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, because if the ICC don’t pick their own best umpire for their showpiece game then it doesn’t put their award in a great light. So they did and… well.
Isam: The overthrows off Stokes’ bat, which, firstly, should have made the ball dead (had the ICC been serious about such intricate details), and the resultant six runs which should have actually been five runs, had the umpires, already equipped with so much technology, observed things better.
Gollapudi: Chris Gayle raising his bat while walking out, even as West Indies were being knocked out of the World Cup.
Gardner: South Africa’s entire campaign, but in particular how many self-owns they managed in the must-win game against New Zealand at Edgbaston.
Ugra: Shai Hope missing a stumping off Dhoni. And Boult, Boult!, stepping on the boundary rope in the final. When Boult loses his bearings, it is a sign that that the match is going to go England’s way. No matter how, the World Cup was England’s from that moment on.
Farrell: When Gulbadin Naib brought himself on to bowl at the death against Pakistan.
Muthu: Once bad boy Kohli turning goody-goody and walking when he wasn’t even out. They should make that dismissal into an emoji.
Krishnaswamy: Shimron Hetmyer and Chris Gayle going for risky hits, ignoring the available singles in the must-win game against New Zealand, leading to a collapse. We’ll remember what Carlos Brathwaite did next, but the bigger takeaway for West Indies will be how their heavily T20-influenced approach failed them in two winnable games: this one and the chase against Australia.
Miller: It’s not so much a facepalm as a jaw-drop. Of all the “uncontrollables” that turned the final England’s way, Trent Boult’s rope-tread was the clincher. After the poise he showed to end Brathwaite’s rampage at Old Trafford, it was an error that will haunt him for evermore.
Dobell: It actually happened a bit before the start of the tournament. I was having a coffee with Moeen Ali. An Australian guy came over and said, “Ah, look, I’m an Australian but I just want to say I really admire you and the way you bat all day. How about a selfie?” I caught Moeen’s eye at this point. He looked bemused. “I bowl all day sometimes,” he said. “Batting… hmm, not so much.” Anyway, it became pretty apparent the Australian fella thought Moeen was Hashim Amla. He probably has that selfie of him and “Hashim” on Facebook now.