The ICC World Cup has completed its fourth week. This was definitely the most exciting week of the World Cup thus far. There were many upsets and several close games. So here are the top three things that we learned from the fourth week of the World Cup:
1) England Struggle
England’s World Cup campaign has taken a shocking turn over the past week. First, they lost to Sri Lanka in a close contest. Then, they were hammered by Australia. All this has meant that their path to the semi finals looks a lot more tough now. Their next two matches are against India and New Zealand and they need to win at least one to have a chance.
2) Brilliant Brathwaite
Carlos Brathwaite played a superb knock for the West Indies against New Zealand. He took the Windies within one hit of a win despite having little support from the other end. Although he completed his century, he was unable to take them across the line. Nevertheless, his innings will be remembered for a long time.
3) Unlucky Afghans
Afghanistan played superbly well against India. Their bowlers restricted India to under 230 on a decent pitch. Plus, they almost chased it down. Led by Nabi, their batting clicked for once, and they were very close to causing an upset. Ultimately, they lost because of Shami’s hat-trick. But they should be proud of their effort.
To sum up, the tournament has been lit up by the last week. The sheer number of close games has generated new interest in the tournament. Let us hope for many more close games in the next week!