Friday, February 13, 2015

Maggcom Updates you For this World Cup


This one’s for all you cricket fans! We couldn’t have had a better day to start the World Cup 2015 matches. This Valentine’s celebrate your love for cricket as the world cup 2015 match has begun and we cannot even imagine the amount of excitement that’s building up in all the cricket fans. World Cup 2015 is going to be different and thrilling with some legendary players being missed at the stadium to look at, “Oh Sachin! How we loved watching you play. All those girls who didn’t even understand the ABC of cricket also watched it only so they could see you hit those amazing fours and sixes!” But well, it’s not just about the players but also new rules that have been set for this year’s World Cup! So without wasting any more time scroll down, here’s a list of everything that you need to know about the ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015.

Players Who Will be Missed at the World Cup 2015:

Undoubtedly Sachin Tendulkar has to be the number one to be mentioned in the list. There will no more be ‘Sachin, Sachin’ slogans in Indian houses or excitement to watch him play. Amongst the others are:

  • Yuvraj Singh,
  • Bret Lee of Australia,
  • Kieron Pollard of West Indies,
  • Jonathan Trott of England,
  • Umar Gul of Pakistan,
  • Jacques Kallis of South Africa.

Players to Watch Out for:

  • Virat Kohli,
  • Corey Anderson from New Zealand,
  • Aaron James Finch and Mitchell Starc from Australia,
  • Moeen Ali from England.

The New Game Changing Rules:

Here are some of the game changing rules for the ICC World Cup 2015
Fielding restrictions and Powerplay

  1. Only 4 fielders will allowed outside the 30-yard circle for the majority of the innings. Also, there will be only two blocks of Powerplay overs instead of three: the first covering the opening ten overs, with only two fielders outside the ring; the second, a five-over block to be taken by the batting side before the 40th over, with three fielders outside the ring.
  2. No super over in Knockouts.
  3. Superover in knockouts has been dropped out, except for the finals.
  4. Two new balls.
  5. The introduction of two new balls will make batting more challenging for openers.

Players and their Superstitions:

  • Virat Kohli prefers using the same pair of batting gloves which he had been scoring with.
  • Dale Steyn of South Africa has always been seen stepping onto the field with his left foot first and with his eyes looking up to the sky.
  • Steve Waugh from Australia was known for tagging a red cloth in his pocket.
  • England’s Geoffrey Boycott has been seen spending some time alone in his changing room giving a deep thought on issues before going out to bat.
  • Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal, has opted for No. 3 on his shirt instead of the regular 96 on advice of his spiritual guru.

Players Who May Retire from ODIs after the World Cup 2015:

M.S.Dhoni has already announced his retirement following the World Cup. But he wasn’t the only one who did so. There are a few others who may be seen playing ODIs for the last time. Here’s a list of players who could announce retirement soon after the World Cup:

  • Shahid Afridi of Pakistan,
  • Michael Clarke of Australia,
  • Tillakratna Dilshan of Sri Lanka,
  • Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka,
  • Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka,
  • Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka,