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It’s just another match

People who were just the other day touting India's name as the only favourite to win the World Cup are suddenly starting to find faults with Dhoni's boys! Saurav Ganguly writes.

cricket Updated: Mar 10, 2011 13:15 IST

People who were just the other day touting India's name as the only favourite to win the World Cup are suddenly starting to find faults with Dhoni's boys! This has happened before and is not music to the ears to most of the members of the team. India needs to keep it simple and not think way ahead.

Ireland is just one more competitor to get past. All the hue and cry happening now is because of the manner in which Ireland got past the huge English total and also because in an earlier match India's three hundred plus total got chased down.

So if three-hundred plus runs are getting chased down every now and then at Chinnaswamy, does India have the bowling to limit the opposition on this belter of a pitch? They do as far as I'm concerned.

The O'Brien Factor
I was absolutely fascinated by the way Kevin O'Brien batted the other day. It was definitely one of the best one-day innings that I have seen and would love to see an encore but certainly not against India.

I am curious to see him bat against Harbhajan and the slower stuff dished out by the other spinning options of India. He showed tremendous maturity and so did the others.

The bowling plan
For India, fielding three pacers and a spinner would be the likely option from now on. It provides a balance to the attack and also flexibility in different situations. I believe Yusuf Pathan as a bowler has been wasted in the two matches. He needs to bowl a lot more.

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