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  • Narendra 9:03 pm on March 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Batting (cricket), , , , , , Shoaib Akhtar   

    Reliving March 1, 2003 

    March 1, 2003 produced one of the best games of ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. It was played out between arch rivals India & Pakistan. Both teams boasted of huge credentials however, Pakistan looked a notch better, their bowlers like, Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib could run through the best of the best batting line ups. India on the other hand was flying high during the WC, thanks to Sachin’s mercurial performances.

    So, on the D-day. Pakistan batted first. They were a strong team and I must say I thought they would win the game easily [ despite India’s red hot form ]. Pakistan’s batting came good, Saeed scored a prolific hundred [ I never understood how and why he was so successful against India ]. Other batsmen chipped in, they finished at 273. During those days that was a huge score especially, Β if you have a bowling line up of Pakistan’s pedigree, anything above 250 was out of reach. So, when India started their Innings, Sachin took first strike [ he seldom does that ] and 5 overs later India was speeding away. By the time power play came to an end, Sachin had already produced one of the greatest innings in a WC, virtually ending Pakistan’s chances of a comeback. He fell at 98 however, his exit made little difference as Indian batsman stormed to a famous win. It has to go down as on the finest wins for India at the biggest stage of World Cricket for living up to the expectations of billion plus fans and out playing Pakistan with effortless ease.

     

    Here’s a quick 6 minute compilation of the match.

     

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    • sufiaz 10:39 pm on March 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      unfortunately india has always run over pakistan in WCs 😦

    • sufiaz 11:01 pm on March 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      koi bat nai….khail main chot lagti hai..rote nai hai….and sth abt how in battles only the fighters manage to fall πŸ™‚

      • Narendra 11:22 pm on March 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Ummmm…maine pehle hi bola tha..tumhe lawyer ban jaana chahiye πŸ™‚
        You would win every case…You’re able to defend so very well…kamaal hai

        • sufiaz 11:18 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          i didnt mean it like that..i meant…whats the point crying over spilt milk? haar gaye to haar gaye, next time well do better πŸ™‚

          • Narendra 11:27 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Right, that’s more like a Champ… Your team is going great…I hope you guys do well.. Ind-Pak finals is what is expected…and then.. blood bath πŸ™‚

          • sufiaz 11:50 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            yay….lets see who wins..our bowlers or yr batsmen πŸ™‚

            • Narendra 11:55 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Yaar ( as in a rivalwala yaar )… Bharat jeetega…bekaar main apne pe hope mat rakhna ^^

              • sufiaz 12:01 pm on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                shhhhh make 330 in the first innings, and bus bhajji ya sreesanth ko bowling de dena πŸ˜‰ baqi zimmedari hamari πŸ˜‰

                • Narendra 12:13 pm on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                  hhahahaahhha..what a recipe for Indian lamb curry..
                  Abhii finals bahut door hai..so lets cheer for our teams..n get them to finals…and then ><

    • Single Malt Monkey 12:56 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have to say, Narendra, following your’s and Rajiv’s blog has got me watching the WC this time around. πŸ™‚

      • Narendra 11:21 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Oh yes, your team gave us a mighty scare..stole a point πŸ™‚
        Looks extremely promising for England…Good Luck..Enjoy the WC..

        • sufiaz 11:51 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          yes. very promising for england…looks like finally will have a chance to get a WC πŸ™‚

      • Narendra 10:32 pm on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry Al…it’s no more promising for England 😦

  • Narendra 11:37 am on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Batting (cricket), , , Harbhajan Singh, , , Lasith Malinga, , Shakib Al Hasan   

    Top 5 Bowlers 

    Alright 5 days to go. Here’s my list of top 5 of bowlers. I strongly believe one of them will end up as the leading wicket taker in this world cup.

     

    1.Muthiah Muralitharan – The Magician. Despite his ripe age he still remains aΒ prolificΒ wicket taker. The dry and turning sub-continent pitches should help hisΒ wizardry. I hope he delivers one last time.

