WORLD CUP FINAL

  • Brendon McCullum joins Birmingham Bears T20 Blast squad March 31, 2015

    London: Birmingham Bears have pulled off a major coup by signing New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum to help retain their NatWest T20 Blast title. McCullum, whose runs as opening batsman helped the Black Caps reach the Cricket World Cup Final, has agreed to a seven-match deal with the Bears. The 33-year-old, recognised...
  • Steven Smith burnishes captaincy credentials with final flourish March 29, 2015

    Steve Smith's pull to the Melbourne Cricket Ground fence to bring up the winning runs for Australia on Sunday was a fitting ending for a player who was instrumental in his team's campaign for a fifth World Cup triumph. Smith, heir apparent to captain Michael Clarke, shared a poignant 112-run stand...
  • World Cup 2015: Australia thrash New Zealand to become champions March 29, 2015

    Clarke hit 74 in his last ODI to lead Australia to their fifth World Cup title with a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in a disappointing final on Sunday. ...
  • Brendon McCullum proud of New Zealand despite losing World Cup final March 29, 2015

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he had no regrets after his team were beaten by Australia in the World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Despite being bowled for a duck in the first over of the day then seeing his team beaten by seven wickets, a...
  • Twitter goes gaga over Australia's fifth World Cup triumph March 29, 2015

    Michael Clarke bid adieu to one-day internationals with a sublime half century and another World Cup title, leading Australia to a seven-wicket victory over first-time finalist New Zealand on Sunday in front of a crowd of 93,013 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Clarke (74) and Steve Smith (56 not out), the...
  • Fairytale farewell for Michael Clarke as Australia win their fifth World Cup crown March 29, 2015

    Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner pulled a rabbit out of the hat in the final as they reserved the best for the most important match of the tournament by returning with figures of 3 for 30 and 3 for 36 to restrict New Zealand to a score of 183. The best chance...
  • N Srinivasan to give away World Cup trophy, Kamal sidelined: reports March 29, 2015

    International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N Srinivasan may breach the global body's constitution on Sunday as reports suggest that he has decided to give away the World Cup trophy to the winning captain. According to the rules of ICC, the president Mustafa Kamal should do the honours, but unhappy with the...
  • Australia or New Zealand - Who will win World Cup final? March 29, 2015

    CNN-IBN panel of experts discusses the World Cup final match between Australia and New Zealand at the MCG. ...
  • World Cup Final: Aussie fans take on Kiwi fans ahead of final March 29, 2015

    Australia and New Zealand fans were seen supporting their respective teams ahead of the big World Cup final at Melbourne Cricket Ground. ...
  • World Cup Final: Batman, Superman show their support to Australia March 29, 2015

    CricketNext deputy editor caught up with fans who were dressed as Batman and Superman and were at MCG showing their support to Australia. ...
  • Exclusive: Fans pour in at the MCG for World Cup final March 29, 2015

    A huge number of fans started pouring into the Melbourne Cricket Ground hours ahead of the summit clash as Australia take on New Zealand for the World Cup trophy on Sunday. On Sunday morning, fans started pouring in at huge number at the MCG arena to show their support to...
  • As it happened: Australia vs New Zealand, ICC World Cup 2015 Final March 29, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) After two of months of grueling cricket, we have got our two finalists; Australia and New Zealand as they battle it out for the coveted trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia have had a brilliant tournament so far with all their...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Time for the world to get a new champion March 28, 2015

    (Legendary New Zealand allrounder Chris Harris, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) Being a Kiwi, it's a fantastic thing for New Zealand to reach the final. I sort...
  • World Cup: Australia lead the table by a huge margin, but New Zealand no pushover March 28, 2015

    As the clash of the titans is starting to buzz in Melbourne where the trans-Tasman rivals face off in the World Cup final, CricketNext team takes a trip down memory lane to re-ignite the grueling rivalry between Australia and New Zealand by looking at how both the teams fared while...
  • Yes, New Zealand can win the World Cup March 28, 2015

    Can New Zealand win on Sunday, and will they? They seem to be the only two questions anyone is asking right now, from the tip of the North Island to the foot of the South Island. Yes, Brendon McCullum's men can win, but as to whether they will, that is...
  • McCullum's letter to Indian fans: Come and support us in World Cup final March 28, 2015

    Earlier this week, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum had written a letter to bosses across New Zealand, asking them to let employees have an off day so that they could support the Black Caps during their World Cup semifinal against South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland. New Zealand eventually won...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Disappointed Indian fan sells tickets ahead of final March 27, 2015

    CricketNext deputy editor caught up with and an Indian fan who has sold his ticket because India failed to reach the finals but on the other hand there was another fan who is looking forward to the game. ...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Deserving teams have reached the final, says Aussie fan March 27, 2015

    CricketNext deputy editor caught up with an Aussie fan outside the MCG, who feels that MCG effect might come to play and NZ can have a problem in the finals. ...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Deserted MCG box office ahead of Australia, New Zealand final March 27, 2015

    Melbourne Cricket Ground had a deserted look two days ahead of the most important game of this World Cup. ...
  • Watch: Table Tennis world champion's celebration costs him $45K October 28, 2014

    Beijing: China's world and Olympic table tennis champion Zhang Jike may face further action after being stripped of USD 45,000 in prize money for damaging advertising hoardings during over enthusiastic victory celebrations at a tournament in Germany. Reigning singles world champion Jike kicked an advertising hoarding next to the court, breaking...
  • India draw a blank at Archery World Cup Final September 6, 2014

    Kolkata: Lone Indian hope Rajat Chauhan lost to Pierre Julien Deloche of France by one point (145146) to make a quarterfinal exit in the Archery World Cup Final in Lausanne on Saturday. According to information received here, Chauhan, who was the first Indian compound archer to have qualified for the showpiece...
  • Confident Germany had printed World Cup stamps before final July 14, 2014

    Berlin: Germany will this week issue a World Cup victory postage stamp, five million of which were printed before the final was even held, officials said Monday. "This year I dared to hope very early on that our team would take the title," said Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. "It's wonderful that...
  • 'Did it get Messi? It wasn't even Klose!' The best photos, memes, and tweets after Germany lifted the World Cup trophy July 14, 2014

    A billion football fans had their eyes glued to the screens before the World Cup final. The fans were divided between Germany and The Netherlands in the biggest football event after 4 long years. What time zone you were in hardly mattered when it came to the finale. There were...
  • World Cup 2014: Four reasons why Argentina can upset Germany July 13, 2014

    The 2014 World Cup final on Sunday sees the South America giants Argentina take on European powerhouse Germany. Argentina beat Netherlands 42 on penalties in the second semifinal a day after hosts Brazil were humiliated 71 by the Germans. For the first time in 24 years, Argentina find themselves among the...
  • World Cup 2014 Final: Indian fans rooting for Germany July 13, 2014

    While Germany and Argentina battle it out to win football's most coveted Cup in Brazil, fans in India are not lagging behind to show support for their favourite team. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Back in final, Germany bolstered by national pride July 13, 2014

    Berlin: Germany have come a long way since the national team last appeared in a World Cup final 12 years ago and so has the team's image at home. In 2002, an efficient but limited Germany joylessly ground its way through a weak draw to muted celebrations, before losing to...
  • World Cup 2014: How the prize money is paid to players, teams July 13, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The most valuable and expensive World Cup ever will earn billions of dollars for FIFA, millions for the competing countries and thousands for the more than 700 players selected. From its near $4.5 billion in revenue from broadcasters, sponsors, hospitality and licensing deals, FIFA distributes just over $400...