In cricket, the World Cup brand sells like nothing else. You don't have to get the fans excited for it, because they already are. But in case you lack motivation to follow the upcoming 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia/New Zealand, here are a half-dozen reasons to stop being a sticky wicket and get bowled over by the tournament:
Hard-Hitting Batsmen's Smash-Fest
The likes of A. B. de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, etc. may not be as technically perfect as those who graced this stage before them, but if they catch fire, they could turn any match into one for the ages. No World Cup has seen as many hard hitters as this one will. Records will be shattered and bowlers will not like it – but the fans will.
The Eyeballs On India-Pakistan Match
When these two played each other – or warred – at the 2011 World Cup, nearly a billion people watched. Four years later, the media has advanced even more, and even though their upcoming match will be played in an inconvenient time zone for fans back home, it is expected to break the 1 billion mark. If it does, this matchup will break its own record of being the most watched sports even in the history, and you don't want to miss that.
The World's Best Fast Bowler On World's Fastest Pitches
South Africa's Dale Steyn has been the best fast bowler in the world these past few years. At the last World Cup, he hadn't quite peaked yet, but still managed to dismantle eventual champion India's strong batting line-up with figures of 5/50. He performed that feat on a dead sub-continent wicket, so just imagine what he would do in Australia and New Zealand, where pitches favor the seamers.
The Tallest Bowler In History On Bounciest Wickets
In the 40-year-long history of World Cups, there have been numerous special players but never a 7-foot giant of a fast bowler. Add Australia and New Zealand's bouncy pitches to Mohammad Irfan's height, and he becomes an extremely frightening prospect – one who can't be missed.
Amitabh Bachchan's Cricket Commentary
Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan will make his cricket commentary debut this World Cup for STAR Sports. His voice and presence will be a show in itself.
The selfies haven't grown old in cricket just yet. So, there will be plenty of these. Whether you like them or abhor them – they do make the gentleman's game interesting.
Check out the full 2015 World Cup schedule down below: