Two giants battle it out. India need to win to prove that England tied with them just by fluke. SA need to win to show they are a serious about winning this WC

  1. #1 by khansahab on March 11, 2011 - 8:41 PM

    new thread

  2. #2 by khansahab on March 11, 2011 - 8:43 PM

    We are covering India vs South Africa live. It will be similar to how the Pakistan vs New Zealand match was covered.

    Munir sahab, Sagaat, Arshad, Naser, Amir etc, you should all comment on India vs South Africa too.

  3. #3 by khansahab on March 11, 2011 - 10:34 PM

    Umar injures finger during training


    Pakistan’s preparation for their key World Cup match against Zimbabwe received a minor jolt as Umar Akmal missed yesterday’s training after injuring his right index finger during a practice session on Thursday.

    Umar, who took over wicket-keeping duties on Thursday as the team management looked to find solutions to Kamran’s under-performance behind the stumps, injured the finger during a fielding drill.

    “It’s just a minor injury, there’s nothing to worry about and I’ll hopefully be fit for the match against Zimbabwe,” Umar told The Express Tribune.

    Team manager Intikhab Alam, too, confirmed that the injury was minor and the younger Akmal stood a very good chance of being fully fit for Pakistan’s second match at the Pallekele stadium on March 14.

    “He injured his finger during training on Thursday and there was a bit of swelling,” said Intikhab.

    “However, we got the all-clear in the scans and hopefully he’ll be ready to take part in training very soon.”

    Coincidentally, Umar faked a back injury following calls to drop Kamran after the Sydney Test debacle on Pakistan’s tour of Australia in 2009. As Kamran’s miseries grew behind the stumps against New Zealand on Tuesday when he missed two catches in three balls, captain Shahid Afridi confirmed that the team management was keeping all options open and using Umar behind the stumps was one of them.

    Misbah backs Kamran

    Meanwhile, following a three-hour long training session, in which the team replicated a match situation, Pakistan vice-captain Misbahul Haq continued his backing for the under-fire wicket-keeper, insisting Kamran would come back strongly.

    “The missed chances did affect the team morale but a bad day can happen to anyone,” said Misbah.

    “These are the players who make mistakes but these are the players who win you matches as well. As a team, we need to be united and support him and that’s exactly what we’re doing.

    Anyone can drop a catch. If we keep remembering these instances, we’re never going to be able to move on. So we have to try and work on our mistakes and hopefully, they won’t be repeated.”

    As calls grow for the selection committee and team management to discard Kamran after frequent mishaps in key games, Pakistan’s persistence with him continues to puzzle all. Misbah, however, termed him a ‘key member’ of the squad, one that will, hopefully, make a strong comeback.

  4. #4 by khansahab on March 11, 2011 - 10:52 PM

    Please check out our new page “Poll: cricket WC” and vote.

    Keep visiting this page to see who thinks which team can win the WC.

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  5. #5 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:04 AM


    I am unfortunately having very limited time tomorrow, notwithstanding the quip from Javed Khan we all have limited time in the world, this is more of a mundane things not philosophical variety 🙂 I am not even going to be able to watch most part of the game tomorrow, but I will check in and comment when I can.

    My preview is this: India need to show that they are serious contenders for WC by winning against SA, that too convincingly. They need to show that the 3-2 defeat to SA in their home was due to having a weaker team.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 3:14 AM

    There is a big demand to play Ashwin in place of Chawla and we have to see how Dhoni & Co. will come up and what they will decide? I think SA will not play like they played against England, if India wants to win they have to fight hard to win, there will be no gifts in a silver platter.

    Regarding Kamran Akmal, now the whole team, management and the experts are behind him and they want to play him again! His brother Chhotta has indicated that he is not happy if you drop my Bhaiyya. Even if he plays he may not perform. This is real Harami Pun and I wonder how this thing is tolerated?

    Australia did not tolerate Andrew Symonds tantrums, he was such a good player and a threat to many teams, especially Pakistan but, he is made redundant and his cricketing career is over. Kamran on the other hand has support from every corner, what kind of country and people are these?

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 8:53 AM

    Good Moaning guys 😉

    India won the toss and elected to bat first. Did I hear correctly? I mean Ravi Shastri while talking to MS Dhoni said, “Well Gautam….what’s the side for today?”

    Chawla out, Munna Bhai inn.
    Imran Tahir rested, Bootha in.

  8. #8 by amir on March 12, 2011 - 9:00 AM

    Protea fan all the way c’mon proteas win or lose we are always behind u.

  9. #9 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:02 AM

    Sehwag hits the first ball for 4, it was not a particularly easy ball to play.

    Styen retaliates with two good balls.

    Nagpur crowd is very loud and the commentators are having to shout.

  10. #10 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:04 AM


    You need to contribute today to this live coverage.

  11. #11 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:05 AM

    This South African commentator really annoys me, I think it is Pat Symcox but I am not too sure.

  12. #12 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:07 AM

    Van Wyk misses a catch- it was similar to Akmal’s missed chance and it must be an enormous relief for Akmal.

    However, this time was ball whizzed past Van Wyk whereas Akmal’s chance was a dolly.

  13. #13 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:09 AM

    Good toss to win for Dhoni, SA will find chasing 250 difficult because of India’s spin attack.

    Good move to drop Chawla because Yuvraj is in form.

  14. #14 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:11 AM

    Not a good start for SA, missed catch and then 4 overthrows.

    Tendulkar is connecting to the ball well.

  15. #15 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:13 AM

    4 wides now!!!!

    Poor start for SA.

    Steyn under pressure.

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:19 AM

    Is Kamran Akmal playing for South Africa? I saw a simple catch went past between the keeper and the first slip, it was a simple regulation catch, similar to the first one that Ross Taylor offered, the one went between Kamran Akmal and Younus Khan. This one went between the keeper and Graeme Smith.

    India off on a flying start, Sehwag’s strategy on hitting a four on first ball has so far been successful, he has hit a four on the first ball he faced in every single match he played. India 27/0 in 3.5 overs.

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:22 AM

    Tendulkar’s unofficial review confirmed that he was OUT lbw, but the Proteas did not appeal assuming it was going down the leg side, more importantly it was Simon Taufel and they were kinda intimidated by his decisions. Taufel has a reputation to be fair and he is generally very correct. Now, the SA team regrets why they did not ask for a review?

  18. #18 by amir on March 12, 2011 - 9:23 AM

    sehwags day so far missed catch and lbw review nt taken by sa.

  19. #19 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:24 AM

    was it Sehwag or Tendulkar (lbw) ? I need to focus more on the game than on the computer. So me goes back to the TV.

  20. #20 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:25 AM

    Steyn looks really worried for some reason. I don’t know why he is under so much pressure.

    He has bowled some good balls, and they have been defended. He just needs to keep the same line and length.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:29 AM

    Sehwag on rampage, dealing in fours, Bharat Aakramnd pay, 46/0 in 6 overs. It is ALL Sehwag in Nagpur

  22. #22 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:33 AM

    Carnage in Nagpur, Sehwag has been favoured by luck and by some under pressure SA bowlers.

    He is the type of batsman who will just take the game away from you.

    If India dent SA’s confidence the way England did then I am sure they will not be able to rise and reach the final.

    Maybe SA are just unlucky chokers.

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:33 AM

    Sehwag riding on lady luck’s back 😉 Skied up a ball off Kallis it landed in no-man’s land ended up as a four. India 53/0 in 6.5 overs, Sehwag 37/34 ……… in fact it is 57/0 in 7 overs. Are they going to break their own record of 81 in 10 overs……? This is Gavaskar’s question 😀

  24. #24 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:37 AM

    What a player, he has drilled that through the mid on region.

    It doesn’t matter if it is Steyn, Morkel- for Sehwag they are all hittable.

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:37 AM


    look at the time of my last comment about luck and yours too…. once again, haan?

  26. #26 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:38 AM

    Javed A Khan

    I was thinking exactly the same thing.

    We are really the same person fooling bloggers for 4 years 🙂

  27. #27 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:39 AM

    Smashed by Tendulkar, it was in the air but safe as a house.

  28. #28 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:40 AM

    The best shot of the day, hit by the best batsman of the modern era.

    Tendulkar drives it back past the bowler.

    What a follow-through.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:40 AM

    What a shot by Tendulkar, the last ball of Monnie Morkel was hit straight like an arrow and India are 70/0 in 8 overs. Gavaskar, your pleasure time is about to come, India will defiNEATly make more than 81 in ten overs.

  30. #30 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:42 AM

    Javed A Khan

    Same comment about that shot at the same time.


  31. #31 by Mohammed Munir on March 12, 2011 - 9:44 AM

    Hi guys,

    Though it’s my WEEKEND, but dropped in just to check out things here.

    Good luck …… India 😉

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:44 AM

    India 77/0 in 9 overs. Sehwag so far highest scorer in this tournament.

  33. #33 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:45 AM

    Munir sahab

    SA are the ones who needed luck and you just wished India luck

    Now SA are definitely going to lose this match.

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:46 AM


    stop copying my comments 😀 Munir, welcome, welcome, good cricket going on at the moment

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:48 AM

    India has scored 87 runs in the first power play once again the highest, what a shot by Tendulkar, he has just hit Styen for a six

  36. #36 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 9:50 AM

    HELLO folks!

    What atmosphere at Jamtha!
    India off to a great start, but its a high scoring pitch!
    Also the other day 320 something wasn’t enough for India against Eng..

    nice thread!

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:54 AM

    Kallis et Tabarnak, Tendulkar is now showing Jacques his place, a great four spoiled his line, length and rhythm after being hit for a four, Kallis bowled a wide ball down the leg side. The SA bowlers have bowled too many wides, a line no ball and over throws. Too many extras it means they are nervous.

  38. #38 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:55 AM

    Pawan Chalay Purrwaiyya….. or Jhoolay may Pawan kay aayee bahar

    Welcome to the blog, yeah great cricket at the moment.

  39. #39 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 9:56 AM

    I think SA are a fast bowler short. Tsotsobe did a great job in SA and the SA think tank underestimated his role in the side. Bowling short on these pitches is playing in the hands of Indians.

  40. #40 by amir on March 12, 2011 - 9:58 AM

    smith should had opened with spin lyk previous matches. But any way excellent batting frm indians.

  41. #41 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 9:58 AM

    Thanks Javed sir!

    After a long time got up at 4.00 am!
    Wanna watch a good match, hope we are treated to one!

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 9:59 AM

    Peterson brought in to halt Indian progress but, Sehwag is not affected, he just made some room and hit a four over the extra cover region and that resulted pressure on Peterson, the next ball he bowled was a wide. Sehwag’s fifty came in forty four balls.

  43. #43 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 9:59 AM

    At the moment it is like a minnow team is bowling.

    Will SA be able to recover from this.

    India is playing a T20 game.

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:01 AM

    I agree with you Pawan they should have brought in Tsotsobe who is fast and accurate, they are making same mistake as Pakistan by keeping one fast bowler sit in the dressing room. India has crossed 100 mark in 12 overs

  45. #45 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:02 AM

    I think it is important the openers tell themselves the job isn’t done yet. They have to carry on. Because this is a high scoring pitch – its flat basically, so the Indians should expect a high score. Like I said 320 isn’t enough, especially with pathetic Indian bowling.

  46. #46 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:02 AM


    When Sehwag is on song, even test match looks like a T20 game and Sehwag is not sparing JP Duminy. What a shot.

  47. #47 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:04 AM

    Peterson is bowling dollies at Indians.

    He appears a weak and mediocre bowler.

    SA will say that Van Wyk’s missed catch affected the morale but in reality their spin attack is shit.

    Their team lacks mental strength and are unable to withstand pressure. There is no point having Steyns and Amlas in your team if you’re unable to handle the pressure of playing in India and bowling at Tendulkar and Sehwag.

  48. #48 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:04 AM

    Pawan with Tendulkar at the crease you don’t need to worry about job being done after 100 partnership. He is playing a second fiddle role at the moment because Sehwag as usual has taken the leading role and after him Tendulkar will consolidate the innings and partnerships will evolve around him.

    What a shot by Tendulkar again, straight like an arrow, a second one of his innings.

  49. #49 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:04 AM

    Khansahab, “make no mistake”, this is a high scoring pitch. I expect Nehra and Munafa to get hammered in the same way or may be even worse. I think Dhoni should try Jallad Pathan to bowl his off spin at opening.

  50. #50 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:05 AM

    Nelson on the board, no wicket yet and hope they prove David Sheppard wrong 😉

  51. #51 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:07 AM

    What a catch that would have been, fantastic effort.

    Tendulkar is on 49 from only 31 balls!!

  52. #52 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:07 AM

    Is that an LBW????

    It was pitched on leg I think.

  53. #53 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:08 AM

    DRS asked for Tendulkar’s lbw………. let us see what happens next? I think Tendulkar is OK

  54. #54 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:08 AM

    Going down the leg side.

  55. #55 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:08 AM

    Sehwag – he is indeed on a roll, but I don’t expect much from him – because he gives away his wicket so many times just like that – soft dismissals.

    Peterson – He is a lollypop bowler. I remember Lara destroying him during his initial career. He was demoralized mentally. And he hasn’t improved tremendously this world cup – the only weapon he has against Indians is Indian batsmen getting complacent against his so called spin bowling

  56. #56 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:08 AM

    Peterson, you will not get Tendulkar out easily if you bowl shit like that.

  57. #57 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:08 AM

    Oh yeah he is not out, the ball missed the leg stump by miles. SA must be wooing for not appealing the first one, when the batsman was plumb.

  58. #58 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:09 AM

    It was not out even at first look.
    Peterson made hawa out of nothing.

  59. #59 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:09 AM

    Duminy and Peterson are like a school team attack 🙂

    A paindoo from streets of Karachi can bowl better than that.

  60. #60 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:10 AM

    Did I just write Tendulkar playing second fiddle role? He scored his 50 faster than Sehwag ……….. 50 in 33 balls. The last three balls he negotiated in fours.

  61. #61 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:11 AM

    Isn’t Imran Tahir a reject from Pakistan? lol

  62. #62 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:12 AM

    Tendulkar did play second fiddle – it was Sehwag who set the tone, Javed

  63. #63 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:12 AM

    Pawan yeah he is and SA are hiding him against India, just like Baw Mendis was kept as a secret weapon. Reportedly they want to play him against India IF and WHEN they meet again in the KO stage

  64. #64 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:13 AM

    I remember some uncouth kids near my flat in Karachi who used to play cricket on the street everyday, they can bowl better in their sleep than this Duminy and Peterson.

  65. #65 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:13 AM

    Looks like SA was waiting for India to make mistakes

  66. #66 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:14 AM

    Indeed Khansahab, I can understand that completely.

  67. #67 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:14 AM


    Not only Tendulkar’s strike rate is better than Sehwag but, he played more elegant cricketing shots than Sehwag who used mostly brutal force. Tendulkar’s two straight fours and a six were effortless and stylish.

  68. #68 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:15 AM

    For an oldy like Tendulkar, he isn’ doing a bad job!

  69. #69 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:16 AM


    Bhaiyya jara blog par toh aa jao.

  70. #70 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:17 AM

    What a shot

    Tendulkar you are the best

    Absolutely smashed,

    That is like Afridi when he comes out and just smashes that

  71. #71 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:17 AM

    Sehwag is looking increasingly uninterested. Very bad from Indian perspective. He needs to keep focus.

    As I wrote this – Tendulkar smoked a six – don’t care who the spinner is.

  72. #72 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:18 AM

    Pawan then you must tell this to our Old Lady Miss Bah ……………… who is too slow, he managed only 7 runs in 31 balls.

    Whaooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo what a six, Duminy will not be able to sleep tonight. Tendulkar on rampage.

    At this rate India can make 350 plus.

  73. #73 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:19 AM

    India shouldn’t lose perspective and become complacent – but this is a dream start – no doubt about that. Not many teams in this WC can boast of having such powerplayers at the top.

  74. #74 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:20 AM

    Ravi Shastri suggesting for a batting power play now! Not a bad idea I must say

  75. #75 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:21 AM

    Why is Peterson over reacting everytime he bowls? Does he think he is about to take wicket every ball because of his bowling?

  76. #76 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:21 AM


    They have made it look so easy.

    They have not taken extravagant risks.

    When pacers were bowling luck was favouring them but now against these spinners it is just cannon fodder.

    Steyn and Morkel can at least get some relief that it won’t get any worse than this for them.

  77. #77 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:22 AM

    Javed, Misbah comes in at the middle order, one needs to consolidate at that time

  78. #78 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:22 AM

    After a fine and delicate late cut fir 2, Sehwag smashed Peterson for a four, Amla nearly crashed at the advertising hoardings, they must remove those ad. boards from there.

  79. #79 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:23 AM

    Powerplay at this time would be bad because it is too much hitting at the moment and they wouldn’t care if they don’t do a great job in the powerplay – especially Sehwag

  80. #80 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:23 AM

    Pawan, you are a very good diplomat yaar. 😀

  81. #81 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:25 AM

    Van Wyck Akmal dropped another catch of Sehwag off Bootha……… a thick edge straight on to the keeper’s glove who could not hold on to it.

  82. #82 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:25 AM

    I don’t know whether that was a dropped catch off Botha?

    The South Africans are definitely missing Boucher who was not just a good keeper but also a good batsman under pressure.

