First ball of the ninth World Cup of cricket

For those who missed it, churumuri.com is pleased to present, courtesy of SET Max, a television grab of the first ball of the ninth World Cup of cricket on YouTube.

The bowler is Umar Gul of Pakistan and the batsman on strike, Chris Gayle of the West Indies, after Inzamam ul Haq called “Heads” rightly and asked hosts Brian Lara and his men to bat in the first match of the first World Cup played in the Americas. The non-striker is Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and the straight umpire, Simon Taufel.

Please excuse the grainy pictures and the commercials that were inserted without giving us a chance to react.