The influence of two new balls from both ends, revised fielding restrictions, and T20 have transformed the predominant 50-over strategy, turning the ODI revolution of the 1990s inside-out.
While people will talk about the result, the most important thing that we need to take from this tournament is the lessons we have learnt.
Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena will become the first man to play and umpire in a World Cup final when he was chosen by the ICC as one of the on-field officials for Sunday's clash between co-hosts Australia and New Zealand at the MCG.
Sri Lanka batting legend Kumar Sangakkara, who has just retired from ODI cricket after a glorious career, feels the game has changed drastically from the time he made his debut more than 15 years ago.
In our never-ending quest to expand your cricket knowledge, and increase your chances of winning your weekly pub quiz, here are some snippets of cricketing history that happened this week but in the past.