Ben Stokes and 11 other 'Man of the Match' awardees in World Cup Final
July 14, witnessed the greatest ever ODI, in what was the grandest cricketing stage the World Cup Final. A tie-breaker followed he thrilling tie, which too ended in a tie. England were handed the cup because they had scored more boundaries, an absurd rule that was agreed upon by allteams before the tournament, maybe because of the minuscule probability.
Three days later, the hangover of the epic Sunday refuses you to leave. Add the Wimbledon Final to the equation; it gets worse. Sunday, July 14, witnessed the greatest ever ODI, in what was the grandest cricketing stage – the World Cup Final.
A tie-breaker followed thrilling tie, which too ended in a tie. England were handed the cup because they had scored more boundaries, an absurd rule that was agreed upon by all teams before the tournament, maybe because of the minuscule probability.
Cricket world stood beside the luck-deprived Kiwis, who crossed most hurdles on the big day but the New Zealand born Ben Stokes. Stokes, who entered the tournament as one of the finest modern all-rounders, is on the verge of being knighted. Soon to be ‘Sir Benjamin Andrew Stokes' or not, he became the 12th cricketer to win the Man of the Match award in the World Cup Final.
Here's a look at the illustrious timeline.
The Men of the World Cup Finals
1975 World Cup : Clive Lloyd (WI)| West Indies vs Australia, Lord’s
Invited to bat, West Indies were in a spot of bother at 50 for three when their skipper Clive Lloyd walked out. The Guyanese southpaw launched a fearless counterattack against the likes of Dennis Lillee, Gary Gilmour, Jeff Thomson, and Max Walker. Lloyd’s 85-ball 102 propelled West Indies to 291, a game they managed to clinch by 17 runs to lift the inaugural cricket World Cup. Lloyd, who lifted the trophy at Lord’s, was also adjudged the Man of the Match.
West Indies 291/6 (60) [R Kanhai 55 (105), C Lloyd 102 (85); G Gilmour 12-2-48-5] beat Australia 274 (58.4) [Alan Turner 40 (54), Ian Chappell 62 (93); Keith Boyce 12-0-50-4] by 17 runs
1979 World Cup: Viv Richards (WI) | West Indies vs England, Lord’s
West Indies were asked to bat, and the English bowlers didn’t allow big partnerships. Just when it seemed that Viv Richards was running out of partners, Collis King joined him and began a counterattack. Richards-King partnership lasted 139 runs for the fifth wicket before King fell. Richards hung in there, slammed a ton and played a lone hand thereon to guide West Indies to 286.
England were bowled out for 194 as West Indies lifted another World Cup. Joel Garner picked five wickets, but Richards was awarded the Man of the Match.
West Indies 286/9 (60) [V Richards 138 (157)*, C King 86 (66); I Botham 12-2-44-2, P Edmonds 12-2-40-2] beat England 194 (51) [M Brearley 64 (130), G Boycott 57 (105); M Holding 8-1-16-2, J Garner 11-0-38-5] by 92 runs
1983 World Cup : Mohinder Amarnath (IND) | India vs West Indies, Lord’s
West Indies were playing their third consecutive World Cup final and started as favourites. Invited to bat, India were bowled out for 183. Kris Srikkanth top-scored with 38. Mohinder Amarnath and Sandeep Patil chipped in with 26 and 27 respectively.
Richards was walking away with the game before Kapil Dev pouched a sensational catch to end his stay. The Indian seamers found their wings and turned the tables around to bowl out the defending champions for 140.
Amarnath followed up his gritty batting act with a three-for, making the leather talk. India ended the Caribbean juggernaut to lift the World Cup for the first time. Amarnath’s all-round performance earned him the Man of the Match award.
India 183 (54.4) [K Srikkanth 38 (57), M Amarnath 26 (80), S Patil 27 (29); A Roberts 10-3-32-3] beat West Indies 140 (52) [V Richards 33 (28), J Dujon 25 (73); M Lal 12-2-31-3, M Amarnath 7-0-12-3] by 43 runs
1987 World Cup: David Boon (AUS) | Australia vs England, Eden Gardens
Australia elected to bat. Opener David Boon's 75 lent solidity to the Australian innings which finished with 253. Bill Athey, the other half centurion, and English skipper Mike Gatting brought England back in the game with their steady partnership. Gatting decided to play a reverse sweep off his Australian counterpart Allan Border, and that became the turning point. Australia pulled off a seven-run win, and considering the margin, Boon's 75 was picked as the most valuable contribution in the game. Australia won its first gold.
