The World Cup is over at last! England has won the ICC Cricket World Cup  2019 after huge drama involving a tie and a Super Over that also ended with scores level! In fact, this was the first time that England has won the cricket World Cup. Although it was England who organized the first World Cup match for cricket in 1975, the team has never won the Cup until now, in 2019.

The top four teams of the tournament were England, New Zealand, India, and Australia, but the final points table does not tell the whole story.

Cricket World Cup 2019 – Entertaining Galore

The 2019 ICC World Cup has been an astonishing one with surprising results. India managed to win 7 matches in a row but lost only 2 matches, becoming the team with the least number of lost matches. Yet, India lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals and made an unexpected and disheartening exit. 

Despite rain disrupting proceedings and one-sided matches during the first 2 weeks, the second half of the tournament was truly exciting, with nearly every team fighting for a place in the top four. Like India, defending champions and five-time winners Australia also made a strong showing in the Round Robin only to get eliminated in the knockout stage.

Youngsters such as Rashid Khan for Afghanistan, Rishabh Pant for India, Oshane Thomas for West Indies, Avishka Fernando for Sri Lanka, and Shaheen Afridi for Pakistan all made contributions to their respective sides, proving that age is not a factor. 

Captains such as New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Australia’s Aaron Finch did their best to marshall whatever resources they had to scrape out wins. 

The tournament was watched by fans of all ages as well, and the World Cup 2019 was an eye-opener. Strategy, tactics, and schemes were abound. School children have a lot to learn from the ICC World Cup 2019.

What Can Sporting Events Like Cricket World Cup 2019 Teach Our Children?

Whether your child is a fan of cricket or not, children have a lot to learn from sporting events like Cricket World Cup 2019. Sports events like cricket are not just about winning and losing, but involve a lot of other values like team spirit, coordination, leadership, sacrifice, sportsmanship, and more which children should imbibe. 

Here are some value-lessons that children can pick up from the Cricket World Cup 2019.

1. Expect the Unexpected

Sports, like life, is full of unpredictability. It would be an understatement to say that the Cricket World Cup 2019 was full of surprises. The poor showing and capitulation of the giants South Africa, the sudden winning run of the mercurial 2017 Champions Trophy winners Pakistan after they seemed to be down and out, a resurgent West Indies side punching above their weight, Afghanistan nearly pulling off the impossible against India and Pakistan, and Sri Lanka turning heads and turning the whole tournament on its head by defeating England.   

There was no shortage of action. Mohammed Shami and Trent Boult both picked up hat-tricks that left the opposition batsmen stunned. When people thought even 500 could be scored, scores as low as 201 were defended successfully.

No one expected Dhawan to get injured or for our very own Rohit Sharma to score 5 centuries in a row while Virat Kohli could not even manage one. India’s loss to New Zealand in the semifinals, and that too chasing 240 was a shocking defeat to us all. In fact, even former West Indian cricket legend Brian Lara predicted that the finalists for the ICC World Cup 2019 in semi-finals would be India and England. In the end, it was a heart-wrenching defeat for India in the semifinals in the hands of New Zealand. 

Not everything will proceed as you have foreseen. Life is unpredictable and doesn’t always go the way people expect it to, and so it is with exams. Questions will show up that your child may not be prepared for, but they should be fearless and expect the unexpected.

Lesson #1

School children must learn to be prepared for any eventuality during life, school, and exams. Paying attention in class and daily practice will help them face exams without fear.

2. Never Underestimate Anyone

Afghanistan was the weakest team in the ICC World Cup 2019 yet they put up a brave show and lost by a small margin to both Pakistan and India. Bangladesh also put up a fight, even defeating South Africa and chasing down 300+ against West Indies. With the teams reduced to just 10 compared to 14 from the last World Cup, all teams demonstrated that they just weren’t there to make up the numbers.

Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan managed to beat the hosts and eventual champions England. Sri Lanka and West Indies also came close to toppling Australia, both going down fighting. Similarly, New Zealand made it all the way to The Final even though many would have counted them out before the event started. 

Never underestimate anyone in life. Today’s losers can be tomorrow’s winners and vice versa.

Lesson #2

Children must be taught to show respect to their competitors. No one should be underestimated as with hard work and perseverance, anyone can succeed.

3. Don’t Blame Others For Failures

When India lost their semifinal match to New Zealand, there were thousands of people ready to point fingers at players on the Indian team for failing to chase down the required total. Captain Virat Kohli, former captain MS Dhoni, bowler Yuzvendra Chahal, openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, coach Ravi Shastri, the selection board, and more. 

