World Cup 2011: India turn chokers against South Africa

March 14, 2011

In what can be described only as a series of bizarre incidents, India choked in a typically South African fashion against the Proteas on Sunday.

One can list out various reasons for the defeat- not playing an e,tra spinner against spin-dreading South Africa, power play batting collapse, giving away too man runs up front, Dhoni’s captaincy, bowling Nehra instead of Harbhajan- but that would only amount to beating the “we-don’t-have-any-bowling” dead horse.

This defeat may not be too bad. After all, this may be what the thinking tank needs to fi, the problems. There are a good number of those, since match 1. Winning a match almost ensures that the “winning combination” will play again. Shortcomings will not be looked at. This defeat provides that opportunity. Will only have to wait and watch.

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Sachin 200 – A jewel but…

March 11, 2010

Ten years ago, most of us would have thought, if there was one person who could reach 200 in an ODI, it was Sachin. However, five years ago, most of us would have agreed that he may not get there. Yet, on the day that he did, Sachin was blistering! It was the 28th over when Sachin reached 100 and the commentator said, perhaps jokingly that maybe if he’d bat another 28, he’d get to 200. And when he did, we went berserk.

However, amid the deja vu,  there was something bothering.  Maybe if the media were a little less boasting of Tendulkar, if we did a little less counting of the 50s, the twelve thousand-th run, the nth “over the slip” shot, this would have meant more. For the many who are “uninitiated” in this mad counting, this phenomenal landmark was “just another one”. This landmark of Sachin’s will remain a jewel, but maybe instead of the crass glare, it could have been a
shimmering diamond.

India retain #1 spot in ICC cricket rankings

February 19, 2010

That was what the second test match was all about. After South Africa got the better of India in the first Test at Kanpur, India had to win, and did so fairly well.

Yet, for a team that wants to be #1, there are still some concerns, mainly surrounding succession in batting mainstay. Who after Dravid and Laxman? It would be harsh to dump Murali Vijay and Badrinath or label them unworthy after their lacklustre show in the last 2 matches. Still, the expectations were fairly high, and they didn’t live up to it. What happened to the India-A tours? These folk would do better on those tours when they aren’t in the playing Test XI.

That said, Zaheer bowled like a champion; Sehwag batted like he always does! It’s becoming routine now. 🙂  And Amla batted almost like a machine. Congrats to the team that awarded him man of the match and series!

Last of all, Congrats India.