     

     

    2. Lasith Malinga – This man is incredible, his toeΒ crunchingΒ yorkers are viewers delight ( not to mention batsmen’s nightmare ).

     

     

    3. Shakib al hasan – Bangaldesh’s real tiger. He holds the key to their success. Watch out for this man ( By the way he’s an excellent batsman as well )

     

     

    4. Harbhajan Singh – With playing conditions and crowd in his favor, Turbanator might well turn it on. And when he’s in his zone, there’s no better bowler than him.

     

     

    5. Shahid Afridi– Yes! Afridi the bowler can do more damage than Afridi the batsman.

     

     

     

     
    • sufiaz 1:53 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      yayyy πŸ™‚ AFRIDI!! there is no one like him πŸ™‚

      pity mohammad asif and amir arent playing the world cup 😦 i bet theyd make yr list

      • sufiaz 2:05 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        shakib, and the two sri lankans…agreed with u..but harbhajan??? dont u think ajmal is actually a more creative and effective bowler? or even shoaib malik (even tho hes not playing the WC). harbhajan is what we call “pita hua” here. which means someone who everyone knocks around just b/c he isnt effective anymore.

        • Narendra 4:33 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Ajmal will feature in top 10 for sure..I included Harbhajan not coz he’s an Indian..he’s got the skill and talent to deliver at the big stage…In fact, in the given conditions he is our No.1 bowler and Dhoni’s goto man..

          You guessed it right, Both Asif & Aamir would have made it to top 5. Alas, crazy guys..Cricket doesn’t need such players..best left out..

          • sufiaz 7:36 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            sad na…what a brilliant career they couldve had, yet they destroyed it with their own hands 😦 oh well…junaid khan is being promoted as the next mohammed amir, only time will tell how far that is true.

            • Narendra 7:48 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Nahiiiiiiiiiiii…ek aur Aamir nahi.. bas ek his kaafi tha..
              hope he goes the Akram or Waqar way…not Aamir..hell no πŸ™‚

            • sufiaz 7:54 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              the waqar way? πŸ˜‰ thats a good way too…hes our bowling coach, did u know that? πŸ˜‰ his coaching is what makes our bowling side so strong…we thrashed aussie even when our batting lineup was shit (last summer). ab to khair we have miandad as our batting coach so hopefully the batting dept will show an improvement too.

            • sufiaz 7:59 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              even the wasim way isnt bad πŸ˜‰ he discovers bowlers, he was the one that found mohammad amir for us.

              • Narendra 8:19 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                Oh yes..Amazes me how Pak is able to produce such good bowlers…
                Is there any factory? You can tell me..will keep it a secret

            • sufiaz 8:22 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              i wish i knew too πŸ™‚ they just keep popping up dont they? πŸ™‚ u take out one and u find two new ones.

              • Narendra 8:33 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                So true..you should be proud of this…can we import few of them ( along with the pretty girl in the music video..forgot her name ) hmmmmm

            • sufiaz 8:35 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              dont know her name either πŸ™‚

              keep the pretty girl and the bowlers πŸ˜‰ help yrself to as many as u want πŸ™‚ we can spare them πŸ˜‰

    • Blockader 6:35 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Go bowlers Go! (Someday I’ll learn exactly what I am cheering for.)

      • Narendra 6:43 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Brad..Just wanted to let you know..Canada is playing this world cup as well ( It’s a different story that almost all players hail from the asian community πŸ˜€ ) …. however, that gives you good enough reason to support the game and your team..

        Go Canada Go!

        • Blockader 6:51 am on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Canada has a cricket team? How did that happen?

          • Narendra 9:20 am on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Yes! Canada has a cricket team. This is their 3rd straight world cup appearance. So, please cheer for your team..

            • sufia 10:10 am on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              yes brad canada has a cricket team….in fact even the US has a cricket team.

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