Australia 253/5 (50) [D Boon 75 (125), M Veletta 45 (31)] beat England 246/8 (50) [B Athey 58 (103), M Gatting 41 (45), A Lamb 45 (55)] by 7 runs
1992 World Cup: Wasim Akram (PAK) | Pakistan vs England, MCG
Electing to bat, Pakistan lost their in-form opener, Rameez Raja, early. They were 24 for two when their stalwarts Javed Miandad and Imran Khan put up 139 for the third wicket. Inzamam-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram’s late blitz lifted Pakistan to 249.
Akram struck early, sending back Ian Botham. Aided by Aaqib Javed and Mushtaq Ahmed, Akram demolished the English batting. His dismissal of Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis is etched in the cricketing folklores forever. Pakistan bowled out England for 227 and laid their hands on the World Cup.
Pakistan 249/6 (50) [Imran Khan 72 (110), J Miandad 58 (98), Inzamam-ul-Haq 42 (35), Wasim Akram 33 (18)*; D Pringle 10-2-22-3] beat England 227 (49.2) [N Fairbrother 62 (70); Wasim Akram 10-0-49-3, Mushtaq Ahmed 10-1-41-3] by 22 runs
1996 World Cup: Aravinda de Silva (SL) | Sri Lanka vs Australia, Lahore
Sri Lanka chased well throughout the tournament. But deciding to do so in a World Cup Final raised eyebrows. Australia, led by their skipper Mark Taylor's breezy 74, put up a challenging 241 and relied on their strong bowling attack. Aravinda de Silva was Sri Lanka's best bowler claiming three wickets, and he wasn't done yet.
Sri Lanka lost their openers with 23 on the board. Worse, the tournament star Sanath Jayasuriya was back in the pavilion. De Silva aided by Asanka Gurusinha and skipper Arjuna Ranatunga pulled off their most significant win in the 47th over.
De Silva, who pulled off one of the most exceptional all-round performances, became the third centurion in a World Cup final after Lloyd and Richards.
Australia 241/7 (50) [M Taylor 74 (83), R Ponting 45 (73); A de Silva 9-0-42-3] lost to Sri Lanka 245/3 (46.2) [A Gurusinha 65 (99), A de Silva 107 (124)*, A Ranatunga 47 (37)*] by 7 wickets
1999 World Cup: Shane Warne (AUS) | Australia vs Pakistan, Lord’s
Shane Warne was a magician. He spun Australia to the infamous tie at Edgbaston in the semi-final. Australia's win over South Africa in the super-six ensured their advance. Pakistan were the side to beat; they had downed Australia in a thriller at Leeds in the previous match.
Pakistan elected to bat in the final. The Australian pace battery felled their top order before Warne arrived and walloped the rest. Warne scalped four wickets as Pakistan folded for 132. Australia completed the chase in no time.
Pakistan 132 (39.2) [S Warne 9-1-33-4] beat Australia 133/2 (20.1) [M Waugh 37 (52), A Gilchrist 54 (36)] by 8 wickets
2003 World Cup: Ricky Ponting (AUS) | Australia vs India, Wanderers
The previous two World Cup finals were won by teams batting second. The overcast conditions at Johannesburg prompted Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to field first, a decision India went on to regret later.
Australia were the best side in the world. India were second best, but the distance between them was the margin, similar to their defeat. Australian skipper Ricky Ponting demolished the Indian bowlers and stitched an unbeaten third-wicket stand of 234 with Damien Martyn to pile up 359. The much-famed Indian batting line-up succumbed to a 125-run defeat.
Australia 359/2 (50) [A Gilchrist 57 (48), M Hayden 37 (54), R Ponting 140 (121)*, D Martyn 88 (84)*] beat India 234 (39.2) [V Sehwag 82 (81), R Dravid 47 (57); G McGrath 8.2-0-52-3] by 125 runs
2007 World Cup: Adam Gilchrist (AUS) | Australia vs Sri Lanka, Bridgetown
Australia were the favourites to defend their title. In a rain-marred final, Australia elected to bat, and Gilchrist unleashed himself. The Australian vice-captain, with a squash ball under his glove, clobbered the Sri Lankan attack to blast a 104-ball 149 as Australia finished with 281 in their 38 overs.
The frequent rain intervals and the fading light didn’t help Sri Lanka’s cause. Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara gave some hopes, but in the end, it was a lot. ICC was lambasted for the arrangements.
