Cricket is one sport that sees a World Cup a bit too often. There was one in 2014, another one is coming up this month, and one more will be played next year in 2016. They're of different formats of course, but all World Cups nonetheless.
But hey, we aren't complaining. You can never have too much of a good thing, right? So, since the 2015 Cricket World Cup is scheduled to begin on Feb. 14, it's perhaps time we single out matches that are absolutely must-see TV.
Mark down the following six dates on your calendar and don't make any plans for these days, because these six matches will have everything from historic rivalries to sublime talent and breathtaking plays.
New Zealand v Sri Lanka (Feb. 14, Hagley Oval, Christchurch)
New Zealand absolutely hammered Pakistan in their recent two-match ODI series, giving their strongest indication yet that they intend to be more than just the host nation. Sri Lanka are historically the more talented of the two sides, but combine the Kiwis' terrific form with Hagley Oval's short boundaries, and you've got a mouth-watering affair on your hands.
Australia v England (Feb. 14, MCG, Melbourne)
Theirs is the oldest and most storied rivalry in cricket. In recent times, the host nation has had the edge, but when enemies as old and fierce as these two meet, recent form and trends take a backseat. A capacity crowd of 100,000 plus is expected to watch these heavyweights trade blows at the MCG in Melbourne.
India v Pakistan (Feb. 15, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide)
While Australia and England's is a rivalry alright, the same cannot be said about what India and Pakistan bitterly share with each other. The word "rivalry" is too weak to describe their sporting relationship. Try enmity and hatred. And whenever they meet, the rancor often spills on the field of play – moreso at the World Cup. Adding fuel is the fact that Pakistan has never beaten India in a World Cup game.
When they meet at Adelaide Oval on Feb. 15, one would try and maintain that record while the other would be hoping to finally end this frustrating streak. With an expected audience of 1 billion people, this India-Pakistan clash could go down as the most watch sporting event of all-time. Don't even dare miss it.
India v South Africa (Feb. 22, MCG, Melbourne)
Due to their traditionally poor showings at World Cup, a lot of people shy away from backing South Africa at the biggest stage. After all, the Proteas do have a history of crumbling under the weight of expectations. But trends reverse all the time. Free from pressure but loaded with talent, this particular match could be where the Africans make a statement.
It won't be easy though, because India – despite its troubles – still has a batting line-up that can smash its way to victory. But whatever the outcome will be, one thing is certain, it will be one helluva match.
South Africa v West Indies (Feb. 27, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney)
Last month, these two combined for arguably the most entertaining Twenty20 match ever. Even though there is a vast difference in overall quality and West Indies have a pretty hit-or-miss game, when both these click at once, it makes for an amazing cricket match. Their encounter at the SCG should not be missed, because with these two, you never know when they'll drop a classic.
New Zealand v Australia (Feb. 28, Eden Park, Auckland)
The two host nations will meet at Eden Park in New Zealand on Feb. 28. This will be special because for the first time after god knows how many World Cups, Australia has a weak squad while New Zealand's look quite decent. With their home support firmly behind them, the Kiwis will be a good bet to upset the Aussies.
Check out the full 2015 World Cup schedule down below: