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5 Fascinating Facts About the ICC ODI World Cup You Might Not Know – Must Read For Every Fan!

With the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on the horizon, here are five fascinating facts about the tournament that are hard to believe.

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ICC ODI World Cup: With the highly-anticipated ICC ODI World Cup 2023 just around the corner, the buzz for the start is growing day by day. The tournament is being hosted in India and will witness the cricketing giants of the world battling with each other for the iconic trophy. However, there are certain facts about the tournament which even the true fans are not aware of.

5 Interesting facts about the ICC ODI World Cup

1. During the 2011 World Cup final, the coin toss had to be repeated. In the first attempt, match referee Jeff Crowe couldn’t hear Kumar Sangakkara’s call. The coin initially landed as heads, and Sangakkara believed he had called correctly to choose to bat first. However, MS Dhoni claimed he heard Sangakkara call ‘tails.’ Consequently, Crowe decided to redo the coin toss.

2. Only Clive Lloyd of West Indies and Ricky Ponting of Australia have managed to secure the trophy twice as captains. Lloyd achieved this feat in 1975 and 1979, while the legendary Australian batsman achieved it in 2003 and 2007.

3. The 2015 World Cup stood out with two separate opening ceremonies, distinguishing it from previous seasons. These ceremonies occurred at North Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Melbourne, Australia.

4. Sri Lankan cricketer Nuwan Kulasekara achieved the unique feat of bowling the final ball of the 2011 World Cup and then opening the 2015 World Cup by delivering its first ball!

5. During the 1999 World Cup match between South Africa and India, Hansie Cronje and Allan Donald were found using earphones to communicate with their coach. Sourav Ganguly, upon noticing this, raised the issue with the umpires, who subsequently intervened and had the earphones withdrawn, putting an end to the unfair practice.

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