  83. #83 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:25 AM

    Nahi yaar Javed, look at Dhoni – he used to play like hell agressive – but when he comes in middle overs he calms down and plays sedate innings. Someone has to do that. But I agree one needs big shots in his repertoire

  84. #84 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:26 AM

    lol @ van wyk AKMAL

  85. #85 by Mohammed Munir on March 12, 2011 - 10:27 AM

    Nice to see all the old criminals (Purany Paapi) 😉 on LS today.

    This is murder for SA.

  86. #86 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:27 AM

    Mais Oui Francois du Plessis maintenant ……… let us see what he can do? What a shot but only one run.

  87. #87 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:27 AM

    I simply LOVE to look at Robin Jackamans face when his team is getting stripped

  88. #88 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:28 AM

    So far du Plessis has seemed the best spinner.

  89. #89 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:28 AM

    See guys I told you – Sehwag has lost concentration

  90. #90 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:28 AM

    Just as I praised du Plessis he bowls Sehwag.

  91. #91 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:29 AM

    Pawan if you can see Ijaz’s Butt, it is like Robin’s Jackass……… BOWLED him, Du Plessis dit c’est mon plasir………. Sehwag out.

  92. #92 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:29 AM

    That guy is Jackman then, I thought it was Symcox. Still he is less annoying than Gavaskar.

  93. #93 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:29 AM

    Now the struggle begins – hope Gambhir doesn’t take too long to settle in.

  94. #94 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:30 AM

    I think if India had taken the batting power play Smith may have gone to his fast bowlers and this wouldn’t have happened. I believe in aggressive cricket and I supported Ravi Shastri’s idea. I still believe he was right.

  95. #95 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:30 AM

    Who the hell is Du plesis?
    Never heard about him before

  96. #96 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:31 AM

    Javed, I think Sehwags wicket was due – power play or no power play – he was gonna get himself out

  97. #97 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:31 AM

    I would have sent Pathan or Yuvraj- why send a less aggressive batsman at this stage?

    Dhoni could have afforded to send a pinch hitter now, why let the run rate decrease when this is the best start India could have hoped for?

  98. #98 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:31 AM

    At least Gambhir gets time to strike around and take some singles until he settles in

  99. #99 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:32 AM


    Robin is very biased whereas, Gavaskar is stupid at time but he is not that bad imo. Anyways, Pawan Du Plessis has proved that India has this vulnerability against new and unknown bowlers.

  100. #100 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:33 AM

    Jallas Pathan was sent in the last game and he simply didn’t look like he could do a finishers job. Other than that Khansahab it is just the 18th over – we still have loads of time. Also Gambhir is useless after Yuvraj.

  101. #101 by Mohammed Munir on March 12, 2011 - 10:33 AM

    JackAss and SymCocks … What a Jodi. 😉

  102. #102 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:33 AM


    “I am agree” avec toi Vichaar on sending YKP or UV………….. and now I need a short break so you please carry on for a while sans moi. 😀

  103. #103 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:34 AM

    Indian bollywood stars basking in the stadium. They look as stupid as they are.

  104. #104 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:35 AM

    Nice agression from Gambhir
    Good to see that

  105. #105 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 10:36 AM


    On your Jodi, there is an expression:

    Allah nay banayee Joree
    Ek Andhaa Ek Koree

    Koree = Albino people.

  106. #106 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:36 AM

    I agree with Khansahab – Gavasker is biased. There is no doubt about it. He was known to be eccentric even before he became old.

  107. #107 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:36 AM

    Javed it is Munir’s jodi 😀

  108. #108 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:37 AM

    The best and most unbiased commentators are Holding, Boycott, Shastri and Dean Jones.

    I like Manjrekar too but sometimes he becomes a little biased, I think he momentarily forgets his morale shouldn’t be affected when the going gets bad for India.

    I like English commentators like Gower, Mark Nicholas, Atherton- they criticise England fairly when they play badly and they also praise other teams.

  109. #109 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:39 AM

    Manjreker has some kind of jealousy towards Tendulkar. May be because he was his competitor.
    I used to like Rameez Raja – but I haven’t followed cricket so much in the past few months except playing catch up and reading blogs.
    Mark Nicholas and Tony greg just speak good, but pretty useless and thoughtless.

    IMO Boycott speaks some sense.

  110. #110 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:39 AM

    Gambhir is going on the backfoot too much- why?

    He is having a little trouble negioting the spin out there.

    He should come on the front foot.

  111. #111 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:41 AM

    Too much noise is a definite concentration hindrance

  112. #112 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:41 AM


    I used to like Nicholas a lot when he was covering Channel 4 matches in the UK.

    He also won some award for his broadcasting.

    Tony Grieg is like Rameez- style but no substance.

    You will not think so badly of Rameez because you don’t know he is biased against some players.

  113. #113 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:41 AM

    Only Sachin looks comfortable with so much noise around – not only the SAFs but also Gambhir looks a bit flustered

  114. #114 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:42 AM

    Agreed Khansahab, Gambhir is seriously lacking good footwork

  115. #115 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:44 AM


    I think Marathis are probably the most jingoistic and regional-minded people in India?

    They get upset if someone says, “Bombay” by mistake, they also have strict rules about proceedings in the provincial assemby being conducted in any other language than Marathi.

    They are also very passionate about Tendulkar who is a Marathi.

  116. #116 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:44 AM

    I havn’t heard much from Nicholas, so may be I am not in the best position to comment, but Boycott gives good suggestions. I love the way Sehwag quashed his suggestions though – lol – he made a fool out of all the “technicalities” that Boycott emphasizes.

  117. #117 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:47 AM

    Khansahab, Marathis cannot work in groups and all that regionalism that is shown on TV nowadays is just vote bank politics. A marathi by nature is emotional and that is one reason they look jingoistic and egotists.

  118. #118 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:49 AM

    Concentrate guys – Gambhir and Tendulkar – the job isn’t done yet!

  119. #119 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:51 AM


    There was no need for this dip in run rate from 8.6 to 7 now.

    They should have sent Pathan in, run rate would have been 10 by now.

    He would have feasted on this poor spin attack.

  120. #120 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:54 AM


    I don’t rate Pathan too highly
    His shots are something which “come off”
    I would say he is more like the other Pathan in Pak – Afridi
    Although Gambhir doesn’t look in good touch – he needs to spend time in the middle from the WC’s perspective

  121. #121 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:56 AM

    Agreed though the RR has dipped.
    Someone has to do something about this.

  122. #122 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:56 AM

    Just one run from that over

  123. #123 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:57 AM


    I agree Gambhir needs to build his confidence because he is an important player but when you have such a dream start it is forgivable to take risks like send a pinch hitter before his natural position.

    Anyway the team position is strong, so it is not like they are making 2 runs per over.

    If this was Pakistan I would argue the same- send Razzaq or Afridi, don’t send Misbah or Younis if the start was like this.

  124. #124 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 10:58 AM

    Tendulkar you beauty

    you cant hit more cleanly than that.

    exceptional shot

  125. #125 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 10:59 AM

    Another thing is that Dhoni has become conservative captain.
    That is a but natural thing – Before him Ind was in all sorts of trouble after Ganguly left.
    So initially he was agressive but as time progressed he kept winning matches and in the process instilled in him the “fear of not losing”
    rather fear of “don’t wanna lose”

    I think he should look at Australian captains – the way they are agressive

  126. #126 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:01 AM

    Somehow am liking the look of this ‘new’ Tendulkar.
    He has learnt to shift gears effortlessly – something which he couldn’t afford before the Dhoni era

  127. #127 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:02 AM

    Is that another drop? from Van wyk AKMAL? lol

  128. #128 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:03 AM


    I agree, previously he saw the need to anchor the innings to the end because the team wasn’t that strong, now he takes more risks.

    Which is why even though I agree Tendulkar does not have the same match winning impact like Sehwag on the opposition, he still contibutes significantly to the team’s morale.

  129. #129 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:04 AM

    Tendulkar isn’t helping much for Gambhir – obviously Tendulkar is tired and Gambhir wants some quick singles

  130. #130 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:05 AM


    Sehwag plays on oppositions morale
    While Tendulkar plays on Teams morale


  131. #131 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:05 AM

    Look at Gambhir’s guts; coming down the track to Steyn

  132. #132 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:06 AM

    316 is average score, wow

  133. #133 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:08 AM

    Ian Chappel – why do you need to create competition between Gambhir and Raina? Get a life. Concentrate on your team Sir

  134. #134 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:08 AM

    The problem Steyn is having is if he bowls fuller length on the pads to get LBW or bowled, Tendulkar negotiates that well because he is strong around his pads.

    Whereas Steyn is afraid to give him room outside the off stump, because Tendulkar was certainly drill him though the covers.

    If Steyn bowls short Tendulkar will cut him.

