at the Narendra Modi Stadium filled with over 130,000 Indian supporters, saw an undefeated India facing off against the mighty Australians, five-time champions hungry for their sixth title. Pat Cummins pre-match quote about silencing a big crowd echoed throughout as Australia’s splendid bowling performance restricted India to 240 runs. With the pressure on, Australia found themselves at 47/3, but Travis Head’s magnificent 137, supported by Marnus Labuschagne’s unbeaten half-century, secured Australia’s sixth ODI World Cup championship, stunning the home crowd into silence. Pat Cummins had predicted it, and he delivered.As the curtains fall on an outstanding World Cup, Australia emerges as the deserving champions, overcoming obstacles and delivering memorable performances. From thrilling upsets to individual brilliance, the tournament showcased the essence of ODI cricket. Travis Head’s heroics in the final will be etched in cricketing history, as will the “Wankade Miracle” that symbolizes the unpredictable nature of the sport. As fans bid farewell to this exhilarating edition, the anticipation for future cricketing spectacles continues to grow, fueled by the enduring spirit and unpredictability that make cricket the heartbeat of global sports.

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Rtr. Amaan Thaha
(Co-Editor 2023-24)

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Arshad Ismail

Amazing work ❤️

Amaan Thaha

Thanks Ayya❤️

Piravena Paheerathan

Brilliantly captured the moments of the World Cup!

Amaan Thaha

Thanks Akki🥰