Today we bring you a few facts about Cricket World Cup 1999. ICC Cricket World Cup 1999, like any other edition, was a high voltage tournament with teams dueling it out in the middle at every match. And there were facts that made the tournament different from earlier versions.
Facts about Cricket World Cup 1999:
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- The ICC World Cup tournament was co-hosted by England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Netherlands in the year 1999. The Football World Cup was to be played in the year 1998 and Olympics was scheduled in the year 2000. So the World Cup Cricket changed from a normal 4-years gap to a 3 years one keep the competition at bay. Since then it’s the scheme they follow. Among the basic facts about Cricket World Cup 1999.
- In England, it was a rainy season and a overcast conditions were expected. The English pitches looked lush green. So, additional reserve days were kept between the matches expecting the rain.
- There were 12 teams participated in the World Cup tournament and the total of 42 matches were played. The top three teams from the two groups would go into Super Six level.
Group A: South Africa, India, Zimbabwe, England, Sri Lanka and Kenya.
Group B: Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, Bangladesh & Scotland.
- The white colored ball ‘Duke’ was introduced in the ICC World Cup Cricket tournament 1999. The ball was harder and swung more than the ball used in the previous tournaments.
- The tournament was full of excitement and surprising performances from the players that got the cricket lovers great time while watching matches.
- For India, it was a special match against Sri Lanka, when both Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid played magnificently and each one scored a hundred to add 318 runs for 3rd wicket, which was then a world record. Sourav Ganguly’s knock of 183 runs off 158 balls including 17 fours and seven sixes became the highest individual score for a batsman in the World Cup. Among the things most remembered about Cricket World Cup 1999.
- It was during the tournament that both spinners, Geoff Allott of New Zealand and Shane Warne of Australia bowled magical spells during the matches and topped in the best bowler’s list of the tournament.
- Lance Klusener, the South African all-rounder put on an extraordinary performance during the World Cup tournament. The infamous run out of Klusener cost South Africa a place in the final match of World Cup. Lance Klusener who scored 281 runs with average of 140.5, took 17 wickets & was named Man of the Match four times in the tournament. Among the interesting facts about Cricket World Cup 1999.
- Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 9 wickets in the 1st semi-final and Australia tied the match with South Africa to enter into the final of ICC World Cup in 1999.
- Pakistan performed poorly in the World Cup when bowled out for mere 132 runs. Australia won the one-sided final match by eight wickets to win the World Cup 2nd time. Among the key facts about Cricket World Cup 1999.
These were things about Cricket World Cup 1999, which summarize the tournament. If you think you know some other aspects, that warrant a listing here, put those in comments.
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