Some even blamed the weather, the pitch and even astrology for the loss as the match had been extended to a second day on account of the rain. 

Bear in mind, one individual can’t take the blame for a team event like this. Each player has to understand where he went wrong and work to improve. Bowling, batting, and fielding are all team efforts. Just like winning is a team achievement, so is losing. 

After scoring low marks on the exam, children often blame the teacher, paper correctors, tough paper, lack of time, pressure, etc. However, the simple fact is that they did not practice enough. Knowing and identifying your faults is half the battle.

It is easy to blame others for failures. It is time to accept responsibility for your actions and take the blame if you wish to improve.

Lesson #3

Children must be taught not to play the blame-game but instead introspect, analyze, and correct their mistakes with practice to improve in life and exams. Never look down on people and don’t forget those that helped you along the way.

4.  Always Appreciate the Contribution of Others

During India’s match against Australia, a lot of people in the stands began jeering and booing Steve Smith. Virat Kohli came up to them and requested them to cheer the opposing player instead. Kohli could have kept quiet, but he stood up against wrong in a graceful manner. Smith later thanked Kohli. Despite being bitter rivals on the pitch, both knew that it was just a match and nothing more.

After India lost the semifinals in ICC World Cup 2019, everyone blamed Dhoni for not saving them at the crucial hour. Despite his team reeling after losing 4 wickets, Dhoni did his best and battled valiantly, scoring 50 runs until he was run out. Everyone started blaming Dhoni for his poor performance. While doing so, no one cared to recall the matches he won for India till date. 

India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, all under M.S. Dhoni’s captaincy. In fact, it was Dhoni that scored the match-winning runs in the 2011 World Cup and that six will be etched into people’s minds forever.

Even England themselves were mocked relentlessly for their premature exit in the 2015 World Cup, having failed to even make the quarterfinals. They also lost the T20 World Cup Final in 2016 because Ben Stokes conceded 24 runs in the final over against the West Indies. Now, Ben Stokes has helped lead England to victory in a World Cup at home and helped them lift the trophy for the first time.

Everyone has ups and downs. You may be down now but your time will come. One bad outcome does not diminish prior achievements. Neither does today’s failure determine your entire future. Never get disheartened and don’t forget anyone’s earlier contributions just because they are not performing well today.

Lesson #4

Children must be taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect. They must learn to live with the shortcomings of others and appreciate their effort. Only then will they become leaders.

5. Always Do Your Best 

Despite not being the captain, M.S. Dhoni guided his teammates, motivated and inspired them. His consistent efforts to the game have always been appreciated by one and all. Even Adam Gilchrist has showered praise on Dhoni and has declared that Dhoni has contributed much to the game and that he admires his calmness and self-belief. No matter how much pressure we face, we should remain calm and approach the situation with a cool head.

Kane Williamson stepped up and led his New Zealand Black Caps all the way to the Final, and the New Zealand team gave their all. For his efforts, Kane was still given the Player of the Tournament award ahead of Bangladesh’s one-man army in Shakib Al-Hasan or the hitman Rohit Sharma.

No matter what people say or how much they badmouth you, you should always keep showing up and do your best. There will always be those who hate. You should ignore such people, focus on your goals, and keep moving forward. Hard work and dedication will never go unnoticed. You may not always be victorious, but you can still earn the respect and admiration of others along the way.

One must do our best in all circumstances and we will be richly rewarded. We cannot always be the best, but we can always do our best.

Lesson #5

Children must learn to perform consistently and practice well irrespective of the circumstances. This will reap them the rewards in everything, be it sports, academics, or life.

Practice Leads to Success

At the end of it all, we were all treated to unbelievable catches, powerfully struck sixes, unplayable deliveries, and though India didn’t win it all, no one can deny that this was a very enjoyable World Cup. The period from 30th May to 14th July was an unforgettable time, and the excitement will undoubtedly return in 4 years as the 2023 World Cup is set to be hosted in India. 

Parents and teachers must involve children in discussions of such sporting events and highlight the values to be learned from them. This is a good way to develop a child’s personality. 

Athletes train and practice day in and day out to become the best at what they do. Likewise, students must also practice in order to improve their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Online practice learning sites like LetsPractise help you teach your child the value of practice in academics. We offer a host of online practice tests and exercises to help your child perform better in academics and excel in life. 

We offer worksheets and practice sheets for students from Class I to X for all Boards, including CBSE, ICSE, SSC, IGCSE, etc. Take a look at the practice plans that we have listed on our site and contact us for more information.

Remember, just because you didn’t win the toss doesn’t mean you can’t win the match!

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