Why Should You Catch The Cricket World Cup? Here’s Why!
We don’t like cricket, oh, no – WE LOVE IT! Yes, nothing says summer quite like a sunny day spent watching wickets fall – and the ultimate event in the sport is the ICC Cricket World Cup. It’s currently in full swing across the Irish Sea, and there’s loads more action in store before the final on July 14th, with every game live on Sky Sports Cricket (Virgin TV 402).
If you’ve already got full-on FOMO, then you can ensure you catch the lot with a Sky Sports subscription; click here for more. And if you’re still not sure if The Gentleman’s Game is for you, then read on – we’ve got an answer for everything…
ISN’T CRICKET BORING?
If you’re picturing the old days of the village green, white knitted jumpers and polite applause from the crowd – well, things have changed! Games are now a rightly rock’n’roll affair, with state-of-the-art stadiums hosting tens of thousands of passionate fans; the atmosphere is unfailingly electric, and will only heat up as the tournament reaches the business end. Oh, and the kits are colourful now – for what it’s worth…
BUT THE GAME ITSELF IS STILL SLOW, RIGHT?
Again, things have changed quite a bit over the years – not least in the past 15 years or so, with the advent of the T20 form of the game. Where once sides were content to trudge along with cautious shots and low scores, the story’s a little different these days, with extravagant play and outrageous efforts now par for the course. It might still be an all-day event, but there’s no shortage of fireworks along the way!
WILL I HAVE TROUBLE FOLLOWING THE PLAY?
While the sport has a reputation for being complicated, it’s actually not all that difficult – and watching even one game will allow you to become a bit of an expert. How? Because with time between every ball bowled, there’s time for the commentators to explain anything unusual, and even a chance to grab your phone and look up something that has you stumped. Throw in the fancy technology of Hawkeye and Snicko, and we promise you won’t miss a trick!
WHO AM I MEANT TO SUPPORT?
Well, this one’s obviously up to you – but we can single out some very strong options! There’s Irish interest from an unlikely source: the hosts, England, who are captained by Dublin’s own Eoin Morgan. Afghanistan are the romantic choice; made up largely of men who learned the game after fleeing to escape the war, their mere presence is worthy of celebration. And for sheer entertainment, the hits and giggles of the Pakistan team wlll take some beating!
OK, THE BIG QUESTION – WHO’S GOING TO WIN?
Well, that’s putting us on the spot! The home side are still well fancied – despite an early defeat to Pakistan – while a classy Indian side made a major statement in toppling Australia in the first true heavyweight clash of the tournament. New Zealand’s favourable fixture list saw them land a spot at the top of the table early on, while the likes of Sri Lanka and West Indies have shown just enough firepower to remain intriguing prospects? So our answer? It’s impossible to tell; you’ll have to watch to find out!
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