India beats itself, England champs
If a week ago one were to ask people to choose between India and England as favourites for the World Cup, chances are the former would have been selected more often.india Updated: Feb 18, 2007 15:12 IST
If a week ago one were to ask people to choose between India and England as favourites for the World Cup, chances are the former would have been selected more often.
But on Sunday, England, for the second time in three days, defeated the seemingly invincible Australia to win the Commonwealth Bank tri-series, which also involved New Zealand. This is the first time Australia lost an ODI series at home in the last 15 years.
In Rajkot the same day, India slumped to a five-run defeat in the second one-dayer against Sri Lanka. The World Cup is barely a month away and if form is anything to go by, one does get a feeling that England, whose threat as a good one-day team was of late hardly taken seriously, could be peaking at the right time.
By comparison, India, till the last match before announcement of the squad for the Caribbean, is struggling to find the right combination. Especially, the manner in which India lost the tie from a very comfortable position is an eye-opener.
England players like Paul Collingwood, who was named the Man of the Finals, are often seeing their side through. Indian batsmen on Sunday failed to capitalise on good starts against an average bowling attack.
India can win the other two matches against Sri Lanka. But after Sunday, more people may select England over India for the World Cup.