2011 Cricket World Cup

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
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Official Logo of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Dates 19 February – 2 April 2011
Administrator(s) International Cricket Council
Cricket format One-Day International
Tournament format(s) Round robin and Knockout
Host(s)  India
 Sri Lanka
 Bangladesh
Champions India India (2nd title)
Participants 14 (from 104 entrants)
Matches played 49
Man of the Series India Yuvraj Singh
Most runs Sri Lanka Tillakaratne Dilshan (500)
Most wickets Pakistan Shahid Afridi (21)
India Zaheer Khan (21)
Official website cricket.yahoo.com

The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup was the tenth Cricket World Cup. It was played in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. It was Bangladesh’s first time co-hosting a World Cup. The World Cup was also supposed to be co-hosted by Pakistan, but in the wake of the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team in Lahore, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to strip Pakistan of its hosting rights.The headquarters of the organising committee were originally situated in Lahore, but have now been shifted to Mumbai. Pakistan was supposed to hold 14 matches, including one semi-final. Eight of Pakistan’s matches (including the semi-final) were awarded to India, four to Sri Lanka and two to Bangladesh.
All matches in the World Cup were accorded One Day International status, with all matches being played over 50 overs. Fourteen national cricket teams competed in the tournament, including ten full members and four associate members. The World Cup took place between February and 2nd April 2011, with the first match played on 19 February 2011 with co-hosts India and Bangladesh facing off at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. The opening ceremony was held on 17 February 2011 at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, two days before the start of the tournament,with the final on 2 April 2011 between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
The tournament was won by India who defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final. India became the first nation to win a World Cup final on home soil. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored an unbeaten 91 in the final and was adjudged the man of the match. India’s Yuvraj Singh was declared the man of the tournament. The biggest upset of the torunament was the defeat of England by Ireland.Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien scored a century in just 50 balls (and a total of 113 off 63 balls), the fastest World Cup century, while Ireland made the highest successful run chase in World Cup history beating Sri Lanka’s 313 against Zimbabwe at New Plymouth in New Zealand in 1992.

Host selection

Bids

The ICC originally announced its decision as to which countries would host the 2011 World Cup on 30 April 2006. Australia and New Zealand also bid for the tournament, and a successful Australasian bid for the 2011 World Cup would have seen a 50–50 split in games, with the final still up for negotiation. The Trans–Tasman bid, Beyond Boundaries, was the only bid for 2011 delivered to ICC headquarters in Dubai ahead of the 1 March deadline. Considerable merits of the Australasian bid were the superior venues and infrastructure and the total support of both the New Zealand and Australian governments on tax and customs issues during the tournament, according to Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland. The New Zealand government had also given assurance that Zimbabwe would be allowed to compete in the tournament, following political discussions in the country over whether their cricket team should be allowed to tour Zimbabwe in 2005.
ICC President Ehsan Mani said the extra time taken by the Asian block to hand over its bid compliance book had harmed the four-nation bid. However, when the time came to vote, Asia won the hosting rights by seven votes to three. The Pakistan Cricket Board has revealed that it was the vote of the West Indies Cricket Board that swung the matter, as the Asian bid had the support of the four bidding countries along with South Africa and Zimbabwe. It was reported in Pakistani newspaper Dawn that the Asian countries promised to hold fund-raising events for West Indian cricket during the 2007 World Cup, which may have influenced the vote. However, chairman of the Monitoring Committee of the Asian bid, I. S. Bindra, said it was their promise of extra profits in the region of US$400 million that swung the vote, that there “was no quid pro quo for their support”, and that playing the West Indies had “nothing to do with the World Cup bid”.
The ICC prefers to rotate World Cup venues between major cricket playing nations. The World Cups have been hosted by England (three times: 1975, 1979, 1983), India/Pakistan (1987), Australia/New Zealand (1992), India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka (1996), England/Netherlands (1999), South Africa/Zimbabwe/Kenya) (2003) and West Indies (2007). For the 2011 World Cup Australia/New Zealand were a strong contender ahead of India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka/Bangladesh because they had not hosted a World Cup since 1992. In the final voting India won because they argued that since they were a bigger group of countries they should be assigned a World Cup more frequently. Australia/New Zealand were awarded the 2015 World Cup.