    Therefore Steyn should keep his line on off stump and frustrate SRT.

  135. #135 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:09 AM

    Why to bring Steyn back?

  136. #136 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:10 AM

    Gambhir is struggling

  137. #137 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:11 AM


    If Dhoni had thought aggressively India could have posted 400.

    Look the run rate is dipping, Tendulkar is tired whereas Gambhir is taking time to settle.

    India needed to send Pathan in.

  138. #138 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:12 AM

    Just one run from that over thanks to Gambhir.

  139. #139 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:12 AM

    Yes, Khansahab, Steyn also needs to use the Short ball better against Tendulkar – needs to get it high up there. Although he was hit for a six, thats a wicket taking ball – one an over shouldn’t be a bad ploy

  140. #140 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:13 AM

    Gambhir has lost the plot and Steyn is enjoying this.

  141. #141 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:14 AM

    Steyn is aggressive which is good but he needs discipline, one ball is outside the off stump, other is on the pads.

    He needs to build pressure, this has been a poor bowling performance from him.

  142. #142 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:16 AM

    Khansahab, it is not easy for any player – leave along Pathan to follow suit to Sehwag. Even Sehwag wouldn’t have been able to keep the tempo. This dip was bound to happen. But could’ve been better though. Even then I think this could be a strategy – to say give respect to spinners – and suggest that spinners are kinda threat on this pitch – that will make SA think twice before taking risks Indian spinners, especially Harbhajan.

    Also Gambhir needed this time in the middle.

  143. #143 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:18 AM

    Botha, lol, bowls a full-toss every now and then

  144. #144 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:20 AM


    Yeah and he is their best spinner.

    Wasim and Waqar could win matches without help from spinners but even then they always had a Saqlain, Mushtaq Ahmed, Afridi, Salim Malik etc- bowlers who could take a wicket here and there at worst.

  145. #145 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:21 AM

    Poor ball and Gambhir pulls for four.

  146. #146 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:21 AM


    Regarding the agressive strategy of sending Pathan/Dhoni up the order – I would’ve thought about it had this been the WC final – It doesn’t matter really if India lose this match to be frank with you. They dont have to go all out with their strategy – even SAFs are keeping Tahir safe

  147. #147 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:21 AM

    Gambhir is settled now and it’s not going to get any easier for SA.

  148. #148 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:24 AM

    India are on track for a score of 350.
    They shouldn’t lose track now.

  149. #149 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:25 AM


    I think it matters if India win because if they don’t they might face Australia or Sri Lanka in the quarter finals- these are 2 teams that play well against India.

    Pakistan can also beat India, in WC’s they have been unable to do that but it is possible.

    So I don’t think anyone should take it lightly.

    It is important for SA to win too because they need to show the other teams they can beat India in India.

    Every match in this WC is significant to whatever extent.

    In terms of numbers and statistics the match may not matter but in terms of mental strength, this match is not less than any semi final or final.

  150. #150 by Varun Suri on March 12, 2011 - 11:25 AM

    sorry guys. I woke up from sleep just now and was surprised to see the score which is 215/1 i think 350+ is absolutely must now!
    only then, with the pathetic indian bowling there is a realistic chance of defending the total.

    Temdulkar is making it look so effortless and it feels batting is so easy but then that’s him.

    It’s still not clear about Semi-Final line ups and a lot depends on the few matches coming up, i think from suspense point of view this world cup has been one of the better ones where even at the half way stage we still cannot predict which team is actually looking like winning it!!

  151. #151 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:29 AM


    Agreed this match is important – but not as important as KO or Semifinal or final.
    Think about it – there is no team in the top 8 which cannot beat India on their day – even NZ can.
    Like Varun said, there is no way one can predict who is gonna be playing who at this stage.

    I would rather take on Aussies in the KO- wanna settle some scores – WC 2003 final to be precise

  152. #152 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:30 AM

    Kallis is back after the break.
    He is their partnership breaker

  153. #153 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:33 AM

    LOL du Plessis crashes into the advertising boards.

  154. #154 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:34 AM

    OMG SRT on 96

  155. #155 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:34 AM

    I hate this 100 business

  156. #156 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:34 AM

    The way the crowd roared was like Tendulkar hit a 4 but it was a single

  157. #157 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:38 AM

    Logically, India should try to hit at least a 4 or a 6 every over from now on – that will get them 10 runs an over on an average considering the fact that they have 9 wickets in hand. They will score 150 from here on.

  158. #158 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:40 AM


    90 balls remaining, I don’t think they will score more than 120.

  159. #159 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:42 AM

    Khansahab, that has been one of the big problems of India this WC. The openers have given excellent starts, but the lower order has not been able to keep up the tempo. Well, logic doesn’t always prevail, rather, rarely prevail when it comes to India – Pak

  160. #160 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:42 AM

    SRT on 99, time to bring the fielders in.

  161. #161 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:43 AM

    100 for the great man

    congrats to pawan, varun, 420 and newguy

    the greatest ODI player of all time without a doubt and one of the best all time batsmen.

  162. #162 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:45 AM

    SRT will remain on 99 in terms of centuries.

    I still maintain – Dunno what fascination we have towards that number 100.

  163. #163 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:46 AM

    Khansahab, you don’t have to congratulate us. We have nothing to do with what he has achieved.

    We love these round-figures, don’t we? 100, 50..

  164. #164 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:46 AM


    Bhaiyya iss shatak ko sweekaar kar lo.

    jujbaati honey ki jaroorat nahi hai.

  165. #165 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:48 AM


    Seriously though, I only congratulate you because SRT is a symbol of Indian pride.

    No other reason.

  166. #166 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:48 AM

    lol, dhanyawad Bhaijaan. Hum poori zimmedari ke saath isey sweekar kartey hai

  167. #167 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:50 AM

    Well, SRT is not only India’s pride, am sure everyone who has followed cricket will be proud to watch him

    Regarding this match – now is the time to open up – it is time to shift gears

  168. #168 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:52 AM

    excellent by srt
    he just smashed that

    take that morkel

  169. #169 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 11:52 AM

    I think Tendulkar needs to calm down – need him till the end – should let Gambhir take the risks

  170. #170 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 11:55 AM


    Although I am neutral in this match I am happy because India has played so well.

    This is primarily because someone needed to show the SA bowlers their weaknesses, Steyn and Morkel had become very arrogant.

    It is also good for other teams to see that one of the tournament favourites- SA, can be destroyed like that.

    India was always going to be a strong team at home so had they lost in this match it would not have been that great a deal, but it is important at this stage that South African morale is being destroyed.

  171. #171 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:02 PM

    lol what is happening? Run out chance/s?

    Somehow I feel SAF come well prepared, but they are stubborn in their strategies and hence not able to think on their feet if their plans go awry. That is why they choke. This WC they have come prepared that they will have spinners as their strike bowlers, especially Tahir, I feel they are over reliant on him – mentally for this WC. But Smith has to understand that sub-continent pitches or rather any match, situation is different. There is no way in the world one can get all the strategies to work. One has to think on his feet.

    While the sub-continent teams rely on “thinking on their feet” simply because they don’t prepare as much. And hence they prevail in big matches – especially Pakistan.

  172. #172 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:07 PM

    That is what I was talking about – a short ball outside off stump at Steyn/Morkels pace – is difficult for any player to pull to midwicket

  173. #173 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:11 PM

    As like against England – India is losing the plot in the final overs – the projected score now goes back to 320

  174. #174 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:17 PM

    good tactic to bring botha in for yuvraj- yuvraj has a weakness against spinners

    but as i type this yuvraj has hit him for a 6

  175. #175 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:23 PM

    Yuvraj and Dhoni need to stay at the wicket till at least 47th over. I don’t care even if they score 6 an over

  176. #176 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:26 PM

    Dhoni was defensive early on and is now paying the price.

    He let the run rate slip to 6.5 when he sent Gambhir in to bat and now all of a sudden India think they can get 350+ and are losing wickets.

  177. #177 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:29 PM

    out, Kohli hits back to Peterson.

    This is only because India thought they could get 350 by scoring singles and doubles.

  178. #178 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:29 PM

    That is why getting Gambhir in the 18th over was a justifiable decision.
    Did you see that Khansahab?
    How Yuvraj and Pathan have thrown their wickets?
    They are simply not cut-out for this. They are pressure players.
    If you notice, Yuvraj and Pathan have scored their best when everyone else has failed.
    They like pressure.

  179. #179 by amir on March 12, 2011 - 12:30 PM

    yuvraj gone good batting power play for proteas. India lost 4 wickets for 30. Game on. As i write kohli is gone also . C’mon proteas.

  180. #180 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:31 PM

    I still maintain that the batting powerplay was taken at a justifiable time.
    Imagine had all these wickets gone in the 18th over?

