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 was achieved. I’d have been happy to see the trophy shared. Might it not have set quite a good precedent? Might it not have shown that, however hard sides play, it’s not all about winning and losing?
Samiuddin: Not that much, though I guess that rain had such an effect on some sides – good or bad – is probably one thing. The controversies around the final, to a degree, but, personally, the drama of such a great game, a great game as the final of the game’s showpiece event, overshadows those.
Farrell: Not seeing as many teams as we did in the last World Cup. Also, the outrageous amount of plastic and needless waste at venues. We need to be better.
Krishnaswamy: Ireland, Zimbabwe, Scotland and Netherlands were playing extremely competitive ODI cricket in the lead-up to the World Cup and during the tournament too. At least two of them should have been at the World Cup.
Miller: The lack of free-to-air coverage. It’s old-hat, I know, and we’ve dealt with it in our very English manner for the past 15 years. But the incredulity of my colleagues from overseas brought it home to me, just how isolated and irrelevant English cricket has allowed itself to become in the past generation. The euphoria around the final confirmed that the latent fans are still out there somewhere.
Isam: Forget free-to-air for a minute. The real culprit for a World Cup was the organisers’ lack of effort to make more people aware about the event in the host cities. A few posters with a trophy and a sponsor’s name at the bottom hardly suggested that a World Cup was happening in the neighbourhood.
Ugra: West Indies’ tailspin in the event after a Sheldon Cottrell-like statement of arrival with beating Pakistan.
Gardner: Afghanistan were much poorer than I thought they would be. And the wet weather in the second week was untimely.