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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Comment

People in world are separated by culture, language, place, race, religion etc. But there was one word that unites the entire world. Its name is called "Cricket". Cricket the game that boosts energy in millions of hearts, the game that makes pride of one's country. Cricket is one of the oldest games in the world. It is called as "Creckett" in earlier days. The name is derived from Middle Dutch krick meaning stick. Earlier it was started in 16th century and it passed through all parts of world in 18th century. Today cricket is a major sport that attracts millions of people in world.

ICC (International Cricket Council) world cup is an international championship of One Day International (ODI). This tournament is one of the most viewed sports in the world. It is said to be festival for cricket lovers across world. The first world cup was organized at England in June 1975. From then, ICC had successfully hosted 10 world cups in different countries for every 4 years. The 2015 world cup is the 11th cricket world cup, jointly hosted by Australia and Newzealand, starting from 14th February to 29th March 2015. This is the second time that the tournament will be held in Australia and Newzealand. Total of 14 teams are participating and will play 49 matches with Australia playing 26 games and Newzealand playing 23 games. The final match taken place at Melbourne Cricket ground which is world largest cricket stadium. Mr. Sachin Tendulkar who was called as God of Cricket for millions of hearts across the world was appointed as ambassador for 2015 world cup for the 2nd time after 2011 world cup.

The ICC had sold the broadcasting rights to ESPN and Star Spots. The tournament is divided into two pools namely Pool A and Pool B compromising of 7 countries in Pool A and 7 countries in Pool B. India is participating in Pool B along with Pakistan, UAE, Ireland, Zimbabwe, West Indies and South Africa. Among these UAE is the new team.

India is playing with good young squad this time under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was well experienced captain and gave India World cup in two formats in both T20 and ODI. The Opening match of India is with Pakistan on February 15th, at Adelaide make million people across the world to see with anxiety. India has never lost Pakistan in world cup match and same scenario repeats in Adelaide match too. Young Indian players like Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and our captain MS Dhoni showed their best in match and proved again that they won't give up whatever the situation is. The bowlers too had proved their best. India has won this historic match by 76 runs and player of the match goes to Virat Kohli for his extraordinary performance of scoring 107 runs which crucially help India to score 300 runs for 50 overs. The whole India has celebrated this event as a festival after the result. The next historical match was held on 22nd February 2015, against South Africa. South Africa is one of the favorite team because they have good players and key player was A B De Villiers who hit the world's fastest century against West Indies. And the major point is that India had not won one match against South Africa in world cup. These points make our Indians to have less hope in success of India winning against South Africa. But, the young charms of India created a history by winning against South Africa for the first time in World cup history. India won the match by 130 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground and player of the match was given to Shikhar Dhawan for his good batting in the match. These two match results show that our players have learned lessons from previous defeats from past few months. This success boosts the people of India to have more confidence on our team and eagerly waiting for next 4 matches.

I finally conclude that there was no doubt our players show the best in the remaining matches too and make people of India pride once again. Millions of hearts are waiting for the day which we celebrated 4 years back. "Come on team India, Give your best". Just remember millions of hearts are waiting for your victory on 29th march with thousands of feelings.

Padma Bandaru