It's time for India to soak in the pressure
India enter the last phase knowing that a win here could change many things. Steve Waugh writes.india Updated: Mar 20, 2011 00:15 IST
India enter the last phase knowing that a win here could change many things. It's a lot of pressure and it will be interesting to see how India embraces that pressure on Sunday. Bangladesh's heavy loss means that the top four teams of the group will go through to the finals.
However, India would like to have their destiny in their own hands.
Bowling has been a problem
If there has been a problem area, it has been the bowling. Harbhajan Singh did threaten to change the game against South Africa by taking a few wickets and he will be crucial against West Indies.
The bulk of the latter's batsmen have not seen Harbhajan and would have trouble reading him and picking his doosra. I would like to see Dhoni play his three spinners on Sunday. Piyush Chawla and local boy Ravichandran Ashwin both would be a good combination for that pitch.
Positive batting is a must
I would not like to see India step back and be over-cautious. India were going well with Sachin Tendulkar playing his lofted drives and paddle sweeps with impunity against South Africa. India need him to play that way and also to have
Virender Sehwag go for his upper cuts and devastating square cuts. There is no doubt that they are India's game-changers and they must not be curbed.
Dhoni needs to be positive and not dwell too much on the batting collapse against South Africa.
Windies need to pull together
Looking at the West Indies, it's interesting to see the number of game-changers they have. Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Kemar Roach are all match-winners on their day but, so far, the team has not been able to pull all that talent in one direction to get consistent results.
The contest is going to be an interesting one but I think India will come through. They have quality batsmen as well as the slow bowlers to take on West Indies.