  181. #181 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:33 PM

    It is the job of Shastri to counter the strategies if it fails.
    Jackman will always play his part in demoralizing opposition.

  182. #182 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:34 PM


    I am going to advocate the opposite.

    It was right to send Yuvraj and Pathan in then because they COULD have scored 50 runs in 25 balls and then India would have been well on track to score 350+.

    By letting the run rate dip, letting SA regain confidence, and as usual when Tendulkar gets out there is panic in the team- this is why all these wickets have fallen.

    I think the Powerplay was chosen by India, they thought after scoring at 6.5 they will be able to score 60 runs in the Powerplay but that was just wishing for too much.

    Yuvraj and Pathan would play the same way more or less in any situation, I don’t think Yuvraj is a pressure player necessarily, he has lost India a lot of matches in pressure situations.

  183. #183 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:35 PM

    Hang on JACKASS
    The pitch has deteriorated.
    You will be made to eat your words

  184. #184 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:35 PM

    Finally Peterson is getting the ball to turn, it is bad news for SA batsmen.

  185. #185 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:36 PM

    Hi Guys,

    I was just able to get on and follow the match little bit after Tendulkar got his hundred. Wonderful scoring from both Sehwag and Tendulkar, they needed to do this after the poor show against Ireland and Dutch. I wish I could have watched the early carnage, will have to go to the replay.

    But at this time, India has lost plot. I thought they needed 350 at least, because SA will return the favor in kind when they bat and India cannot defend anything below 300 on this pitch.

  186. #186 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:36 PM

    India are at risk of getting all out and wasting balls at the end like they did against England.

  187. #187 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:38 PM

    Problem is that they are over reliant on Sehwag and Tendulkar, and the minute one of those guys get out after providing a platform the rest are not able to do much.

    Today they send in Pathan early, but I had the feeling he won’t score since they got complacent.

    India also have not figured out yet how to play in the powerplays. This is terrible because it is a weakness for a long time. They keep losing wickets in PP. Dhoni should now stay till the end and make sure at least 320 is on board.

  188. #188 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:39 PM


    The problem with Pathans and Singhs are that they are hot-blooded.
    They get too excited and in their over excitement they are most vulnerable.

    Pathan played all those brilliant innings in SA when ever batsman was out.

    One point in your favor is that .. the pitch has deteriorated significantly and had the PP been taken earlier, this wouldve been avoided.
    Rather more runs wouldve been scored

  189. #189 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:40 PM


    Since the Powerplay business has been introduced we have seen that whenever captains leave the Powerplay to the end in hopes that their batsmen will score at 8+ runs an over, the strategy often backfires.

    NZ were able to score a lot of runs vs Pakistan and I can’t remember whether the Powerplay was in effect at that time, but what NZ did was almost a miracle.

  190. #190 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:40 PM

    I think 350 is the minimum needed and they will not get there.

    Good come back from SA, they held their nerves and held their catches. Now they are fielding well and I am sure they will come out guns blazing.

  191. #191 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:40 PM

    I wonder if we can even get 300 now

  192. #192 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:42 PM

    Perfect yorker to Harbhajan

  193. #193 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:42 PM


    I think it is much more difficult to bat on this wicket that it was when Sehwag and Tendulkar were batting.
    So I think 300 is also a very competitive total.
    The problem is now in the head of Indian players.
    Will they be able to come out of this rut – mentally?

  194. #194 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:43 PM

    Weak shot by Zaheer, shit shot at this stage.

  195. #195 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:43 PM

    I don’t buy much into the pitch deteriorating comment, I think pitch will last for 100 overs. SA has quality batsmen in Amla, DeVilliers, Kallis, Duminy, and lets not forget Smith is due for a performance.

    India lost the plot, Dhoni and Yuvraj should have stayed and played at run a ball until the last 3 overs, to eliminate risk of not getting all out.

  196. #196 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:44 PM

    Pathetic India now looks like not even getting 300, wasting that great start from openers. Indian batting looks like all about Sehwag and Tendulkar with a long tail after that.

  197. #197 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:45 PM


    PP are the thing that has caught off guard everyone.
    Unknowingly it has exposed human mentality/psychology.
    If we don’t get what we expected then there is big disappointment.
    The person/team which prevails is the one who puts disappointment behind and moves on.

  198. #198 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:46 PM

    India should not look to play all available balls and not waste any by getting all out. This match could come down to a small margin.

  199. #199 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:47 PM

    Why is Dhoni leaving strike for Nehra?

  200. #200 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:47 PM


  201. #201 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:47 PM

    My last comment should read “India should look to play all available balls”. Not the opposite as it is written 🙂

  202. #202 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:48 PM

    Couldn’t expect Nehra to bat properly, I don’t know why Dhoni left him to face Steyn

  203. #203 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:48 PM

    Tu chal main aya performance

  204. #204 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:49 PM

    Now Munaf Patel comes in to bat, the only batsman in the team who can match Tendulkar 🙂

  205. #205 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:49 PM

    Pathetic performance. Wasting last 10 overs after having set a great platform by top.

    Dhoni should be kicked for not getting more strike.

    Can someone smack them on the head and say play out 50 overs.

  206. #206 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:50 PM

    Steyn shows he is truly a world class bowler, 5 wicket haul for him, bowled exceptionally at the end.

  207. #207 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:50 PM

    9 wickets have fallen for 29 runs in 9 overs
    JACKASS enjoying!

  208. #208 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:50 PM

    Exceptional comeback for Steyn and SA. 5 wickets.

    29 runs in last 10 overs, and 8 wickets lost. Unbelievable.

  209. #209 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:51 PM

    This is looking like old India when if Sachin was out, we used to switch off TV sets, lol

  210. #210 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:51 PM

    Pawan, all the blame and shame on Dhoni and middle order for giving Jacass the chance.

  211. #211 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:52 PM

    This is what quality bowling is all about. They may get hit around for some time. But they can always hold their nerve and come back, as Steyn and SA bowlers showed.

    SA to win the match with 5 wickets down and 2 overs to spare.

  212. #212 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:53 PM

    So much for getting up at 4.00 am.
    lol on the positive side, at least got to watch the best part of the innings!

  213. #213 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:54 PM

    Pawan, sure might as well turned off TV set when Sachin got out. Indian never gave Tendulkar a team he deserves, a team of supporting players than can take further the opportunities he provides. Like Australia did for Ponting in his peak days.

  214. #214 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:54 PM

    SA will win for sure.
    We need to figure out our death overs – both bowling and batting.
    Can’t let this happen in the KO stages.

  215. #215 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 12:55 PM

    ok folks i am off, will be back in 40 minutes.

    should be a good match

  216. #216 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 12:56 PM

    Hi Guys,

    My last comment for a good while.

    SA will win with 5 wickets down.

    India need to learn a good lesson from playing the last 10 overs repeatedly. They should learn from this and not repeat it in KO stages.

  217. #217 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 12:57 PM


    If you scroll back, I had mentioned number of times, we need to have Sachin till the end.
    Because he not only plays according to the situation, but also counsels the non-striker.
    Did you see how he managed to get out those 60 odd runs from hopelessly out of form Gambhir?

  218. #218 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 1:02 PM

    In many ways the last 10 overs is similar to Pakistan’s against NZ when NZ batted. Pak was in control of game until then and lost plot in final overs, unbelievably allowing 95 runs scored from last 5. India on the opposite direction lost plot with bat and scored 29 runs from last 10 overs. I have never seen such poor batting from India in last 10 overs after they were set at least 4 runs an over score, let alone 6 an over. Much will be written on this by media and questions will be asked of Dhoni.

    Meanwhile, time to applaud SA for their excellent comeback with ball, and if they win this game, this is an excellent proof of how much a quality side they are. I never thought I would say this of SA. Much as a hate it, I think they played brilliant cricket.

  219. #219 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 1:05 PM


    I disagree that Tendulkar should have played 50 overs. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching him play, never get tired because he creates such good cricketing shots. But other sorry losers should learn to do their work and build on the momentum given, instead of having Sachin do all their back room work. Pathetic Dhoni and Yuvraj, scoring 50 against Ireland and Netherlands is not enough.

  220. #220 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 1:28 PM


    Time to watch our bowlers getting whacked
    Nehra is coming back from some injury, so he has got that alibi to hide behind
    Zak is the best bowler in the line up
    Munafa is another in the mould of Irfan Pathan – slow bowler.
    Irfan could at least bat.

  221. #221 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 1:35 PM

    There is just one slip for Nehra
    Dhoni is back to defensive tactics
    Does he think we gonna defend this?

