World Cup Winners and the legacy that inspires Gen Next
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When we started the World Cup winners cards in June 2021, the Cricket World Cup was almost nine months away. The aim of this Social Media campaign was to make people aware of the players who have lifted the prestigious trophy in the past. Some of these players are well known for their contribution to our game and many of them were forgotten over the years. With these cards, we wanted to shed a light on each player’s role in their team’s World Cup campaigns.
While researching these players, we came across pioneers of the game like Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, Enid Bakewell, and Sharon Tredea. How these players paved the way for the next generation to flourish. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that generations of players have stood on the shoulders of these giants of the game. The 19-year-old Darcie Brown, the newly minted World Cup winner and also the youngest ever to win an ODI World Cup, is a byproduct of the work that the previous generations have done without much fanfare.
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We started this series with Ellyse Perry, who will go down in the history of cricket as one of the best players to ever play the game. Today, a month after Australia lifted their seventh World Cup title at the Hagley Oval, we are ending this campaign with another young player, Annabel Sutherland, who won her first ODI World Cup. The next generation is ready to carry forward the legacy of the game. If you look at the way the recent World Cup unfolded, young players like Charlie Dean, Laura Wolvaardt, and Shafali Verma are ready to take the game forward.
This campaign was our tribute to those players who have already lifted the trophy. As the game moves forward, we hope to add many more names to this list. We thoroughly enjoyed bringing these to you. We hope you enjoyed them as well.