WORLD CUP 2011 FINAL LIVE COVERAGE

A battle between two juggernauts for the ultimate cricketing glory

Former Pakistan Test cricketer Mohammad Akram claimed before the World Cup that an Asian team would be bringing the Cup to the subcontinent. His claim has come true now that India and Sri Lanka battle it out on 2 April for what is the biggest prize in world cricket- the World Cup.

How desperately these two sides want to be the world champion will be revealed tomorrow when they go head to head with the newly renovated Wankhede Stadium.

India will as always rely on Sehwag and Tendulkar to give them a flying start. This is the perfect platform for Tendulkar to score a century and add another feather to his cap.  Gambhir, Kohli and Yuvraj will be expected to score runs. Sri Lanka are good players of spin but Yuvraj has been bowling decently against every side so SL will consider him a threat. Zaheer Khan’s role becomes very important and he should play a crucial role.

It remains to be seen whether a low and slow turner is produced by the curator or whether it will be an absolute batting paradise. There are rumours that due to IPL starting very soon, Sri Lankan cricketers might be bribed into underperforming in the final.

Most people consider India to be favourites as they appear to be peaking at the right time. However Sri Lanka has historically played well against India in important games so the slightest lapse in focus of the Indians may mean that Sri Lanka is in a commanding position. India needs to watch out for Malinga’s yorkers and Murali and Mendis.

 

May the best team win.

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  1. #1 by khansahab on April 1, 2011 - 9:44 PM

    new thread

  2. #2 by khansahab on April 1, 2011 - 9:52 PM

    Yousuf praises Afridi’s captaincy

    KARACHI:

    Inspired by Shahid Afridi’s captaincy in the World Cup, former captain Mohammad Yousuf believes the all-rounder gelled the team well throughout the tournament with the semi-final run coming as a result.

    Afridi was confirmed as the team’s captain just days before it left for the World Cup raising questions about the board’s trust placed in the all-rounder.

    “Afridi’s captaincy was impressive throughout the tournament,” said Yousuf. “The decisions he made during the tournament are commendable. Afridi made the team a unit and under him it has been shaped well.”

    ‘Shafiq a welcome inclusion’

    The veteran also praised the performance of middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq in the showpiece event.

    “Shafiq is a good inclusion. In fact his inclusion in the team has resolved Pakistan’s batting problems to an extent. After a long time have Pakistan seen the talent of Shafiq’s calibre. He is technically sound and mentally strong.”

    While commenting on the semi-final loss against India in Mohali, Yousuf said Shafiq’s wicket was crucial as it affected Pakistan’s run-chase.

    “He was playing very well and looked set to score big. However, it was unfortunate to lose him. Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan, on the other hand, were not up to mark as they scored at a slow rate.”

    Yousuf also felt the bowlers did their job but it was their batting that led the team down.

    “India mostly scored over 300 runs in the tournament but our bowlers did a good job by restricting them to a low total. It was mainly Pakistan’s batting performance that was below-par.”

    Meanwhile, Yousuf also admitted that he wished to be part of the team especially when it was in crisis.

    “I wished to perform for the team in the middle-order especially in the match against India.”

    The former captain, however, avoided answering queries regarding his future plans.

    India are favourites

    Giving his view on today’s final between India and Sri Lanka, Yousuf termed the former as favourites to win the World Cup. “India’s batting is very strong and they will be enjoying the home advantage which really matters in such games.”

  3. #3 by khansahab on April 1, 2011 - 9:54 PM

    Afridi is a diehard SRK fan

    While the Indian team was playing against the Pakistan team on Wednesday at the World Cup semi – final, Pak captain Shahid Afridi’s younger brother Javed Afridi was commentating live on a radio station in India.

    As the two teams battled to reach the finals, Javed revealed some lesser known facts about brother Shahid. He said, “Shahid is a huge fan of Shah Rukh Khan. He never misses out on his films and has seen My Name Is Khan at least a dozen times.”

    Javed also revealed that Shahid’s mood dropped when he learnt that SRK won’t be making it to the stadium in Mohali. “Shahid was upset that he missed a chance of meeting SRK. They have met a couple of times before though and he becomes like a star-struck kid every time.”