Australia 281/4 (38) [A Gilchrist 149 (104), M Hayden 38 (55), R Ponting 37 (42)] beat Sri Lanka 215/8 (36) [S Jayasuriya 63 (67), K Sangakkara 54 (52)] by 53 runs (D/L Method)
2011 World Cup: MS Dhoni (IND) | India vs Sri Lanka, Wankhede Stadium
It’s easy to crumble under pressure, especially if it’s the World Cup Final. But MS Dhoni has the rarest of gifts, his composure and he applied it to perfection. Sri Lanka elected to bat and put up a challenging 274 courtesy a brilliant hundred from Mahela Jayawardene and a late blitz from Thisara Perera.
India had lost Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar before the seventh over. After some resurrection from Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, India lost the former at 114 in the 22nd over. Considering his good record against Sri Lanka and familiarity with wicketkeeping against Muttiah Muralitharan for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Dhoni promoted himself ahead of the in-form Yuvraj Singh at No.5. The rest is history. Dhoni played his finest innings and finished the game with a six off Nuwan Kulasekara in the 49th over.
Sri Lanka 274/6 (50) [K Sangakkara 48 (67), M Jayawardene 103 (88)*] lost to India 277/4 (48.2) [G Gambhir 97 (122), V Kohli 35 (49), MS Dhoni 91 (79)*] by 6 wickets
2015 World Cup: James Faulkner (AUS) | Australia vs New Zealand, MCG
The two best sides in the tournament and the host nations made it to the final. To New Zealand’s dismay, the final was played at the Australian backyard- Melbourne. New Zealand elected to bat and lost their skipper Brendon McCullum in the first over. McCullumhad been in a blazing form. New Zealand soon found themselves at 39 for three in the 13th over before Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott marked a recovery.
Just when the Kiwis geared up to up the ante in the batting powerplay, James Faulkner picked the crucial wickets of Taylor, Elliott and Corey Anderson to trigger a decisive collapse. From 150 for three, New Zealand were bowled out for 183. Australia chased it down in the 34th over.
New Zealand 183 (45) [R Taylor 40 (72), G Elliott 83 (82); M Johnson 9-0-30-3, J Faulkner 9-1-36-3] lost to Australia 186/3 (33.1) [D Warner 45 (46), S Smith 56 (71)*, M Clarke 74 (72)] by 7 wickets
2019 World Cup: Ben Stokes (ENG) | England vs New Zealand, Lord’s
England, the No.1 ODI side, started favourites. New Zealand won the all-important toss and elected to bat on an overcast morning and a pitch with a green ting. New Zealand were off to a decent start, getting past 100 in the 22nd over for the loss of one wicket. A difficult pitch, good bowling, flurry of wickets, and umpiring errors halted their progress. New Zealand managed 241, at least 20 runs less than what they would have liked.
England’s strong batting line-up was reduced to 86 for four in the 24th over. New Zealand were sniffing the gold when Stokes and Jos Buttler brought England back. Stokes held one end, with Buttler being the more adventurous partner.
The resilient Stokes, guided by several strokes of luck(dropped catch, umpiring goof and a boundary deflected off his bat), continued England's charge as wickets tumbled at the other end. With two required off the final ball, Stokes guided a full toss from Trent Boult to the on-side and called for two. Mark Wood was run out at the non-striker’s end, resulting in a tie.
A super-over, the first-ever in ODIs, ensued. Stokes walked out to Buttler, and they scored 15 off Boult. New Zealand did all the right work till the decisive ball. They needed two off the final ball to seal the World Cupwin. Guptill flicked Jofra Archer on the leg-side, and while completing the second run, he fell short of the crease.
The super over of the greatest final ever ended in a tie. England were awarded the World Cup as they had scored more boundaries, a rule for which ICC againcame under the scanner. Anyway, Stokes redeemed himself for 2016 WorldT20 final, where Carlos Brathwaite smacked him for four sixes in the final over to clinch an improbable West Indian win.
New Zealand 241/8 (50) [H Nicholls 55 (77), T Latham 47 (56); C Woakes 9-0-37-3, L Plunkett 10-0-42-3] tied with England 241 (50) [J Bairstow 36 (55), B Stokes 84 (98)*, J Buttler 59 (60); L Ferguson 10-0-50-3, J Neesham 7-0-43-3]
Super-Over: ENG 15/0 (1) tied with NZ 15/0 (1)
England awarded World Cup for the boundary-count rule