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Ojha’s craft suited for T20

cricket Updated: Jun 10, 2009 00:42 IST
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Having the entire field in your vision is very different from watching the action on a small screen in front of you. Commenting on what's happening only on the screen is a tough ask and that's the first lesson I have learnt inside the commentary box.

Also, getting used to a whole lot of stats on the screen and picking only the relevant ones, takes some doing. It is a question of getting used to it and the help that I am getting from my co-commentators is useful.

On the plus side, the nice, warm commentary box is certainly the place to be, keeping the English weather in mind.

Despite the chill, India are red hot. They were nervous before their first match against Bangladesh, who can be a surprise package. Bangladesh can shock too as their defeat against Ireland showed. They are out of the World Cup and this wasn't expected. Before the match Ireland did look a very determined lot even as Bangladesh seemed to be a bit on the edge. It reflected in the result, with Ireland making it to the Super Eight stage.

Coming back to India, the nervousness was understandable. Being defending champions brings its problems and no matter how many practice matches you play or how many practice matches you win, they count for nothing. It's only the real thing that matters. To their credit, India did get off to a good start but the difference was clearly Yuvraj Singh. Before he took off, India seemed headed for a par score of 150-160 but Yuvi took it away from Bangladesh. With the bowlers backing up the batting, the winning start and a place in the next stage was ensured.

I was surprised to see two spinners being fielded. With Sehwag absent, the Indians went in with five bowlers and thus the second spinner got a look in. I liked the look of Pragyan Ojha. The young man has quickly learnt that in T20, a spinner has to slow the ball down. That combined with the tennis ball bounce of the Nottingham track did the trick.

England qualifying will have served to keep the English crowd in good cheer. It always helps in a tournament when the host team progresses.