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  • Narendra 9:19 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Muttiah Muralitharan, ,   

    Finally, Finals 

    Finally, after 6 weeks of high octane cricketing action, it all comes down to tomorrow’s final. India takes on Sri Lanka for the Silverware and more importantly a place in World Cup history.

    For Sri Lanka, who were the runner-up of the last edition, this game will be their 2nd consecutive shot at glory. Losing Mathews will be a huge setback for them as he’s a brilliant all-rounder and someone who is seen as the next big thing. However, likes of Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga will look to step it up. Bowling will be a worry for Sri Lanka simply because Muralitharan doesn’t seem to be 100% and rest of their spinners haven’t had too much success against India over the last 15 months. So, there will be lot of pressure on Malinga to deliver, a bad outing might spell doom for Sri Lanka. But, having seen Sri Lankan Cricketers over the years, I’m sure they will put in their best performance.

    Strengths: Opening Batsmen, Malinga

    Weakness: Fragile middle order

    India on the other hand looks decent but, they haven’t improved much over the tournament. Batting collapses, Bowling woes and marginal fielding luckily hasn’t hampered the teams progress, this can be largely attributed to the fact that other teams weren’t doing well, it isn’t India which has raised its standards. Tomorrow, as always a lot will depend on Sachin’s innings, he’s our best batsmen, naturally he needs to come good. India will miss the services of Ashish Nehra which means Ashwin will get to play or Yusuf Pathan might be drafted into the side to reinforce the batting. Whoever plays, it will add some variety to our bowling line up. Team India will have to put in much more than 100% to go past the line, this will be a huge test. Hope for the best.

    Strengths: Sachin, Yuvraj

    Weakness: Batting flip-flops, Bowling

    Mumbai pitch has historically been a slow turner, I won’t be surprised to see the team winning the toss opting to bat first. Any score of 250 and above should be good enough to push for a win. For the team chasing, they would need much more than talent, skill and luck to get there. I strongly believe which ever team bowls well will claim the cup. Also, I feel this won’t be a one sided final as we had in the last three editions. This one could well go down to the wire because none of the teams are playing like gods, it’s all even. Looking forward to the finals, I guess I would have a sleepless night but the unrest is worth it.

     

     

     
    • sufia 11:03 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      im with SL..sorry mate. i was rooting for india against aussie. i cant support u against SL. they supported us, its our turn.

      also left to see if the country that hosts the final is finally able to lift the world cup 🙂

      • sufia 11:04 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        but honestly?? arent u guys FED up of india/SL matches??? im fed up and i dont follow them half as much as u prob do.

        • Narendra 11:18 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Oh yes…Ind-SL have played like 25-30 games over last 2 yrs…most of us touch irritated about tht..coz post the final…there will be plenty to bi-lateral series coming up…guess in next 4 yrs..we both nations might play countless matches..n SL will become integral part of IPL as well..it’s like a long term pact now..fans will be harassed 😀

          By tomorrow same time, we will have a new world champion..looking forward to the match.

          • sufia 11:32 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            i feel for u really do.

            • sufia 1:13 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              u didnt write abt the finals, so im leaving a comment here: congratulations. i was supporting SL, but ultimately the better team won. congratulations again.

              • Narendra 6:03 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                yyyaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! yaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!
                Thank you, girl..eventually I wrote something..but trust me it’s extremely hard to capture this emotion..me delighted ^^

    • Dharun 1:59 am on April 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You can apply for a cricinfo editor… Thats a good preview..

      • Narendra 12:08 pm on April 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hehheheehe…Thank you, Dharun. LEt the current one keep his job. I’m happy writing my brainless posts.

    • Blockader 4:42 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations India, Congratulations!

      • Narendra 6:02 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Brad. Wonderful to see your comment, trust you enjoying your break. Looking forward to posts.

  • Narendra 7:49 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2011, , Bhajji, , , , Jacques Kallis, Lee, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ricky Ponting, , ,   

    Cricketing battles to watch out for 

    With the countdown to ICC cricket world cup in its final lap, there is frenzy in the Indian media and public. This will be the last world cup for many of the games stalwarts, that gives us every reason to go insane. These Cricketers have conquered almost all Cricketing records in their playing careers and set virtually unreachable benchmarks. By the way, they aren’t finished yet, they still pose threat to their own records. Both the leading run getter and leading wicket taker will play their last big tournament ( It will be interesting to watch at what stage these two giants will come face-to-face ). That makes it super special for every Cricket lover go totally berserk.

    Cricket is team sport however, with these legends gracing the game the stakes are much higher. Here are few mouth watering bat versus ball must watch battles.

     

    1. Sachin vs Shoaib – The best batsman in the world against the Rawalpindi express. These men have already provided many a memorable contests but this one is supposed to be the biggest showdown between the greats.

     

     

    2. Ponting vs Bhajji – Their rivalry dates back to 2001. Bhajji repeatedly claimed Punter’s wicket with ridiculous ease. Over the decade Bhajji consistently terrorized Ponting with his spin or at times lack of it. Of course, Ponting did succeed few times however, it looks like Bhajji might have the last laugh yet again.

     

     

    3. Kallis vs Muralitharan – Everyone’s asking the same question. Can Kallis get through Murali magic?

     

     

    4. Sehwag vs Steyn – The South African has invariably come out top but, this is sub-continent, hoping for a better show from Sehwag

     

     

    5. Gayle vs Lee – With Lee aspiring to end his career on a high, Will the maverick West Indian gate-crash his farewell party? Lets wait and watch.

     

     

     

    What match-ups are you looking forward to this WC?

     

     
    • sufiaz 7:52 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      bhajji v/s shoaib! less cricket more ma-behn. so much fun 😀

      • Narendra 7:59 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        ROFLLLLL…. yaaayayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
        not to forget Psychotic Sreesanth 😀

        • sufiaz 8:08 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          LMAO..thats why i LOVE india-pakistan matches.

          • Narendra 8:19 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            hhahahahhhaa..Hope for an Ind-Pak final…galiyon ki barish kar denge 😛

            • sufiaz 9:32 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              chun chun ke 🙂 and can we have a physical fight too please?

      • sufiaz 9:52 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yayyyyy heres to an india-pak final 🙂

    • Blockader 12:46 am on February 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Go battling cricketers go!

  • Narendra 11:37 am on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Harbhajan Singh, , , Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan, 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 a prolific wicket taker. The dry and turning sub-continent pitches should help his wizardry. I hope he delivers one last time.

     

     

    2. Lasith Malinga – This man is incredible, his toe crunching 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 🙂 AFRIDI!! there is no one like him 🙂

      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 🙂

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

              the waqar way? 😉 thats a good way too…hes our bowling coach, did u know that? 😉 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 😉 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 🙂 they just keep popping up dont they? 🙂 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 🙂

              keep the pretty girl and the bowlers 😉 help yrself to as many as u want 🙂 we can spare them 😉

    • 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 😀 ) …. 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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