    The two hot Pathans – Shahid Afridi and Shah Rukh have interacted at an event in Mumbai back in 2009. Back then, SRK had said, “No matter how big a star I become, all the girls keep telling me ‘You are not like Shahid Afridi’.”

  4. #4 by khansahab on April 1, 2011 - 9:55 PM

    I am disappointed Shahid Afridi’s brother was doing commentary for an Indian radio channel.

    The Afridi clan I thought would be the last one to look for jobs in India.

  5. #5 by khansahab on April 1, 2011 - 9:56 PM

    Afridi blasts Shoaib for abrupt retirement announcement

    KARACHI (Reuters) – Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi criticised speedster Shaoib Akhtar for abruptly announcing his retirement from the sport midway through the World Cup.

    The 35-year-old Shoaib, who has had a rocky international career due to run-ins with authorities and disciplinary issues, said he was quitting the sport on March 17 while Pakistan were gearing up for the knockout stages of the tournament.

    I think he should have consulted us properly and made the announcement before the start of the World Cup or after it. His announcement in the middle was bad timing,” Afridi said after returning to Pakistan on Friday.

  6. #6 by khansahab on April 1, 2011 - 10:09 PM

    “I cant understand the approach of people, why we are against india? why there is so much hate for india when we have indian dramas played in every home, our marriage celebrations are done in indian style, we watch all indian movies then why to hate them? Take it as a sports only”: Shahid Afridi

  7. #7 by khansahab on April 1, 2011 - 10:13 PM

    Aamer Sohail ki aadat hai ghatya baatein karney ki: Shahid Afridi

  8. #8 by khansahab on April 1, 2011 - 10:16 PM

    Shahid Afridi was wrong to aim for the semis. He was not psychologically prepared to reach the final: Salman Butt

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 1, 2011 - 10:21 PM

    Spin bowling is the key, they are playing half fit Murali but, with Rangana Herat and Mendis the SL spin attack is better than Indian spin attack. India’s hopes rests on Tendulkar and Sehwag but, Dilshan and Tharanga have also not done badly in this world cup, in fact they have scored top runs.

    On Afridi about Shoaib Akhtar it is like the kettle calling the pot black. Afridi also did that in the UK last year when he resigned from the test captaincy!

    As regards Salman Butt, poor thing feels left out, Shoaib Malik has Sania Mirza to cling on but, Salman is a loner with is Nikki Butt.

  10. #10 by khansahab on April 1, 2011 - 10:23 PM

    Dear bloggers

    For some unavoidable reasons Javed A Khan and I can’t cover the entire match tomorrow although we will contribute whenever we can.

    We hope that Munir sahab will cover it for us and will be assisted by Newguy and Sagaat.

    Hope Pawan, Varun and others also contribute.

  11. #11 by newguy on April 1, 2011 - 11:58 PM

    Hi Guys,

    Final has become anti climatic for me, last game was more like the real final, in fact last two games for India were like finals. Possible reason, India playing Sri Lanka who are a very familiar opponent. Second reason, even though it means a lot to win WC, it doesn’t feel so bad if it is lost to Sri Lanka as opposed to Pakistan, Australia, and South Africa.

    I would like to see a very good match.

    Usually there will be one big performance in the final from one of the players on the winning team. That is the trend in WC finals. We will see wait and who that will be this time.

    I will try to be here to comment .. but I will watching the game.

    Win toss and bat first is the safest strategy to win a final. Team batting first has advantage.

  12. #12 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 4:25 AM

    newguy

    same here, I just came home after a post dinner sitting at one of my friend’s house and we were all discussing about the semifinal and final. They ALL expressed the same feelings as you did that there is no interest in the game because the India Pakistan match was such a high profile match and after it is over, there is no charm left in the final.

    India should win on the following basis:

    1. Technically and on paper they are a better batting side.
    2. It is India’s home crowd and home ground so they have support and they have seldom lost at Mumbai.
    3. To top it up, Murali is half fit. Angelo Mathews is not playing due to injury.

