Monday Mar 19, 2007

Cricket World Cup 2007 - India at Worst and Best

In the cricket world cup, India's defeat by Bangladesh on Friday was a shameful one. The team spirit, top/middle/bottom order, bowlers and the fielders - everybody performed terrible. And on top of that, Bangladesh really played very well. And as I said earlier, may the best team win - Bangladesh was indeed a superior team on that day. I'm happy for them!

Although I was extremely disappointed by India's loss in their debut match but today, against Bermuda, was the other extreme. India scored 415 for 5, a record total in World cups. The top order gave a solid start (205 for 2 in 30 overs) and stormed the Bermudan bowlers by scoring 144 runs in the last 12 overs.

Comparing the statistics of two matches India has played so far:

Against Toss Played Runs Wickets Overs Run rate Won Margin
Bangladesh Won First 191 10 50 3.86 No 5wickets
Bermuda Lost First 413 5 50 8.26 Yes 257

India's desperation to not only win the second match but win with a huge margin is evident from these statistics. After this win, India is in a better position to get into "Super 8" but they still have to beat Sri Lanka to be sure of that.

Over the weekend, Pakistan's coach Bob Woolmer died under mysterious circumstances and their team captain, Inzamam-ul Haq, retired from One Day International cricket after Pakistan's early ouster from the world cup. My condolences to Bob Woolmer and his family. Irrespective of whether India reaches final or not, I always wait for the match with Pakistan, especially in World cup where India has always won. I'll have to miss that exciting moment this time.

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Monday Mar 12, 2007

2007 Cricket World Cup

Call it a fever, frenzy or craze but this once-in-4-year event completely changes India and it's people. Cricket is not just a game, it's a religion in India. The 2007 ICC World Cup was inaugurated over the weekend and matches are scheduled from Mar 13 to April 28, 2007. West Indies being the host who better than Sir Garry Sobers to declare the world cup open.

The 16 participating countries (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Scotland, Netherlands, Iceland, Canada, and Bermuda) are divided into 4 groups (Group A, Group B, Group C, and Group D). In each group, each country will play with rest of the countries. A Win is 2 points, a Tie is 1 point and a Loss is 0 point. Two winners from each group will then move to "Super 8" where again each country will play against each other from which 4 semi-finalists are decided. And then finalist and finally the winner.

India won the 1983 World Cup and were runners up in 2003. The complete team profile is a good mix of medium pace bowlers, spinners, strong opening batsman, reliable top & middle order and hitting low orders. May the best team win and I wish, and hope, India is the best team this time :) Send your wishes to India here. Here are some detailed analysis on Indian Cricket and their prospects in the World Cup:

Here (and here and here and here) are some detailed analysis of Indian Cricket Team.

Dish Network and DirecTV offer all the 51 matches for $199.99 in USA. If you subscribe using Dish Network, then you can also watch the games on willow.tv.

51 games, 16 countries, 47 days, 1 winner. Let's see who outwits, outplay and outlast everybody else.

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