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  • Narendra 10:17 pm on March 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , South Africa, , Umar Gul   

    Cricket World Cup Review – II 

    Finally, after a month long saga, group games concluded with the ICC top 8 making it to the knock out stage. Pakistan finished top of Group A, trouncing Australia effortlessly. Ponting and his men look highly vulnerable, only a miracle can help them retain their trophy. On the other hand toppers, Pakistan pleasantly surprised us with their fielding efforts, I remember they almost messed up a game due to poor fielding. Meantime, Umar Gul is reversing and swinging the ball late, I have never seen any bowler move the white ball in that fashion, his form will be crucial as Pakistan takes on an unpredictable Indies team.

    Other qualifiers from Group A are Sri lanka and New Zealand. Both teams have their strengths and disturbing weaknesses. Sri Lanka is over reliant on Sangakara, rest of the batting line up has been scratchy, bowling too has been on-off. New Zealand as always are wild and thrilling, never know which way they would go. New Zealand will take on South Africa, my prediction is either they will blast away the Africans or loose by a huge margin, no scope for a close game.

    Group B has remained exciting till the very last league game. However, it was England and Bangladesh who provided the best moments in the last two weeks. Bangla tigers culled England in a dramatic fashion, few days later england who had to win to survive in the CWC, beat an indisciplined WI in a thriller. Meantime, SA destroyed Bangla dreams of making it to the Quarters. Barring a familiar collapse against England, SA has been top of its game throughout the tournament. Their win against India proves that they can handle pressure and pull off victories under tense situations.

    India had a very ordinary time. Batting disasters and listless bowling has planted huge doubts in the mind of fans and experts on its chances to win this WC. We are no more the favorites in the tournament. Batting, which was supposedly our stronghold came apart during the powerplay each and every time we batted first. Bowling has been terrible, Harbhajan and Zaheer have hardly done anything noteworthy, If India has to do well at the Knock Stages, these two gentlemen have to come good, now is the time which matters the most. On the brighter side, three Indian Batsmen are going strong. Sachin thundered two centuries [ We didn’t win any of those games though ], Sehwag is at his belligerent best. Yuraj has risen like a Phoenix and reaffirmed the good old saying – Form is temporary, Class is permanent.

    For the first time since the 1987 edition, every team from this stage seems to have an equal chance of winning the trophy. All the eight teams have their issues, no one is outstanding, no one looks threatening, no one carries the clout of a world champion. It’s all even. Whichever team plays three  good games from here will clinch the cup. I am hoping the big guns will rise to the occasion.

    Looking forward to the Quarter Finals, especially, India v/s Australia. 😀

     

     

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    • Arvinth 11:57 pm on March 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I guess we wud beat Aussie boyz.. and then take on Pakistan in the Semis.. Ready for the challenge Sufia? 😉

    • Single Malt Monkey 10:52 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good summary, Narendra. WI gifted England the game.

    • Arvinth 11:40 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      chapell ko chappal maro.. 🙂 i guess the aussies knowthey are not going to win and resorting to tactics like this.. in btw pakistan played really gud against aussies.. hope we will see you in semis.. sufia 🙂 may the best team win.. in btw gud post don 😉

      • Narendra 11:01 am on March 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Machi…India Jeetega 🙂

      • sufia 11:40 pm on March 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        india pakistan in the semis ….. going to be the “mother of all matches”.. FINALLY a knockout match that wont be boring

    • Arvinth 11:50 pm on March 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      agreed.. 🙂 its gonnabe a big match and i think whoever wins that match will win th WC

      • Narendra 12:26 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yyyyaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!! Ind-Pak…I don’t know what to say…This is it, people…thisssssssss is itttttt 😀

      • sufia 1:43 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        agreed. there can be NOTHING better. every cricket-obsessed subcontinental fan’s dream come true. no words simply.

    • Single Malt Monkey 4:08 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      ..and it’s ON..!!!

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

    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!

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