World Cup (cricket): 1999

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Venue: The United Kingdom (mainly England but also Ireland and Scotland) and the Netherlands.

Participating teams: twelve (as below).

Full Members: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the West Indies, Zimbabwe

Associate Members: Bangladesh, Kenya, Scotland

Winners: Australia, who defeated Pakistan in the final.

India vs Pakistan

IANS | Feb 12, 2015 India vs Pakistan: World Cup history <>The Times of India Feb 14 2015 A FABLED RIVALRY

JUNE 9,1999

(Super Sixes)

Old Trafford, Manchester.

India (227/6) Pakistan (180 all out), India won by 47 runs

Man Of The Match: Venkatesh Prasad (5/ 27)

Pakistan were done in by the Bangalorean quartet of Rahul Dravid, Venkatesh Prasad (527), Javagal Srinath (337) and Anil Kumble (243).

India batted first for the third consecutive Cup game and posted a respectable total of 227 for six wickets. Their total was driven by useful knocks from Tendulkar (45), Rahul Dravid (61) and skipper Mohammed Azharuddin (59).

Pakistan's hopes evaporated soon as Srinath got the early breakthroughs and then Prasad swung the game India's way with a five-wicket haul.Pakistan's batting once again let them down, getting dismissed for 180 in 45.3 overs. They crumbled to the pace duo of Venkatesh Prasad (5/27) and Javagal Srinath (3/37).

Venkatesh Prasad ripped through the Pak batting line-up.Venkatesh Prasad ripped through the Pak batting line-up.

Defending India's 227/6, Venkatesh Prasad took the center stage and got the important wickets of Salim Malik, Saeed Anwar, Moin Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq, and finally captain Wasim Akram to win the match for India.

Brief scores:

India 227/6 (S Tendulkar 45, R Dravid 61, M Azharuddin 59; W Akram 2/27, A Mahmood 2/35)

Pakistan 180 (S Anwar 36, I Haq 41, M Khan 34; V Prasad 5/27, J Srinath 3/37, A Kumble 2/43).

Fascinating facts about World Cups

Author: MS Ramakrishnan, Bangalore, Thu, Jan 22 2015 CricBuzz 1 <>CricBuzz 2 <>CricBuzz 3 <>CricBuzz 4 <>CricBuzz 5

1999: A very very emotional hundred Sachin Tendulkar returned from his father's funeral in India the day before and hit a splendid 100 against Kenya at Bristol in the 1999 World Cup. He was given a standing ovation when he made his entry into the ground. He went on to record an unbeaten 237-run stand with Rahul Dravid, then the highest partnership for the third wicket in ODIs.

1999: Umpires ask Cronje to remove ear piece used for communicating with coach During South Africa's 1999 World Cup opener against India, captain Hansie Cronje and Allan Donald wore ear pieces to get instructions from their coach Bob Woolmer. India's Sourav Ganguly noticed Cronje talking to himself and referred the case to the on-field umpires, who then asked both Cronje and Donald to remove the equipment after consulting with the match referee. However, the act was not considered to be against the laws of the game.


A prayer for our players

May 24, 1999/ India Today

Two former BJP MLAs from Bhopal, Ramesh Sharma and Shailendra Pradhan, performed a yagna for India's World Cup cricket team.

Steve Waugh on Australia vs. Pakistan (finals)

We peaked at the right time: In the last seven games

The victory was the start of a period that is held as a gold standard for excellence in the modern game. It ensured Australia's dominance in all formats for years to come

Steve Waugh

For the full story please see India Today |February 5, 2015

Steve Waugh captained Australia to World Cup victory in 1999. He was also part of the Allan Border-led Australian team that won the title in 1987.

Australia were not clear favourites for the World Cup in 1999. We won against Scotland but were rather poor in that game. Immediately after that we lost two games, against New Zealand and Pakistan. Our batting was not yet in rhythm and our bowling, too, looked below par. Clearly we were too focused on the end result instead of taking it one game at a time. We were simply too motivated to win, and were not taking it ball by ball.

[However,] we had not lost a single one of our last six games (the tie was not a win, but it was enough to get us through) and we just needed to win one more game. On the other side of the tournament, Pakistan had cantered into the final with a great win against New Zealand. Wasim Akram's team hadn't done much wrong since they landed in England and they were a great combination of world-class batsmen such as Inzamam-ul-Haq, all-time great bowlers such as Wasim Akram and game changers such as Shoaib Akhtar and Saqlain Mushtaq.

But it was then that another cliché kicked in for us-we peaked at the right time. We were simply amazing in that match. Shane Warne, who was so incredible in the semi-final, carried that form into the final and was instrumental in getting a very good Pakistan side out for a modest total. And then Adam Gilchrist, who had had an uneventful tournament, knocked off the runs with a quickfire 50.

The Cup was ours and we did manage to not lose seven games in a row. That streak held out for another 12 years in World Cups, right till the match against Pakistan in 2011. It was a period of great cricket by Australia that ensured our dominance in all formats of the game.

Looking back, many small but crucial contributions have gone undocumented. My mate from the 1987 win, Tom Moody, Paul Reiffel and Damien Fleming were all great sounding boards for the team management. Tom's counsel during the difficult period towards the start of the tournament served me well not only during that tournament but in my subsequent years as captain. We had put in place curfew hours as well as restrictions on drinking and socialising. He told me that this was not necessary and that the players were all responsible enough to decide what works for them. He was a calming influence and gave positive advice even when we were not playing well.

What happens in the middle is always recorded and documented, but very often, it's decisions and events that happen off the field that impact the game.

See also

World Cup (cricket): history <>World Cup (cricket): 1975 <>World Cup (cricket): 1979 <>World Cup (cricket): 1983 <>World Cup (cricket): 1987 <>World Cup (cricket): 1992 <>World Cup (cricket): 1996 <>World Cup (cricket): 1999 <>World Cup (cricket): 2003 <>World Cup (cricket): 2007 <>World Cup (cricket): 2011 <>World Cup (cricket): 2015 <>World Cup (cricket): 2019 <>World Cup (cricket): 2023

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