Canada almost beat Pakistan at one stage.
Actually thought this one was a pretty good advertisment for the minnows. There are a number of players that made a name for themselves this tournament (Baidwan, Balaji Rao, Kevin O'brien, William Porterfield, George Dockrell, Pieter Seelaar, RTD to name a few). If anything, this world cup has shown that the gap between the minnows and the top of the pile has narrowed considerably. Granted there were still disappointments and the top 8 did scrape through but I have no problem with a group stage involving several minnows. What I dont want to see is a month long group stage that is absolutely meaningless, which is kind of what happened this time. Basically these teams played for a month only to tell us what we already knew, that the top 8 teams in world cricket are South Africa, Australia, England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and West Indies.
Tendulkar = the most overated player EVER!!
Beckham = the most overated footballer EVER!!
Vassell = the biggest disgrace since rikki clarke!!
On topic, is this the best world cup in a long time? Yes, best since 1999, but that has almost entirely to do with how even the top 8 are and England being quite generous and nothing to do with the format or the quality of play.
I think its been a top WC.
I like the format to , the only thing i would change is having 2 matches played per day every day throughout the group stages.
Group B has been quite good, but apart from NZ vs Pakistan there really wasn't any good games in group A.
Minnows have been great. Overall the whole tournament has been swell for mine, plenty of memorable events, unexpected results and tense matches, despite the occasional thrashing. Yes, that's more to do with the teams than the organisation of the WC itself, but who cares? This'll only happen once every four years, enjoy it while it lasts.
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I am enjoying it, but it will be sad not to see an Aus vs SA game at some stage.
It's been the most exciting tournament since 99 for me. It's probably succeeded in spite of its format rather than because of it though. 6 group games each feels like maybe a couple too many but the ICC's hands were rather forced after the 2007 tournament.
I'm not putting on a tinfoil hat and hiding under my table with the other conspiracy theorists, but it's an undeniable fact that India and, to a lesser extent, Pakistan being eliminated before the Super 8 stage cost millions in advertising revenue. The ICC rather cooked the books to avoid this eventuality this time around and England, advancing despite two losses to minnows, have been the unwitting beneficiaries.
Anyway, don't mean to carp, has been thoroughly enjoyable so far and hopefully the KO stages will continue in this vein.
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This is the first WC I have watched properly and with keen interest. Been awesome, loved all the minnow games including thrashing, got to see all the quality players in their sides. It's good to know that with effort, we might have a new "Bangladesh" in Ireland. On the other hand Kenya and Zimbabwe have really deproved over the years, not the players faults maybe but I think it's time to move on from them and focus on Netherlands and Ireland.
Love the fact that theres a game to watch everyday, and doing work is made so much less exhausting, albeit distracting, when you can follow a game at the same time. This tournament comes every four years, If we can spend a 20 days on a freaking 7 match ODI bilateral series, a month and a half ain't so bad.
From now on, it's just three wins to a World Cup, so pumped I can hardly wait. Can't pick a clear favourite, SA and India lost/tied against England who lost to two minnows. SL and Aus lost to Pakistan, who lost to New Zealand, who lost to the former two. WI have been impressive but lack batting depth. Got to thank England for all the nail biters too
Can't wait, this is going to be so ****ing awesome.
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