The significance of No. 15 in the Cricket World Cup




The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is now fifteen days away. This will be the eleventh edition of the coveted trophy and each of the teams will try their best to win the cup. The tournament kicks off on the 14th February, 2015 and will continue for the next forty-five days until the final match of the trophy is played at a gala event in Melbourne.

The significance of No. 15 in the Cricket World Cup

The significance of No. 15 in the Cricket World Cup

This time Australia and New Zealand will host the event. A total of 14 cricket loving nations will participate in the upcoming ICC World Cup. Teams are divided into two groups; Pool A and Pool B. Cricket matches are scheduled to be played at the grounds in Australia and New Zealand. A total of 42 league matches followed with 4 Quarter-finals, 2 Semi Finals and a grand Final match are to be held at this edition of the tournament.

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The very first Cricket World Cup was held in the year 1975 and the championship tournament still continues to remain as the most spectacular sporting event for the last forty years in a row. Just when the forthcoming world cup is fortnight away, it would be very interesting to know that the number 15 holds a very special significance in the tournament since long time back.

The legacy of number fifteen in the ICC Cricket World Cup

  • Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar holds the world record for scoring 15 half centuries in the history of cricket world cup. South Africa’s Jacques Kallis is the second most successful batsman in the tournament. Kallis has 9 fifities in his world cup career.
  • Ireland a relatively newer cricket playing nation has participated in 15 cricket matches combining the ICC Cricket World Cups in 2007 and 2011 respectively. This is surprisingly higher than the total matches that India, Zimbabwe and Pakistan have played in these two tournaments.
  • Yuvraj Singh was adjudged as the man-of-the-series in the ICC World Cup 2011 for his all-round performance. He took 15 wickets and amassed 362 runs as well. The talented southpaw played a vital role for India to lift the World Cup trophy for the second time in history after 28 years.
  • The Australian legendary bowler Glenn McGrath – the Pigeon holds a best bowling figure in the world cups. His 7/15 bowling figure in a match against Namibia Vs Australia during ICC World Cup 2003 is still the best bowling figure from economic rate in the tournament so far.
  • In a match against West Indies Vs Pakistan at 2007 World Cup; a total of 15 out of 19 dismissals were caught-out.

These illustrations represent the relevance of number 15 in the world cups. Cricket fans are now eagerly waiting for the tournament to start this February and hopefully India may win the championship title at MCG in Melbourne at the final. “Common India; Lets win the cup again.”

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Atish Home Chowdhury is a freelance writer. sports are inseparable from him. He especially loves WWE, Cricket and other sports. It was long ago during his childhood he aimed to become a cricketer first but his creativity didn’t allow him to become a player. Instead he chose to be a sports journalist. This fulfills my aim both as a creative person as well as it keeps me inside the world of sports too.

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