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What’s in a format? Plenty

DNMUM436789 | 5/25/2019 | Author : G Krishnan | WC :1493

Pattern of World Cup has evolved over the years, and it has played a significant factor, writes G Krishnan
ICC Cricket World Cup England & Wales 2019 05 days to go
What’s in a format? The team that plays best on a given day and is able to do that consistently over the duration of the World Cup will lift the coveted trophy from the Lord’s Cricket Ground balcony on July 14. Sounds straightforward, isn’t it?
Not quite.
There is more to it than just turning up on the match day, going through the pre-match routines, heading for the toss and getting the game under way.
The format of the World Cup does have a say in the teams going the full distance. Case in point is South Africa who, despite playing consistently well in their inaugural World Cup in 1992 within months of being reinstated into the sporting world after Apartheid, were eliminated by a senseless ‘rain rule’.
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