2015 Cricket World Cup

Australia beat New Zealand in the final match and won the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The tournament was jointly held by the same two teams that played the final match. Fourteen countries participated. The Cricket World Cup is a men’s tournament and is held every four years. Cricket is a very old game. It has origins in Europe, and people have been playing the game for over 300 years. Cricket is played by two teams of 11 players each. It is played with a bat and a ball. The aim is to hit the ball with the bat and score ‘runs’ by running between two sets of stumps (3 vertical posts stuck in the ground). The team with the most number of runs wins the game. It is often called the “gentleman’s game”. The first Cricket World Cup was held in 1975 in the United Kingdom. The next Cricket World Cup will be held in 2019 in the United Kingdom.

One fun fact from this year’s World Cup is that the general tickets for the match between India and Pakistan on February 15 sold out in just 12 minutes after going on sale!

Here is a video showing highlights from this year’s World Cup, and here is a video about how to play cricket.

 

Did you know?

The Australian Sir Donald Bradman, nicknamed “The Don”, is considered to be the greatest batsman in the history of cricket. He lived from 1908 to 2001.

 
Image Credits: http://www.icc-cricket.com/ for the Cricket World Cup image and logo
Sources: http://www.icc-cricket.com, http://www.hindustantimes.com/, http://www.espncricinfo.com/