Format

Late in 2007, the four host nations agreed upon a revised format for the 2011 World Cup identical to the 1996 World Cup, the only change being the number of teams: it was 12 in 1996 and 14 in 2011. The first round of the tournament will be a round-robin in which the 14 teams are divided into two groups of 7 teams each. The 7 teams play each other once with the top 4 from each group qualifying for the quarter-finals. The format ensures that each team gets to play a minimum of 6 matches even if they are ruled out of the tournament due to early defeats.

Qualification

As per ICC regulations, all 10 full members automatically qualify for the World Cup, including Zimbabwe who have given up their Test playing status until the standard of their team improves.
The ICC also organised a qualifying tournament in South Africa to determine which Associate teams would participate in 2011 event. Ireland, who had been the best performing Associate nation since the last World Cup, won the tournament, beating Canada in the final. The Netherlands and Kenya also qualified by virtue of finishing third and fourth respectively.
The following 14 teams qualified for the final tournament.

Group A Group B
Rank Team Rank Team
Full Members
1  Australia 2  India
3  Pakistan 4  South Africa
5  New Zealand 6  England
7  Sri Lanka 8  West Indies
9  Zimbabwe 10  Bangladesh
Associate Members
11  Canada 12  Ireland
13  Kenya 14  Netherlands

Preparations

Pakistan loses co-host status

In April 2009 the ICC announced that Pakistan had lost its right to co-host the 2011 World Cup due to ongoing concerns about the “uncertain security situation” prevailing in the country, especially in the aftermath of the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team in Lahore.
It is estimated that the PCB will lose $10.5 million due to the tournament being taken away from them.This figure only includes the match-fee of $750,000 per match guaranteed by the ICC. The overall loss to the PCB and the Pakistani economy is expected to be much greater.
On 9 April 2009, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt revealed that they had issued a legal notice to oppose ICC’s decision. However, the ICC claims that PCB is still a co-host and they have only shifted the matches out of Pakistan. Pakistan had proposed that South Asia host the 2015 World Cup and Australia/New Zealand host 2011, however this option did not find favour with their co-hosts and hence didn’t materialise.[Allocation of matches
On 11 April 2005, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan announced an agreement about the allocation of games. The original plan involved India hosting the final, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka would host the semi-finals. and the opening ceremony will take place in Bangladesh
After being stripped of its co-host status, Pakistan made the bid to host its home games in the cities of UAE as a neutral home venue. This is a result of Pakistan playing matches in the preceding months in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The pitches in these stadiums have also been developed to suit the Pakistani players.
However, on 28 April 2009, the ICC announced the re-allocation of matches originally intended to be played in Pakistan. As a result, India hosted 29 matches across eight venues including the final and one semi-final; Sri Lanka hosted 12 in three venues, including one semi-final; while Bangladesh staged eight at two grounds as well as the opening ceremony on 17 February 2011.
On 1 June 2010, the first phase of tickets for the 2011 World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were put on sale following a meeting of the tournament’s Central Organising Committee in Mumbai. The tickets were priced affordably, with the cheapest costing 20 US cents in Sri Lanka, the committee said. In January 2011, the ICC declared the Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata, India to be unfit and unlikely to be complete by 27 February when it was scheduled to host a match between India and England. As a result, the match was moved to Bangalore.

Media and promotion

The World Cup has grown as a media event with each tournament. The International Cricket Council has sold the rights for broadcasting of the 2011 Cricket World Cup for around US$ 2 Billion to ESPN Star Sports and Star Cricket.
Song and other promotions
The official event ambassador for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is Sachin Tendulkar, promoting various ICC initiatives for the tournament.
The official song of the 2011 World Cup “De Ghuma Ke” was composed by the trio of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, and is sung in Hindi, Bengali and Sinhala. It incorporates an array of Indian rhythms, as well as elements of rock and hip-hop. The song was performed at the opening ceremony of the tournament, which was held in Bangladesh on 17 February 2011.
Mascot
Stumpy, a young elephant, is the official mascot for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He was unveiled at a function in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday, 2 April 2010. The official name of the mascot was released on Monday, 2 August 2010 after an online competition conducted by the International Cricket Council in the last week of July, 2010.

