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Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the Year

England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes who ended New Zealand’s dream has been nominated for New Zealander of the Year. Yes, you read that right. The official shortlist is yet to be made but the 28-year old allrounder is an early contender among the public nominations with New Zealander of the Year Awards chief judge […]

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Don’t think it’s fair to have a result like that – Morgan on World Cup final

Don’t think it’s fair to have a result like that – Morgan on World Cup final Nearly a week after leading his side to their maiden World Cup title, England captain Eoin Morgan felt the result was not fair when there was so little to separate England and New Zealand in the final at Lord’s. […]

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What was the biggest facepalm moment

What was the biggest facepalm moment? Samiuddin: Easy – the appointment of Kumar Dharmasena for the final after his semi-final performance. And that blunder actually happened earlier in the year, when they awarded him Umpire of the Year, which meant that, as long as Sri Lanka weren’t in the final, Dharmasena would likely be standing, […]

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What was the biggest disappointment

What was the biggest disappointment? Muthu: Laws. Yeah, don’t make me talk about this. I’ll use bad words. Dobell: The finish. It feels untidy. It doesn’t feel fair to New Zealand, who were simply unlucky, or England, who deserve unstinting praise but may now not receive it because of the manner in which their victory […]

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Who was the breakout star

Who was the breakout star? Gollapudi: Archer, but also Rishabh Pant. Gardner: You can’t get away from Jofra Archer. Literally – he will hunt you down, bounce you at 90mph and then bamboozle you with a knuckleball. The kid is fi-yah. Muthu: Alex Carey. Never seen a kid be so good off both front and […]

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Who was the player of the tournament for you

Who was the player of the tournament for you? Farrell: Look, I’m happy that Kane Williamson got the official nod, and he’s a worthy winner. I think it’s a toss-up between him and Shakib Al Hasan, who was brilliant as ever. Who hit the most boundaries? Fernando: Shakib Al Hasan, whose runs and wickets in […]

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What was your favourite individual performance

What was your favourite individual performance? Dobell: Probably Chris Woakes’ against Australia at Edgbaston. I’ve known Chris quite a long time. Maybe there’s a more unassuming, humble international sportsperson, but I’ve not met them. To come through the injury setbacks he has had and enjoy a day like that on his home ground in a […]

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What was the most gripping phase of play

What was the most gripping phase of play? Miller: Until Sunday, I’d have said the implosion of India’s top order in the Old Trafford semi-final. It was a Bo(u)lt through the Blue, as 2015’s beaten finalists confirmed unequivocally that they were the real deal. But come on. Every detail of that final climax, from the […]

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What was the biggest wow moment

What was the biggest wow moment? Dobell: Did you see the final? Miller: Well, apart from the bleeding obvious… there’s Mitchell Starc’s yorker to Ben Stokes at Lord’s. Not only was it utterly sensational, it left the hosts and favourites on the brink of elimination, and set the group stage ablaze. Fernando: James Neesham’s outrageous […]

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Which match did you most enjoy

Which match did you most enjoy? Samiuddin: West Indies-New Zealand, India-New Zealand, Pakistan-England for the atmosphere, but the final, by a stretch, wins it as game of the tournament for me. Farrell: Impossible to go past the final, although “enjoy” might not be the right word. It was an experience unlike any I’ve ever had […]