  222. #222 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 1:38 PM

    Again for Zak, only one slip!
    I can’t understand this
    It’s not like SAF are off to a flyer
    Then why not attack?
    What pathetic body language, as if someones died

  223. #223 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 1:41 PM

    After 5 overs SAF 17/0
    Quiet start from SAFs, time for Nehra to fire, been a while since he was whacked

  224. #224 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 1:44 PM

    I predict half centuries for Nehra and Munafa tonight for certain, with one of them going on to get a 70-80
    Since pappu chwala isn’t in the line up tonight, they have to share the burden.
    As I write this, Nehra is getting off his blocks rather quickly feeding to Amla

  225. #225 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 1:50 PM

    Shastri: Harbhajan has a big role to play in this match.

    No. Nehra is there tonight, we will hardly need the non-spinning off spinner.
    So what if he has lately lost his spinning ability – he still bowls leg stumpish.
    Unfortunately pappu isn’t there tonight for the SAFs

  226. #226 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 2:19 PM


    Don’t lose heart, because Kallis is playing a Test match 🙂

  227. #227 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 2:20 PM

    Munaf could have backed up for Virat there but he was very casual.

  228. #228 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:28 PM

    Dhoni it seems loves Nehra, 6 overs on the trot

  229. #229 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 2:32 PM

    That annoying commentator is Mbangwa, not Jackman.

  230. #230 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:38 PM

    Mbangwa wants to create his niche by talking against the Indians
    He wants to sell himself

  231. #231 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:43 PM

    Muafa hasn’t leaked runs yet surprisingly
    Hopefully me jinxing him should do the trick

  232. #232 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 2:44 PM

    Dhoni has introduced Y Pathan so that the other Mullah, Amla, can show him respect 🙂

  233. #233 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:45 PM

    Kamar pe haath Munafa contributes through fielding

  234. #234 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 2:45 PM


    Munaf is a mediocre bowler and a liability in the field. I don’t know why India plays him. He is shit.

  235. #235 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:46 PM

    lol @ Khansahab

    Indians have ensured successfully that kallis comes back to form

  236. #236 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:47 PM


    Munafa is the classic nothing player just in the team to make other average players feel superior

    Overrated Yuvraj is in

  237. #237 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:49 PM

    On other hand, Munafa is better than that khujli wala kutta Sreesanth

  238. #238 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 2:49 PM


    Yes, Mbangwa is biased. I have not heard him praise India. I don’t like his style, again I find very little substance in his commentary. He sounds excited and spirited though.

  239. #239 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:50 PM

    Commentators are blabering anything
    Giving no useful info at all

    Amla’s bald head looks like a very regular sphere – like a tarbooz

  240. #240 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:52 PM

    Dhoni is simply containing
    No innovative captaincy
    Where is your premier spinner Harbhajan on a spinning track?
    Why give spinning practice to SAF before harbhajan?

  241. #241 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 2:53 PM

    So when will Harbhajan be introduced?

    I don’t know whether Dhoni has a lot of faith in Harbhajan’s off spin?

  242. #242 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:53 PM

    Pathan is a useless bowler
    4 an over
    Sehwag is a much better spinner and a thinker

  243. #243 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:55 PM

    Unfortnately Khansahab Harbhajan’s spinning abilities have suffered death long time back
    He no more spins the ball

  244. #244 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 2:55 PM


    I think he wants to use Pathan because his bowling looks so innocuous that he feels batsmen will underestimate him and play a silly shot.

    Otherwise his bowling appears mediocre.

  245. #245 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:55 PM

    The moment ball reaches Munafa, batters think its a 2 at least

  246. #246 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 2:56 PM

    Slow proceedings, typical ODI innings built by these two classic players .. I think the plan is to score in singles and doubles and build a platform, hit the bad balls for boundaries, 297 is chaseable. There is nothing threatening in the Indian bowling.

    I think this partnership goes over 100 runs then SA has upper hand. I still think they will win, Amla / Kallis to play one anchor, then ABD / Duminy to score big shots.

  247. #247 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:57 PM


    The whole bowling lot is mediocre why alone Pathan
    I don’t understand why SAF are not going for the kill?
    Why are they torturing and giving us a slow death
    Come on guys. Do you need a Nehra booster again?

  248. #248 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 2:59 PM

    Am surprised Newguy you still have hopes?
    The moment we didn’t reach 300, the match was over.
    Because there is no spinner in the team.
    Ask Bedi, even he rates Sehwag better than anyone currently.
    And Sehwag is suffering with shoulder injury

  249. #249 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 3:01 PM

    Dhoni looks pissed off with Tendulkar
    It seems he didn’t wanna take PP when Sachin took it
    I got that feeling somehow Dhoni wanted to delay it..

  250. #250 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 3:03 PM


    India may win this WC, but in the long run they need to decide what they need to do with bowlers like Munaf and Nehra.

    Nehra can bowl quickly and he can swing but in every match he gives 5+ runs an over.

    Even if the conditions are assisting swing Munaf is so slow that the batsmen work him out.

    I know India has not produced many excellent fast bowlers but surely there must be better bowlers than these.

    Wasn’t Irfan Pathan better than the two?

  251. #251 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 3:05 PM

    I agree with Ganguly.

    SA are batting just too slow.

    They need boundaries now because otherwise they will never be able to chase this target.

  252. #252 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 3:05 PM

    Towels were handed out to the bowlers and a few fielders so that the dew factor can then be mentioned as a possible cause of failure.
    Incredible strategy.

  253. #253 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 3:09 PM

    Dropped catch by Yuvraj Singh.

    I can’t believe he dropped that.

    I can’t also believe that SA didn’t run 2 on that reverse sweep.

  254. #254 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 3:13 PM

    There you go, Harbhajan gets Amla.

    Setback for SA.

  255. #255 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 3:14 PM

    The ball stuck in Dhoni’s hand, poor guy

  256. #256 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 3:15 PM

    SAFs MVP out there

  257. #257 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 3:18 PM

    Munafa is back to give confidence to the new batsman

  258. #258 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 3:24 PM

    The Indian fielders accompany the ball to the ropes

  259. #259 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 3:26 PM

    Considering the fact that Harbhajan is doing a good job of maintaining the run rate for SAF, we don’t need Munafa, so he goes out and Yuvraj comes in

  260. #260 by Mohammed Munir on March 12, 2011 - 3:30 PM

    Hi again guys,

    This one seems like a strange game. 🙄

    First India messed it up after a great start and now it looks as if SA is in no mood to win it. 😉

    This World Cup have too many doubtful games happening here. 😦

  261. #261 by Mohammed Munir on March 12, 2011 - 3:36 PM

    Khansahab …

    It think you were right that Umer Akmal is once again faking an injury to avoid keeping in place of his ‘Wada PaiAan’.

    Shame on them both for blackmailing Team and PCB in the middle of a tour. 😦

  262. #262 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 3:44 PM

    Munir sahab

    The first time it happened, it was in very suspicious circumstances.

    This time I am not sure whether he is really faking it.

  263. #263 by Mohammed Munir on March 12, 2011 - 3:44 PM

  264. #264 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 3:45 PM

    DeVilliers is the danger man for India. He will take SA very close to the target if not dismissed soon.

  265. #265 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 3:47 PM

    That might be out.

  266. #266 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 3:50 PM

    Run out, there was no need to run for that but welcome wicket for India.

  267. #267 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 3:50 PM

    Munir sahab

    That news is surprising but not so surprising at the same time….

  268. #268 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 3:57 PM

    Nehra back with a bang
    MoM for SAF

  269. #269 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 4:12 PM

    Gifts from Munaaf

  270. #270 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 4:22 PM

    Good catch by Kohli.

    Match again evenly poised

  271. #271 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 4:32 PM

    Kohli used abusive language as soon as he took the catch.

    Now Harbhajan swore when he got Duminy out.

  272. #272 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 4:39 PM

    Jackman, Mbangwa, Gavaskar, Akram, Ramiz Raja etc- this is the worst WC commentary panel.

  273. #273 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 4:57 PM

    Patel’s mediocrity means SA are in a winning position.

  274. #274 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 4:58 PM

    As I criticised Patel he has got Botha.

    Bad shot from Botha.

    Match down to the wire.

  275. #275 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 5:11 PM

    India must be hating Nehra for bowling on leg stump.

  276. #276 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 5:11 PM

    Is this the end of Munaf and Nehra’s careers?

  277. #277 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 5:18 PM

    South Africa has crowned India with a CHOKERS TAG. I don’t understand how Indian batsmen can play like that? This is not the first time they lost wickets in heaps and bounds, against England too they got out in similar fashion. In the end the better team won.

    Zaheer bowled an excellent 49th over gave only 4 runs and Nehra ruined it with a 4,6,2 and a 4 to end the match.

  278. #278 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2011 - 5:24 PM

    I am still baffled at India’s batting, 9 batsmen out within 30 runs?
    Imagine if Pakistan had gotten out in this fashion and lost this match like India did, what would have been the headlines?

