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A surprise could still be in store

india Updated: Mar 14, 2011 01:06 IST
Amrit Mathur
Amrit Mathur
Hindustan Times
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The World Cup is playing out in fits and starts with exciting matches mixed with some hopelessly boring ones. The associate teams have had an odd moment but are not ready for the big league.

Another truth is that Sachin is a genius. Everyone is also convinced that Sachin apart, India depend on a line-up that is strong and deep, yet flashy and brittle. Dhoni's indictment after the Nagpur collapse sums it up when he said the batsmen were playing to the gallery.

The bowling has always been dodgy, and except Zaheer, it is toothless. Also, there is enough evidence that the fitness and fielding is pathetic. While other teams are athletic, the Indians are sloppy.

The team has followed the script, and others too have lived up to their reputation. Australia are tough and professional; South Africa similar but somewhat suspect in crunch situations.

England's stunning decline has been the only surprise. Such is their plight that they could have lost every match.

To win the World Cup, India have to sort themselves out not the opposition. But can India win?

It is impossible to say whether this will happen. The World Cup has been routine, but close to the business end it could deliver a cruel surprise.