Opening ceremony

Fireworks at the opening ceremony, seen from the surrounding areas of the Bangabandhu National Stadium in central Dhaka.

The Opening Ceremony was held in Bangladesh. The venue for the opening ceremony was Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The event took place on 17 February 2011, 2 days prior to the first match of the World Cup.

Prize money

The 2011 Cricket World Cup winning team would be taking home a prize money of US$ 3 million and US$ 1.5 million for runner-up, with the International Cricket Council deciding to double the total allocation for the coveted tournament to US$ 10 million. The winning team will also take home a replica of the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy, that has been awarded since 1999. The decision was taken at the ICC Board meeting which was held in Dubai on April 20, 2010. The total prize money on offer for the tournament for the teams placing from 1st to 8th is US$7.48 million. The remaining two semi-finalists will receive 0.75 million US$ each. The last four quarter-finalists will each receive 0.37 million US$.

Venues

All the venues of the 2011 Cricket World Cup were announced on 2 November 2009 in Mumbai by the International Cricket Council. Two new stadiums in Sri Lanka have been constructed for the World Cup at Kandy and Hambantota.

Venue City Capacity
India
Wankhede Stadium Mumbai 33,317
Eden Gardens Kolkata 90,000
MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai 50,000
M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore 55,000
Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad 54,000
Feroz Shah Kotla New Delhi 48,000
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium Nagpur 45,000
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Mohali 35,000
Sri Lanka
R Premadasa Stadium Colombo 35,000
Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium Kandy 35,000
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium Hambantota 35,000
Bangladesh
Shere Bangla National Stadium Dhaka 25,000
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Chittagong 20,000
2011 Cricket World Cup is located in Bangladesh

Chittagong
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Venues in Bangladesh
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Kolkata
New Delhi
Ahmedabad
Chennai
Mohali
Nagpur
Bengaluru
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Umpires

The Umpire selection panel selected 18 umpires excluding a reserve umpire, Enamul Haque (Bangladesh) to officiate at the World Cup: 5 from Australia, 6 from Asia, 3 from England, 2 from New Zealand and 1 each from South Africa and West Indies.

Australia

  • Simon Taufel
  • Steve Davis
  • Rod Tucker
  • Daryl Harper
  • Bruce Oxenford

New Zealand

  • Billy Bowden
  • Tony Hill
South Africa

  • Marais Erasmus

Pakistan

  • Aleem Dar
  • Asad Rauf

India

  • Shavir Tarapore
  • Amiesh Saheba
England

  • Ian Gould
  • Richard Kettleborough
  • Nigel Llong

Sri Lanka

  • Asoka de Silva
  • Kumar Dharmasena

West Indies

  • Billy Doctrove

Squads

Each country, before selecting their final squads chose a 30-member preliminary squad for the tournament which then would be cut down to 15. All the 14 teams announced their final squad before 19 January 2011.

Matches

Warm-up matches

The following 14 warm-up matches were played before the World Cup started.

Group stage

The top four teams from the two groups qualified for the quarter finals.

Group A

Team Pld W L T NR NRR Pts
 Pakistan 6 5 1 0 0 +0.758 10
 Sri Lanka 6 4 1 0 1 +2.582 9
 Australia 6 4 1 0 1 +1.123 9
 New Zealand 6 4 2 0 0 +1.135 8
 Zimbabwe 6 2 4 0 0 +0.030 4
 Canada 6 1 5 0 0 −1.987 2
 Kenya 6 0 6 0 0 −3.042 0
20 February 2011
Scorecard
Kenya 
69 (23.5 overs)
v  New Zealand
72/0 (8 overs)
New Zealand won by 10 wickets
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

20 February 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
332/7 (50 overs)
v  Canada
122 (36.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 210 runs
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota

21 February 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
262/6 (50 overs)
v  Zimbabwe
171 (46.2 overs)
Australia won by 91 runs
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

23 February 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
317/7 (50 overs)
v  Kenya
112 (33.1 overs)
Pakistan won by 205 runs
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota

25 February 2011
Scorecard
New Zealand 
206 (45.1 overs)
v  Australia
207/3 (34 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur

26 February 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
277/7 (50 overs)
v  Sri Lanka
266/9 (50 overs)
Pakistan won by 11 runs
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

28 February 2011
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
298/9 (50 overs)
v  Canada
123 (42.1 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 175 runs
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur

1 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Kenya 
142 (43.4 overs)
v  Sri Lanka
146/1 (18.4 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

3 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
184 (43 overs)
v  Canada
138 (42.5 overs)
Pakistan won by 46 runs
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

4 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
162 (46.2 overs)
v  New Zealand
166/0 (33.3 overs)
New Zealand won by 10 wickets
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

5 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
146/3 (32.5 overs)
v  Australia Match abandoned
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

7 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Kenya 
198 (50 overs)
v  Canada
199/5 (45.3 overs)
Canada won by 5 wickets
Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi

8 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
302/7 (50 overs)
v  Pakistan
192 (41.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 110 runs
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

10 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
327/6 (50 overs)
v  Zimbabwe
188 (39 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 139 runs
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

13 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
358/6 (50 overs)
v  Canada
261/9 (50 overs)
New Zealand won by 97 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

13 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
324/6 (50 overs)
v  Kenya
264/6 (50 overs)
Australia won by 60 runs
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

14 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
164/3 (34.1/38 overs)
v  Zimbabwe
151/7 (39.4/39.4 overs)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

16 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Canada 
211 (45.4 overs)
v  Australia
212/3 (34.5 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

18 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
265/9 (50 overs)
v  New Zealand
153 (35 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 112 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

19 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
176 (46.4 overs)
v  Pakistan
178/6 (41 overs)
Pakistan won by 4 wickets
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

20 March 2011
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
306/6 (50 overs)
v  Kenya
147 (36 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 161 runs
Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Group B

Team Pld W L T NR NRR Pts
 South Africa 6 5 1 0 0 +2.026 10
 India 6 4 1 1 0 +0.900 9
 England 6 3 2 1 0 +0.072 7
 West Indies 6 3 3 0 0 +1.066 6
 Bangladesh 6 3 3 0 0 –1.361 6
 Ireland 6 2 4 0 0 –0.696 4
 Netherlands 6 0 6 0 0 –2.045 0
19 February 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
370/4 (50 overs)
v  Bangladesh
283/9 (50 overs)
India won by 87 runs
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

22 February 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Netherlands 
292/6 (50 overs)
v  England
296/4 (48.4 overs)
England won by 6 wickets
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur

24 February 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
West Indies 
222 (47.3 overs)
v  South Africa
223/3 (42.5 overs)
South Africa won by 7 wickets
Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi

25 February 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
205 (49.2 overs)
v  Ireland
178 (45 overs)
Bangladesh won by 27 runs
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

27 February 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
338 (49.5 overs)
v  England
338/8 (50 overs)
Match tied
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

28 February 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
West Indies 
330/8 (50 overs)
v  Netherlands
115 (31.3 overs)
West Indies won by 215 runs
Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi

2 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
England 
327/8 (50 overs)
v  Ireland
329/7 (49.1 overs)
Ireland won by 3 wickets
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

3 March 2011
Scorecard
South Africa 
351/5 (50 overs)
v  Netherlands
120 (34.5 overs)
South Africa won by 231 runs
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Punjab

4 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
58 (18.5 overs)
v  West Indies
59/1 (12.2 overs)
West Indies won by 9 wickets
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

6 March 2011
Scorecard
England 
171 (45.4 overs)
v  South Africa
165 (47.4 overs)
England won by 6 runs
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

6 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Ireland 
207 (47.5 overs)
v  India
210/5 (46.0 overs)
India won by 5 wickets
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

9 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Netherlands 
189 (46.4 overs)
v  India
191/5 (36.3 overs)
India won by 5 wickets
Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi

11 March 2011
Scorecard
West Indies 
275 (50 overs)
v  Ireland
231 (49 overs)
West Indies won by 44 runs
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Punjab

11 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
England 
225 (49.4 overs)
v  Bangladesh
227/8 (49 overs)
Bangladesh won by 2 wickets
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

12 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
296 (48.4 overs)
v  South Africa
300/7 (49.4 overs)
South Africa won by 3 wickets
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur

14 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Netherlands 
160 (46.2 overs)
v  Bangladesh
166/4 (40.2 overs)
Bangladesh won by 6 wickets
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

15 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
South Africa 
272/7 (50 overs)
v  Ireland
141 (33.2 overs)
South Africa won by 131 runs
Eden Gardens, Kolkata

17 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
England 
243 (48.4 overs)
v  West Indies
225 (44.4 overs)
England won by 18 runs
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

18 March 2011
Scorecard
Netherlands 
306 (50 overs)
v  Ireland
307/4 (47.4 overs)
Ireland won by 6 wickets
Eden Gardens, Kolkata

19 March 2011
Scorecard
South Africa 
284/8 (50 overs)
v  Bangladesh
78 (28 overs)
South Africa won by 206 runs
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

20 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
268 (49.1 overs)
v  West Indies
188 (43 overs)
India won by 80 runs
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
23 March – Dhaka, Bangladesh        
  West Indies  112
30 March – Mohali, India
  Pakistan  113/0  
  Pakistan  231
24 March – Ahmedabad, India
      India  260/9  
  Australia  260/6
2 April – Mumbai, India
  India  261/5  
  India  277/4
25 March – Dhaka, Bangladesh    
    Sri Lanka  274/6
  New Zealand  221/8
29 March – Colombo, Sri Lanka
  South Africa   172  
  New Zealand  217
26 March – Colombo, Sri Lanka
      Sri Lanka  220/5  
  England  229/6
  Sri Lanka  231/0  
 

Quarter-finals

23 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
West Indies 
112 (43.3 overs)
v  Pakistan
113/0 (20.5 overs)
Pakistan won by 10 wickets
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

24 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
260/6 (50 overs)
v  India
261/5 (47.4 overs)
India won by 5 wickets
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

25 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
221/8 (50 overs)
v  South Africa
172 (43.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 49 runs
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

26 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
England 
229/6 (50 overs)
v  Sri Lanka
231/0 (39.3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Semi-finals

29 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
217 (48.5 overs)
v  Sri Lanka
220/5 (47.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

30 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
260/9 (50 overs)
v  Pakistan
231(49.5 overs)
India won by 29 runs
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Punjab

Final

2 April 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
274/6 (50 overs)
v  India
277/4 (48.2 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Statistics

The top five (including ties) run-scorers and wicket-takers are shown below:

Leading run scorers

Runs Player Team Matches
500 Tillakaratne Dilshan  Sri Lanka 9
482 Sachin Tendulkar  India 9
465 Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka 9
422 Jonathan Trott  England 7
395 Upul Tharanga  Sri Lanka 8
Leading wicket takers

Wickets Player Team Matches
21 Shahid Afridi  Pakistan 8
21 Zaheer Khan  India 9
18 Tim Southee  New Zealand 8
15 Robin Peterson  South Africa 7
15 Yuvraj Singh  India 9

Incidents

  • The West Indies’ team bus had rocks thrown at it by Bangladeshi fans on its way back to the team hotel after their win over Bangladesh in Dhaka on March 4. It was later claimed that the rock-throwers had confused the Windies’ bus with the Bangladesh bus.[43]Bangladesh’s elite Rapid Action Battalion arrested 38 people after the attack.[44]
  • On 8 March, fans who lined up outside the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur to buy tickets of the match between India and South Africa were caned by the local police.
  • The political party Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt the match if Pakistan had reached the final in Mumbai.
  • The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) came under scrutiny when Indian skipper MS Dhoni complained  about inconsistencies about the 2.5m rule in the LBW dismissal appeal for Ian Bell’s wicket during the India-England match in the group stage which eventually ended in a tie. The rules were subsequently revised and the umpires were given new guidelines.Subsequently, Sri Lanka captain, Kumar Sangakkara criticized the decision to alter 2.5m rule during an ongoing tournament.
  • In the final between India and Sri Lanka, there was a mix up at the toss. Due to the loud crowd noise, match referee Jeff Crowe couldn’t hear the Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara’s call as the coin was tossed by the Indian captain MS Dhoni and as a result the toss had to be redone – a virtually unheard of event, especially on a stage as big as the World Cup Final. The next time, the call was heads and Sangakkara won the toss and decided to bat first.

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