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Cricket World Cup finals and Mad Max!

The first Cricket World Cup finals was played some 45 years ago against West Indies and Australia. Windies won the finals by 17 runs to clinch the Prudential World Cup at Lords in-front of 24,000 spectators on 21 June 1975.

From 1975 to 2019, 12 world cups has been held and out of the 12 World Cup finals only 6 players have been able to score a century. This includes 2 West Indian players, 2 Sri Lankan’s and 2 Australian’s.

  1. 1975 – Sir Clive Lloyd (WI)- 102 (85)
  2. 1979 – Sir Viv Richards (WI)- 138 (157)
  3. 1996 – Aravinda De Silva (SL) – 107 (124)
  4. 2003 – Ricky Ponting (AUS) – 140 (121)
  5. 2007 – Adam Gilchrist (AUS) – 149 (104)
  6. 2011 – Mahela Jayawardena (SL) – 103 (88)

Out of this the two Sri Lankan’s are unique and special. Aravinda is the first player to score a century while chasing in a World Cup finals while Mahela is the only batsmen to score a century in a World Cup finals for the losing team.

Aravinda de Silva the Mad Max; an all round stunning performance !!

Was Aravinda’s innings at the 1996 World Cup finals the best ever innings at a World Cup finals? Not just the innings I guess his all round performance at the finals was commendable and difficult to be matched. Here is why;

  1. 1. This knock of 107 came while chasing a target and at a time where the Lankans lost 2 quick wickets for just 23 runs. He became the first and only player to record a century in a finals while chasing. Forget a finals, there is always an element of pressure in chasing a target.
  2. 2. Aravinda is the only player to score a century and pick up 2 wickets in a finals; let’s further expand it, first player to score a century and pick up 3 wickets, furthermore the first player to score a century, pick up 3 wickets and hold on to two catches.
  3. 3. Aravinda’s knock didn’t include a single six, he was the first out of the Centurions to not to hit a maximum until his countrymen Mahela who joined him in 2011.

With the bat, ball and in the field !

Out of the 6 centurions only 3 has rolled their arms in the finals. Out of these three players only Aravinda has been able to hold on to two catches.

  1. 1975 – Sir Clive Lloyd – 102 off 85; 12 – 1 – 38 – 1, 0 catches.
  2. 1979 – Sir Viv Richards – 138 off 157; 10 – 0 – 35 – 0, 1 catch.
  3. 1996 – Aravinda De Silva – 107 off 124; 9 – 0 – 42 – 3, 2 catches.

Looking at the all round performance isn’t Aravinda’s match performances the most impactful one?

Pic credits – Getty Images

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