10 great World Cup performances by unsung heroes

Updated: May 29, 2019, 11:17 IST
  • 10 great World Cup performances by unsung heroes

    Neil Johnson: He came up with a superb all-round effort for Zimbabwe in the Super Six match against Australia at Lord's during the 1999 World Cup. Zimbabwe were chasing 304 to win the match. They finished on 259 for 6, but opener Johnson remained unbeaten on a wonderful 132. Earlier in the day, he dismissed the Aussie openers Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh. Not surprisingly, Johnson was named man of the match. Pic/AFP

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    Asif Karim: A former left-arm spinner from Kenya, Karim gave Australia a mini-scare during a Super Six encounter at Durban in the 2003 World Cup. The Aussies were chasing 175 to win, and Karim dismissed Ricky Ponting, Darren Lehmann and Brad Hogg to finish with superb figures of 3 for 7. Australia won by five wickets, but Karim was named man of the match. Pic/AFP

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    Collins Obuya: The leg-spinner from Kenya claimed 5 for 24 against Sri Lanka at Nairobi during a pool game in the 2003 World Cup. His wickets included those of Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, as Kenya shocked the former world champions by 53 runs in the match. Pic/Getty Images

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    Jeremy Bray: In Ireland's first match of the 2007 World Cup against Zimbabwe at Kingston, Bray gave them a big reason to cheer. Opening the innings, he made an unbeaten 115 from 137 balls with 10 fours and two sixes. The match ended in a nail-biting tie. Pic/AFP

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    Kevin O'Brien: Believe it or not, the fastest World Cup century belongs to an Irish batsman. O'Brien blasted 113 from 63 balls against former World Cup runners-up England in a group match of the 2011 World Cup at Bangalore. O'Brien's knock completely stunned England as Ireland chased down 328. Pic/AFP

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    Geoff Allott: The former left-arm pacer from New Zealand had a brilliant 1999 World Cup, his most significant effort coming against Trans-Tasman rivals Australia at Cardiff. Allott picked up 4 for 37; the scalps included those of Mark Waugh, Adam Gilchrist and Michael Bevan as the Aussies were kept to 213 for 8. The Kiwis went on to win the match by five wickets. Pic/AFP

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    Andrew Hall: He had a pretty mediocre international career, but Hall starred with the ball in a famous win for South Africa against England at Bridgetown during a Super Eight encounter in the 2007 World Cup. Hall claimed 5 for 18 as England were crumpled by nine wickets. Hall's scalps included Collingwood, Flintoff and the tail. Pic/AFP

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    Andy Bichel: He holds the record for the second best bowling figures in the World Cup, behind Glenn McGrath. Bichel, who mostly played when the first-choice bowlers were injured, claimed 7 for 20 against England at Port Elizabeth, in a group match of the 2003 World Cup. Following an Aussie batting collapse, it was Bichel’s unbeaten 34, which helped Michael Bevan (74 not out) take Australia past the finish line

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    John Davison: The Canada batsman played a spectacular knock against West Indies at Centurion in a pool game during the 2003 World Cup. Opening the innings, Davison blasted 111 from 76 balls with eight fours and six sixes. Eventually, West Indies won quite convincingly, but Davison had done enough to earn the man of the match. Pic/AFP

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    Winston Davis: It is not Holding, Marshall or Garner, but Davis who has the best figures by a West Indian bowler in the World Cup. He picked up 7 for 51 against the Australians at Leeds in a group match of the 1983 World Cup. West Indies thumped Australia by 101 runs. Sadly, Davis got paralysed after a freak incident in 1997

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The cricket World Cup has produced some brilliant performances by superstars of the game over the years. As we are on the brink of the 2019 Cricket World Cup (begins May 30), we take a look at some not so famous players who shone in the tournament in the past

 

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