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PHOTOS: Uniquely dressed fans add novelty to World Cup
By Rediff Sports Desk
March 02, 2015

Supporters in the New Zealand Black Caps fanzone at Eden Park, Auckland. Photograph: Shane Wenzlick/Getty Images for Tourism New Zealand

New Zealand’s pulsating form in the Cricket World Cup is sparking a surge of ticket sales.

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After New Zealand hammered England and Australia in the pool matches, ticket sales soared for remaining games involving or expected to involve the Black Caps.

Indian fans show their support. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara feels that India are currently playing the "best cricket of the World Cup."

With hoards of Indian fans storming the Australian grounds, you could be forgiven for mistaking it to be the Eden Gardens or the Wankhede. Bouyed by the vociferous crowd, India thrashed traditional rivals, South Africa and later UAE in their pool matches so far.

An Australian fan at a World Cup match. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The ongoing World Cup may not be the best in terms of form for the hosts, Australia, but that hasn't deterred the fans from pouring into the stadiums to back their team.

Scottish fans show their support. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

This edition of the quadrennial event has seen its share of new supporters – Scotland fans are making their presence felt big time.

Zimbabwe fans show their support during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates at Saxton Field in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Here we have Zimbabwe fans screaming their lungs out for their team during the match against Pakistan.
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Bangladesh fans enjoy the atmosphere during the World Cup match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan at Manuka Oval in Canberra. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

This kid came out in all his splendour to back Bangladesh. But considering the phase that Bangladesh team is currently going through, it seems like lady luck also couldn't do enough to put the team off their misery.

An Ireland fan poses with the replica of the World Cup as he shows his support during the match between the West Indies and Ireland at Saxton Field, New Zealand. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

We have seen the popular Barmy Army and Pakistan's famous Chacha leading the cheers for their respective teams, but no one can beat the passion of this Irish fan.

England fans arrive prior the World Cup opening match between England and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

England have lost three of their four World Cup 2015 matches so far. With the exit door clearly visible from the team camp, emotions back home have now gone from anger to sheer despair. But the English fans in Australia are still rallying around their team.

A West Indies fan shows his support during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

This bloke here, with a gigantic West Indies flag in tow, does the rounds of the stadium.

He was jogging up and down the neighbourhood of the stadium while the West Indies cricketers were inside practicing in the nets.

Pakistan and India supporters pose with their flags outside of the ground. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Talk about passion and loyalty!!!

The Indian and Pakistani fans rally around their players.

This is exactly what this man and this girl in the picture proved. They came to the stadium to watch the arch rivals play.

Virat Kohli scored an imperious century to steer India to a thumping 76 runs victory over Pakistan in their opening World Cup match at the Adelaide Oval on February 14.

After putting up an imposing 300 for seven, they shot out their arch-rivals for only 224 to begin the defence of the crown they won in 2011 on a rousing note.

Young Afghanistan fans show their support during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Scotland at University Oval. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

Afghanistan also have had their share of supporters; their flag colours are flaunted by young and old.

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