    India certainly needs to look into their batting too. Dhoni should not be proud that he is STILL NOT OUT in this tournament. What is his contribution? Just a few runs labelled with a NOT OUT tag? His captaincy was pretty mediocre. I thought he would bring in Harbhajan Singh in the last over, but he wanted to avoid criticism of using a spinner in the 50th over i.e., in case Harbhajan got thrashed like Nehra.

    Harbhajan would not have given so many runs like Nehra, but that was Dhoni’s decision.

    Now the group standings have changed and it would be interesting who would be meeting who in the KO stage?

  279. #279 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 5:27 PM

    I missed most of SA innings, but tracked scores and saw only the last 3 hits, which kind of summarized game for India. They deserve to lose, and not win after having played so pathetically in the end.

    It’s official, India are the new CHOCKERS!!!

  280. #280 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 5:31 PM

    India’s bowling has been exposed.

    Also India’s lack of mental strength has been exposed.

  281. #281 by Mohammed Munir on March 12, 2011 - 5:37 PM


    What a game, WHAT A GAME.

  282. #282 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 5:44 PM

    Well, to be honest, I didn’t give India a chance after 296 on board despite the pitch being somewhat uneven.

    3rd grad bowlers like Nehra and Munafa should never be in the team. I mean the opposition needs 13 off the last over and what kinda bowls are you bowling? Ridiculous. At least my predictions of 60-70 odd for Nehra and Munafa came out well 🙂

    R.Ashwin should be in the team from the first match.
    He is a pressure bowler a very good fielder and a decent batsman.
    He has done exceedingly well in IPL, where spinners are cannon fodder.

  283. #283 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 5:49 PM

    Thanks guys for covering this match live — Khansahab and Javed

    It was fun to watch the Indians bat and then to enjoy talking crap about the bowling 🙂

    Overall a fascinating match.

  284. #284 by Pawan on March 12, 2011 - 5:51 PM


    India’s bowling was always exposed 🙂

    We are like the Robinhood Pandey, jo ameero se run lete hai (by batting well against good bowling teams) aur gareebo ko woh run baatatey hai on silver platter 😀

  285. #285 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 5:59 PM


    If Nehra and Munaf are in the team then India should forget about winning the WC.

  286. #286 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 6:03 PM

    This is what the chutiya Dhoni said after the game:

    The second powerplay, what is important is you don’t play for the crowd you play for your country. We should have batted the full fifty overs.

    I think he was referring to Tendulkar for taking the second PP, guess what he should have taken advantage of PP, and also roated strike instead of exposing the likes of ZAK, Nehra, and Munna to Steyn. Does he even have 1/10 qualifications to criticize Sachin, who batted like the champion he is and gave the game to India on a platter, only to be dropped by Dhoni, Yuvraj, and the rest.

    Nehra is a wreck and he should have never been in the team in first place.

    Dhoni is delusional, and he has a problem admitting his mistakes. First he keeps Chawla match after match even when knowing he cannot bowl, then he keeps Nehra and gives him last over, despite being expensive and looking like a wreck.

    Zaheer is the best and only bowler India got, and Tendulkar / Sehwag is the only two batters India have. Rest are crap.

    India will not win the WC, this is sure. But what ever happen, Dhoni must go. He has become too arrogant and he is running out of ideas. Dhoni should go back to his normal place of a wicketkeeper batsman. He is doing the job of WK / batsman well and he should be there, not a superstar and captain.

  287. #287 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 6:05 PM


    It’s not Nehra and Munaf, so long as Dhoni is captain India won’t win. He is the one making wrong team selections and poor thinking to lose games given on a platter by opening batsmen. But I agree Nehra and Munaf are club level. To answer you question whether Irfan is better or at least par, I guess he is, anyone would be at this point.

  288. #288 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 6:13 PM

    I don’t see India recovering from this mental blow. Even after having a start like what was given by Sehwag / Tendulkar scoring at 8 an over for about 17 overs, they lost the game. Even after scoring 338 against England they almost lost the game. Even after scoring 370+ against Bangladesh they gave away too many runs. Against Ireland and Netherlands they huffed and puffed to chase modest totals.

    I think the Indian camp is boiling over, there are so many things going under cover, I get the feeling the players are not gelling well and there are issues. Players are under huge pressure and they are not going to be able to cope up. India will finish out in KO, most likely QF and not even Semi.

    In my view this is not so bad. This Indian team do deserve to win. I am probably most neutral of Indian supporter being away for so long, not being an Indian citizen, and being able to enjoy games without nationalistic fervor. When I say even if this team wins I don’t get the good feeling about them that means they are not a good team, just a bunch of divas, a set of billboard jokers earning millions.

    I think SA and Australia are the teams to beat in this competition, and my money is on one of them.

  289. #289 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 6:19 PM


    It is all about pressure management and also expectation management.

    Everyone was saying that India’s biggest problem is that they will be expected to win every match. This obviously includes matches against top teams as well.

    They can’t win matches against top teams with this bowling attack- they have Sreesanth who on his day can be more effective than Nehra/Munaf but then on another day he can be more expensive than them as well.

    India’s leg spinner Chawla is out of form and the part timers Pathan and Yuvraj will not perform in every match.

    So there is a serious deficiency in bowling and this might cost India the WC. There is no point in your batsmen giving you a score of 300 if your bowlers are not good enough to defend it.

    All of a sudden this seems like the Indian team of 1990s.

    I am writing all this because I have just checked the Indian squad and the only other fast bowler they have is Sreesanth.

    It is better to use Chawla over Nehra I suppose, Munaf is marginally better than Nehra because Munaf can get 1 or 2 wickets in the death overs.

  290. #290 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 6:39 PM

    Ramiz Raja has blabbed saying that India lost because Tendulkar had records in his mind and was not playing for the team.

    This MF had seriously crossed the line this time.

    I agree with this point that Javed A Khan and Sagaat have advocated on this blog that Sehwag is superior to Tendulkar when it comes to affecting the opposition’s morale.

    BUT that is slightly different to overall match winning ability.

    Tendulkar scored a 50 in 32 balls today, he toyed with the best pace attack in the world and he does not deserve this kind of remark from a mediocre former cricketer. Also, this remark is out of place because SRT was today batting in the 1st innings- it is not like India was chasing and he was playing selfishly.

    33 centuries of his in ODI have resulted in India winning the ODI.

    13 centuries have been scored in those matches India has lost.

    So Pawan, you still think Ramiz is a good commentator? 😉

  291. #291 by Mohammed Munir on March 12, 2011 - 6:41 PM

    Not a good thing, but it is true. 😦

    Sachin scored 2 centuries in this World Cup so far and both the games India could not win.

    All other games India won. 😉

  292. #292 by khansahab on March 12, 2011 - 7:27 PM

    I have read this on a different blog and I agree with this, that the only team which has so far looked convincing is Australia.

    Now they are definitely the favourites to win.

    Their biggest competitor is SA.

  293. #293 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 9:12 PM


    I am not going to defend Sachin, because he doesn’t need to be defended, it was purely a top class innings from him against the best fast bowling attack in the world, period. He put the opposition under serious pressure, lower order could not capitalize, bowling / fielding and an unimaginative captain gave it away on a silver plate. Simple as that. As for records, he score 100 in 90 balls, any day you score a hundred at that strike rate that means your team is on top, but if bowlers and fielders give it away Sachin in not god to come in a take 5 wickets too. What should be do next, score 300 runs by himself, now that he proved by scoring 200 runs. No matter what some people will always say this whenever India loses, long after Sachin is gone. I won’t care what Rameez or some other guy will say because none of them can ever dream of the things he has done. The problem has always been that Tendulkar is playing for a mediocre team like India and he has lifted them so much.

    Do you all think that Dhoni has finally run out of luck? he is not captain cool anymore, he looks stressed.

    Today he gave last over to Nehra who gave away 10 runs in 2 balls to a lower order batsman when 13 was needed. Against England he gave last over to Munaf with 14 needed and he was hit for a six by a tail ender and he gave 13 runs. Where is his lucky star now? It started in 2007 T20 WC when he gave last over to Joginder Sharma with 13 or so needed in last over with a set top order batsman on strike, it worked out when Joginder he 5 runs short of a win, he has given last over Irfan Pathan one time with 13 needed in last over and won the game. Has he lost that? I guess luck comes a full circle with passage of time

  294. #294 by newguy on March 12, 2011 - 9:22 PM

    This should be the end of road for Nehra, he must no play any further games in this WC. I prefer Ashwin and Sreesanth in place of Nehra and Munaf. This is a much better combination as Sreesanth can take wickets. We saw today even Steyn and Morkel leaked runs by the bucket, but they came back and got wickets. A wicket taking bowler even he leaks runs sometimes is better. Sreesanth played one game so far and the case against him seems to be that one over where he went for 24 runs. Today even Morkel and Steyn were hit for 14 runs and 16 runs per over early on. This should not be reason to hold Sreesanth the Bander. He must play next game, so should Ashwin who is a really intelligent bowler.

