Dhoni & Co. need to rein in Sreesanth
Whilst they excelled against a disappointing Bangladesh attack, bowling is something India will need to work on, especially Sreesanth. Richard Hadlee writes.india Updated: Feb 25, 2011 01:21 IST
Virender Sehwag set the tournament alight with a magnificent 175 -he makes batting look so easy. It is unlikely anyone will top that score in this tournament and provided he can remain fit, Sehwag could become the player of the tournament.
Whilst they excelled against a disappointing Bangladesh attack, bowling is something India will need to work on, especially Sreesanth. As a fast bowler, he has some fine qualities - aggression, pace, but as a person he sends clear signals to opposing batsmen that are negative. He needs to bowl with 'controlled' aggression or he could have a short World Cup.
The minnows have expressed their disappointment that the ICC is considering reducing the number of World Cup teams to 10 in 2015. They may be aggrieved but some teams have shown little to suggest that they are worthy of playing at this level. Kenya lost to New Zealand, who chased down 70 to win in 7.5 overs, and then lost to Pakistan by 205 runs. Canada lost to Sri Lanka by 210 runs.
Australia's win over Zimbabwe takes their winning sequence of World Cup matches to 30, so it makes Friday's clash a tough one for the Kiwis. Australia have been all over the Kiwis in previous World Cups, winning five of the seven encounters. Ricky Ponting has been short of runs - he is big player and the World Cup could be the catalyst for him to shine.
The players are aware of the earthquake that hit Christchurch, and a tragedy like this can help lift a team and hopefully put a smile on our faces.