Cape Town - Magic moments in the 2015 Cricket World Cup which concluded on Sunday with Australia lifting the trophy.
Captain Morgan or invisible man?
England captain Eoin Morgan was introduced as 'Eoin Rogers' by the
mayor of Wellington when the team arrived in the New Zealand capital.
Morgan, 28, shrugged off the gaffe: "I’ve been called a lot worse. She
got the hardest part right."
Rambo inspires Afghanistan
Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan became a cult hero, charging
in with bandanna strapped tightly around his head, with cheeks painted
in the colours of the Afghan flag. He admitted his hero was Rambo but
unlike Sylvester Stallone's on-screen lone wolf, he performed a nifty
cartwheel when he took a wicket. Hassan was also at the non-striker's
end when Shapoor Zadran hit the winning runs in the historic win over
Gayle takes tweet revenge
If West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron was trying to
get Chris Gayle fired up when he retweeted a call from a fan to pension
off the star opener, it certainly did the trick.
"Gayle goes Can’t buy a run. Let’s give him a retirement package
Can’t fail repeatedly and still front up based on reputation," was the
fan's post retweeted by the Windies boss.
Two days later, Gayle smashed the first-ever World Cup double century in the win over Bangladesh.
Joyce freed on bail
Ireland's Ed Joyce had a lucky break when he survived the ball
hitting the stumps while batting against the United Arab Emirates in
Amjad Javed thought he'd struck with his fourth ball when an
inswinger beat left-hander Joyce's defence and caused the LED lights on
the bails to flash. But although the off-bail was disturbed, it landed
back in its groove and Joyce was not out.
Choke's on you, Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell joked with the Auckland crowd that New Zealand would
crumble in their pursuit of a modest 152-run target to defeat his
Australians in the pool phase by turning to the fans and making a
choking gesture by clasping his hands around his throat. Moments later,
Kane Williamson launched a six over Maxwell's head for a dramatic
That's pants, Yasir
Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah made a brave but fruitless, diving
attempt to prevent a four in the win against South Africa in Auckland.
Worse was to follow as millions of TV viewers around the world got a
glimpse of Yasir's pristine white Y-fronts as his trousers got caught in
the boundary ropes.
Bugs life in Hamilton
New Zealand and Bangladesh players had to call for insect sprays to
fend off swarms of black bugs which descended on Hamilton's Seddon
On a steamy, muggy day in the city, bugs caused a number of brief stoppages as Bangladesh batted in the early afternoon.
It was also reported that nearby pharmacies had run out of insect repellent as players and fans sought relief.
Music while you work
Tournament DJs, supplying music snippets in between overs or during
breaks, have been quick witted and quick off the mark. They played the
Monkees' "I'm a Believer" when Pakistan were trying to chase down the
West Indies in Christchurch and "Doctor, Doctor" by the Thompson Twins
as New Zealand's Martin Guptill was treated for cramp against
Bangladesh's 'Bryan brothers'
Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza
mimicked US tennis brothers Mike and Bob Bryan's famous leaping chest
bump celebration when Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed. It was a powerful
collision, sending both men falling to the ground.
Sound of Wahab hands clapping
In a tense quarter-final between Pakistan and Australia, Wahab Riaz
peppered Shane Watson with a series of short balls before eyeballing
and applauding the veteran all-rounder. Wahab also blew him a kiss for
luck during one of the tournament's most hostile spells of fast bowling.
Watson had the last laugh as he was dropped by Rahat Ali before leading
his team to victory, although both men were later fined.
Guptill best ever - again
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill smashed a World Cup record 237 in the quarter-final against the West Indies, passing the previous best
of 215 set by Gayle against Zimbabwe earlier in the tournament. He also
beat his own personal record of 189, the previous best score in a
one-day international by a New Zealand batsman.
South African kills off South Africa
Johannesburg-born Grant Elliott made an undefeated 84 in what
proved to be a crucial match-clinching innings for New Zealand in a
memorable semi-final against South Africa in Auckland. He secured
victory with a huge six off Dale Steyn.
Clarke signs off in style
Australia captain Michael Clarke dedicated the World Cup title to
Phillip Hughes, the team-mate who died after being hit on the head by a
bouncer last year.
"I'm sure everybody standing on this stage will say we played this
World Cup with 16 players," said Clarke who made a 74 in the final.
"This victory is dedicated to our little brother Phillip Hughes."