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by Sandeep Shivam Sunday 29 March 2015
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc was named the player of the tournament in the World Cup 2015 as he guided his team to a seven-wicket win in the finals defeating New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Starc seemed to run out of words to explain his emotions after being awarded the man-of-the-tournament.
The left-arm seamer, who troubled batsmen both with the new ball and in the death overs, ended the World Cup with an impressive tally of 22 wickets.“Don't know what words to use.“It has been amazing tournament and some outstanding performance to cap it off.“New Zealand have been a great team throughout the tournament setting the benchmark but we came home today.”
Starc, who has had an outstanding summer in ODIs snaring 42 wickets from 13 matches, attributed his new-found success to former Australian pacer Craig McDermott.
When asked about his massive first-over dismissal of New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, Starc revealed that it was a part of the game-plan.
“I've worked really hard at it for a number of months with Craig McDermott in the background.
“It's a little plan (referring to McCullum dismissal) that Craig and I had a couple of days ago, but there was a luck involved.
“The support from the Australian public and the fans here was fantastic.
“I am just going to enjoy this one for tonight.”
Meanwhile Australia’s fifth World Cup win was masterminded by all-rounder James Faulkner who was awarded the man-of-the-match in the finals for his spell during New Zealand’s batting powerplay which changed the course of the match.
New Zealand who were forcing their way back into the game at 150 for 3 after 35 overs, subsequently lost seven wickets for 33 runs to be bowled out for 183 with Faulkner ending with 3 for 36 from his nine overs.
The feisty all-rounder, who had missed the initial part of the tournament with an injury, seemed visibly excited on his team’s World Cup win.
“It's an amazing feeling, to play in front of 93000 and win a World Cup in amazing.
“I am trying to chip in and perform my role in the team. What a performance today.
“It's been an amazing couple of wonderful years in the Australian ODI outfit and we got our A team today.”
Reflecting on his role of being one of Australia’s powerplay bowlers, Faulkner stated that it was a challenge which he relished despite the risks involved in it.
Faulkner also thanked the physio and medical staff for their work behind the scenes which ensured his speedy recovery for the showpiece event.
“I like bowling in the powerplays and today it worked out for us, but it can tough sometimes.
“The physio has looked after me and it's great to be here.”© Cricket World 2015