    In batting, Kohli is wasted down at #6, Suresh Raina must play, Raina can certainly boost lower order as he is a clean striker of the ball. If Kohli plays it should at #4 and in place of Yuvraj. Since Yuvraj bowls a bit then may be he should play and Raina should come in at #6.

    Three changes then, Sreesanth, Ashwin, and Raina.

    This is the best chance for India in knockout.

  295. #295 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2011 - 12:19 AM

    I heard from an Indian guy that Nehra was recommended by a Minister from Delhi to be included in the squad, originally they were not considering him but because of Praveen Kumar’s absence they did. So, this is what happens when you include SIFARISHI players in the team. Nehra with a mouth full of teeth was blushing after being dispatched for a four and a six in two balls.

    Dhoni’s post match comments were very stupid, I am sure in the next matches the crowd is going to BOO him when he will come to bat, he has so far remained not out in this tournament with scores of 4, 6, 8 and 12 is he competing with Gavaskar in creating records?

    Yuvraj has seldom delivered the goods when it is needed most, he got MoM award for 5 wickets and 50 runs – a record for Gavaskar – and that match wasn’t as important as this one, here the points will change in the group and it may even be possible that Pakistan with pathetic performances might meet India in quarterfinals. I hate to see them playing against each other except for the finals. YKP also followed Yuvraj’s pursuit and got out on a duck.

    IF Dhoni thinks that he is not playing for the crowd but for the country, then why on earth he and his team (with the exception of Sehwag and Tendulkar) choked? Was it crowd pressure or was it country’s pressure? I think it was BOLLYWOOD “Ektresses and Aikastras” pressure that he couldn’t score and remained not out.

  296. #296 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2011 - 12:23 AM


    As regards the conflict in the team, I dunno if you guys observed or not? When Zaheer Khan was bowling, Tendulkar was talking to him like Afridi was talking to his bowlers and Zaheer bowled according to a plan and gave only 4 runs in the penultimate over, whereas, when Dhoni gave the ball to Nehra instead of Harbhajan, I saw Tendulkar distanced himself and never came near to Nehra. Also, there was no chance to talk to him, first ball went through Dhoni’s legs with an inside edge for a four. The second ball was dispatched into the crowd for a six, the match was already over by then. I noticed when the players were walking back to the pavilion Tendulkar was far away from Dhoni. I think Dhoni considers himself way above others including Tendulkar which is very stupid of Dhoni.

  297. #297 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2011 - 12:34 AM


    Ramiz Raja is a Pukka Chutiyum Sulphate and a Bhosrium Bromide to talk about Tendulkar in that fashion. What else can Tendulkar do besides batting splendidly? It is the job of the other batsmen like Yuvraj, YKP, Kohli and the bowlers to do their job. They want a win on a silver platter and expect it to come from Tendulkar, that he should score a hundred and also take a few wickets, that is not possible.

    Munaf at best can only bowl straight deliveries and the SA batsmen were milking singles and twos with occasional boundaries so, he was not effective at all. I wonder what kinda replacement Dhoni made by dropping Chawla? Everyone thought that it would be Ashwin but, Dhoni chose Munna Bhai Patel. And, the last over by Nehra was suicidal for India.

  298. #298 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2011 - 12:39 AM

    DAWN newspaper has published some stats on strength and weaknesses of major teams, I am copy pasting below only about Pakistan and India:

    Lower middle order: High average (28.0) and strike rate (94.2)
    Spin bowling: Good economy (4.1) and average (16.7)

    Batting: Poor average (28.5) and run rate (5.3)
    Openers: Poor average score each (11.6), strike rate (62.4) and partnership average (15 runs)
    Middle order: Poor strike rate (74.6)
    Powerplay while batting: Poor average runs per dismissal (27.3)
    Powerplay while bowling: Poor average runs per wicket taken (28.4)
    Backup bowlers: Poor economy (5.1) and strike rate (57.0)
    High extras as a percentage of runs scored (11%)
    Low number of catches per innings (2.3)


    Batting: High run rate (6.1); high average runs per dismissal (46.2), High openers’ strike rate (112.0)
    High powerplay run rate (6.2)
    Strike rate: Fast bowlers (22.3); backup bowlers (42.8)
    Fielding: Catches (16) and run outs (4)

    Bowling: Poor economy (5.2) and average (27.5)
    Poor powerplay economy rate (5.5)
    Spin bowling: Poor economy (5.0), average (55.5) and strike rate (67.0)
    High number of run outs conceded (4)

  299. #299 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2011 - 12:43 AM

    From the above stats on strengths and weaknesses, it is very strange that India is famous for spin bowling and their tracks are tailor made to assist spin bowling and yet spin bowling is also a major weakness in their stats whereas, Pakistan whose fast bowling has always been their major strength is showing an upper hand in spin bowling department and all this is because of only ONE man and i.e., SHAHID AFRIDI.

  300. #300 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2011 - 12:48 AM


    Prior to today’s match between SA and India, the DRS referrals of a few teams were:

    India, six referrals only one successful, 5 went against.
    Ireland ALL SIX referrals were turned down.
    Pakistan, 14 referrals, 10 successful and 4 went against, out of which 2 were made by that stupid Hafeez who, on both occasions after being given plumb LBW immediately asked for a referral which clearly showed that he was plumb out.

  301. #301 by newguy on March 13, 2011 - 3:04 AM


    I won’t be too surprised to learn that Nehara is on team based on sifarish.

    I did notice that Tendulkar and Zaheer were talking before the 48th over, Zaheer bowled to the field and gave 4 runs, where as when Nehra was bowling only Zaheer talked to him from far and Nehra shook his head in agreement, what ever that was, but he bowled crap, actually one was a good inswinging yorker, but the damage was done in first two balls.

    Dhoni has become too dictatorial and he thinks he is above everyone else, which is really a bad sign for a team game.

    I have a strange feeling that Dhoni is under a short timeline as captain and he was told this, win WC and remain captain, lose WC and forget captaincy, something like that I believe is going on.

    As such India is not in bad shape compared to lot of others are also struggling with one or more problems, it can be fixed, but Dhoni’s hard headedness is more worrisome and this cannot be fixed easily.

  302. #302 by Mohammed Munir on March 13, 2011 - 5:41 AM

    LOL @ Chutiyum Sulphate & Bhosrium Bromide. 😆

    Too good. 🙂

  303. #303 by Mohammed Munir on March 13, 2011 - 5:43 AM

    Some of the fans’ comments on Cricinfo, at halfway mark during India’s batting …

    – “Using Richie Benaud’s formula of: Double the score after 32 overs and subtract 10 for every wicket lost – Gives a par score for India of 410 after 50 overs. Anything less than 400 for India would be a disappointment after this rollicking start,” says John.

    – “Lets forget the first 30 overs. What is par for the last 20 with only 1 down. I’d say about 160. That’d give India 360. That’s a really good score,” says Tim. The mandatory ball change has happened.

    – “Still awake here in New Zealand enjoying the batting display. If you add up India’s team batting averages they will only get 321, on average! May beat that this time with 5 to spare,” says John Sawyer.

  304. #304 by Mohammed Munir on March 13, 2011 - 6:22 AM

    India Vs South Africa … The Aftershocks.

     At one point, India were 267 for 1, and they lost 9 wickets on 29 runs only, yes, 9 for 29. 😦

     In his post-match presentation, Dhoni seems to have blamed Sachin for taking batting PP earlier, 38/ 39 over.

     Dhoni said, “what is important is you don’t play for the crowd you play for your country”, dose he mean that Sachin played for crowds when he took batting PP ❓

     Going for a seamer was a better option than a spinner in the last over. It’s known that generally tail-unders find it easier to hit spinners.

     Suresh Raina should play in place of either Yusuf Pathan or Virat Kohli, preferably Pathan.

     Sachin and Zaheer both play for Mumbai Indians and are from Maharashtra State, but this is not the case for Ashish Nehra who is from Delhi.

     So far India have won three games out of five, but all against only the minnows, Bangladesh, Ireland & Netherlands.

     India obviously “Chocked” on two major occasions, against England & SA.

     Indian fans, though passionate, but are more tolerant of their team’s failures, because if Pakistan lost the way India did, Pakistani fans would have been much more vocal in cursing and abusing their team.

  305. #305 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2011 - 6:25 AM


    Right now there is a match going on between Canada and New Zealand and I am thinking of writing a new thread on Canada. I want to highlight the facts that Canadians are very passionate about the game but, the weather seems to be their biggest enemy.

    Your points about India losing the match are well taken and we all agree with that.

  306. #306 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 13, 2011 - 6:41 AM

    We have a new thread on the blog, please comment on the new thread. Thanks

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