The cricket world cup 2019 is approaching faster than Australia winning South Africa in Melbourne 1932 (can you believe that the Aussies won the match in just 109.2 overs?). As cricket fans from all around the world are preparing for the long-awaited world cup, everyone and their grandma are claiming that they’re the truest fan of this sport.
So, how can you prove that you’re the Wikipedia of Cricket?
By taking our Cricket World Cup Quiz, of course!
Nail a 10-out-of-10 score on this World Cup quiz, and you’ll get the crown of the cricket all-knower. What else is there to ask for in this world, right?
Before taking the quiz, though, how about going over the very definition of cricket first?
What Is Cricket, Anyway?
Since you’re here, you (probably) know what cricket is. Nevertheless, let me go over a small roundup with you to refresh your memory.
Cricket is a team game that was invented in England but has since grown to become an internationally-loved sport, especially in India.
A typical cricket match involves two rivaling teams, each having eleven players. The game starts with a coin toss, upon which the winning captain chooses whether his side bats or bowls first. The team that bats first needs to score as many runs as possible to make it hard for the other side to reach their score.
Each team has three types of players:
Batsmen: The batsman is the player that scores runs with the balls shot by the bowler.
Bowler: The bowler is – obviously – the one who bowls to try and get the batsmen out of the field.
Fiedler: The fielder players ate the ones who assist the bowler and prevent the batsmen from scoring runs.
Although cricket is played in many formats, the most popular ones are One Day and Test cricket. The One Day format includes giving each team 300 balls to score as many runs as they can. Once they’re done, the other team tries to score more runs with the same number of shots. A Test match, on the other hand, lasts for 5 days, with each time batting twice if the time allows for it. Easy peasy, huh?
Why Do People Love Cricket?
Cricket has loads of raving fans from all across the globe, and each of them loves this sport for a variety of reasons. Here are the top ten reasons to love Cricket:
- This is (almost) the only sport that resembles real life, as you have time to think, plan, execute, fail, and try again if the plan fails.
- Cricket reflects optimism, as even if your team has lost ten or eleven matches in a row, the tides may still turn if every player gives their best.
- This sport includes all kinds of physical and mental exercises you can imagine. From sprinting and running to concentration and hand-eye coordination; it’s really all there!
- Cricket is a sport where staying at the very top for long is hard, impossible even, which encourages competitiveness and hard work.
- This game is all about persistence and consistency, as that’s the only way to become better at playing cricket.
- Cricket is a people’s game. Anyone can play cricket anywhere they want. Although the rules say that you need 22 players to play a match, it can actually be played by even a bunch of kids on the street.
- The cricket world cup is an excellent event to unite hearts and nations as people gather together, forgetting all their differences, to support their favorite teams!
- Sachin Tendulkar, India’s biggest sporting icon of all time, is a cricket player. That in and of itself is enough to fall in love instantly with this sport.
- Cricket is the only game that allows players to take some time off to rest. It’s also one of the only sports that can be paused because of rain because, who loves playing when it’s raining, anyway?
- And most importantly, more than one billion people in India love cricket, and they can’t all be wrong!
Those reasons barely touch the surface, of course. There are a plethora of others that make cricket such a popular game, especially among Indians.
Now, for the Long-Awaited Cricket World Cup Quiz!
So, now, let’s find out whether you know your Sachin from your Sehwag, your Jayasuriya from your Jayawardene, and your Warne from your Warner through the Cricket World Cup Quiz.
Which country hosted the 1999 Cricket World Cup?
- Australia and New Zealand
Which team did India beat to win World Cup 1983?
- West Indies
Who won the Cricket World Cup 2015?
- West Indies
Which side achieved the three highest individual scores during World Cup 1999?
- West Indies
Who scored the highest number of centuries in the history of Cricket World Cup?
- Kumar Sangakkara
- Ricky Ponting
- Viv Richards
- Sachin Tendulkar
In the 1975 Cricket World Cup, which was the first edition of the tournament, who was involved in taking the second-greatest number of wickets for West Indies?
- Clive Lloyd
- Viv Richards
- Keith Boyce
- Bernard Julien
In Bengaluru in 2011, India and England had one of the rarest World Cup tied games in history, which had 676 runs. Who was the bowler who achieved the single five-wicket haul in that game?
- Munaf Patel
- James Anderson
- Zaheer Khan
- Tim Bresnan
With Whom Did Kapil Dev (yes, the one who took India from 17/5 to 266/8 in Tunbridge Wells against Zimbabwe) have the best partnership of the Indian innings?
- Roger Binny
- Madan Lal
- Syed Kirmani
- Ravi Shastri
How many times has India beaten Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup?
- 1 time
- 4 times
- 6 times
- 10 times
In his biography, Mark Waugh says, “How the bloody hell did we win that?” about a certain World Cup match. Which game was he referencing?
- 1996 Australia vs. Kenya
- 1999 World Cup trophy
- 1999 SF vs. South Africa
- 1996 SF vs. West Indies