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Sun,31 May 2015
Teams & Players
Uncertainties apart, India & SL are teams to watch
Though the contenders have not been tested much, my initial impression is that it will be very hard for a team other than one from the sub-continent, to win the World Cup.
Top-heavy SL rely too much on big two
I have always stated that I am not a firm believer in the tag 'favourites' and I was proved right once again by Pakistan's win over Sri Lanka.
Irishmen a beacon of hope
Ireland have shown that having a ‘never-say-die’ attitude can produce spectacular results.
They are saying
Happy to score poorly as long as team wins
Scores of four and two aren't how I imagined starting the tournament, but the moment individuals in a team start getting concerned with personal performances ahead of team results they are missing the point, writes
Aussie pace ploy will be on test
I had wanted the India-England game to bring the tournament alive and it certainly did that. We have had a spate of exciting games and game changers, none more exciting than Kevin O'Brien, writes
Get real, World Cup is a flop without India
Asked about the ticketing mess, Haroon Lorgat dutifully recited the politically correct spiel about fans, but then could not resist the temptation of patting himself, writes
Day of the underdog & protest of the mighty
Kevin O'Brien's heroic knock and Ireland's steely resolve was a victory for the minnows against all those powerful adversaries who see them as an unnecessary adjunct of this World Cup, writes
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!
Bat for an extra bowler now
England tied the game against India while chasing a mammoth 338. Bangladesh also managed to score nearly 300 albeit in a lost cause.
Be ruthless & hungry
Ashish Nehra has got to be played against Ireland today. He needs to be tested in this game whether India go with a 2-2 or 3-1 combination. Ashish, when he’s in form, is definitely a strike bowler for India and one with tremendous experience.
Where India hold the aces
Like it or not, technology is here to stay
Mismatches are still happening and it is frustrating to watch games when I can safely predict the result before the game commences. Too many teams have suffered humiliating defeats.
‘Watered down’ Sri Lanka in a spot of bother now
The Sri Lankans must be cursing the rain. They will be thinking that they had the chance to put it across the Australians and had the brightest possibility of ending the unbeaten run of the Aussies in the World Cup, writes
Not arrogant, India were level-headed
There was a lot of learning to be gleaned from the victory against Ireland on Sunday, and that should stand the Indian team in good stead as we approach the knockout stages.
Dissecting Pakistan's talisman
What is it about Afridi that makes him the most dangerous bowler in the World Cup so far? He doesn't spin the ball like Warne, doesn't possess a googly like Mushtaq Ahmed or even a straighter one of Kumble's accuracy.
Heat is on for the World Cup captains
The world cup matches are getting closer to one another in terms of playing dates and also tighter in terms of results. As competition heats up, the captains are getting busy on and off the ground, writes
Those Jarring notes
Normal is boring
The giant killers
Hope is in place but can hosts India deliver?