    4. India’s spin bowling is not that good, and their fast bowlers barring ZAK are mediocre, so SL has an edge over India in this dept.
    5. SL openers have a better average than Tendulkar and Sehwag, if SL wins the toss they will bat and team batting second has not scored 250 on this ground.
    6. SL fielding is better than India, except for the one match against NZ, SL fielded poorly otherwise in general they are better than India.

  13. #13 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 6:54 AM

    Afridi lived up to his promise: KCCA chief

    KARACHI: Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) president Syed Sirajul Islam Bukhari on Friday said that Karachi based Pakistan cricket team skipper Shahid Khan Afridi kept his promise of reaching semifinals of World Cup.

    “Shahid Afridi has shown magnanimity by tendering an apology to the nation for the losing the semifinal match India at Mohali,” Siraj said.

    “But we must not forget that he kept his promise, which he made before the World Cup that his side would reach the semifinals,” he added.

    Siraj said that this is the time for looking at the performance of each player instead of writing some of them off.

    He said that Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq could be retained for the Test team, however, it was the time that seasoned all-rounder Abdul Razzaq should be allowed to have rest.

    We cannot afford wasting our time with Kamran Akmal who has led down the Pakistan team poorly by his inept wicket keeping during the whole World Cup and even before the World Cup. This is the time that he should say good bye to cricket and look back to help his domestic side in the national cricket tournaments,” he said.

    He said that Zulqarnain Haider was given a chance to showcase his talent but the wicket-keeper deserted the Pakistan team in UAE under mysterious circumstances.

    “It is a high time to bring back Sarfaraz Ahmed in the wicket keeping slot, a place he had to give up due to his absences in West Indies with the Pakistan A team last year. It was also good to see Adnan Akmal to fill in the slot.

    “Adnan Akmal has scored just 70 runs and took 8 catches behind the stumps in the recently concluded Pentangulars.

    “However, on the other hand, Sarfaraz Ahmed gave his best in the recently concluded Pentangular Cup by scoring 493 runs and snapping up 21 victims to become the best wicket keeper for the second successive time in the Pentangulars,” explained Siraj of putting his weight behind Sarfraz Ahmed.”

  14. #14 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 6:57 AM

    Zulqarnain launches tirade against Akmal brothers following Pak’s WC semi-final loss

    Islamabad, April 1(ANI): Runaway former Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar has accused the Akmal brothers of controlling things in the Pakistan team, and blamed them for Pakistan’s 29-run defeat against India in the 2011 World Cup semi-final.

    Zulqarnain said he was not surprised by Pakistan’s defeat in the crucial match, and raised questions over the performance of the team in Mohali on Wednesday, particularly since last year’s spot-fixing scandal raised serious doubts about the integrity of Pakistani players.

    “I am not surprised by the defeat because there are groups operating in the team, and they don’t allow any player to settle down unless he succumbs to them. The same thing happened to me,” the Daily Times quoted Zulqarnain, as telling a news channel from London.

    The now retired wicketkeeper had stunned one and all by fleeing the team hotel in Dubai hours before the final one-day international against South Africa last year. After reaching London, he had claimed that he had got death threats from a person who wanted him to fix matches, and subsequently sought asylum in the UK.

    Zulqarnain claimed that the harassment meted out by this group, particularly Umar Akmal, was one of the reasons behind his decision to leave the national team.

    Umar Akmal used to say things to me after which I decided to leave the team,” he said, promising to reveal more details about the incident later on.

    Kamran’s repeated follies behind the stumps- including some vital dropped catches- have cost Pakistan a lot during the mega event. Not only his keeping against India in the semi-final was untidy, he scored just 19 runs opening the Pakistan innings.

    “No one is allowed to settle into the team unless they are supported by a group and that is what happened to me. Players are not allowed to settle into the team if they don’t go along with a group. That is the reason why Kamran is still in the team despite poor performances. No other keeper would be retained in the team if he dropped the number of catches Kamran has dropped,” Zulqarnain said.

    The now retired wicketkeeper felt that his stance on fixing had been vindicated after the Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final result. “How can you win a match when you drop three to four catches in one match?” he questioned.

    Zulqarnain also alleged that some national selectors had taken money from players to select them in the national squad.

    “I would ask the Pakistan Cricket Board, government and ICC to look into the assets of the selectors to get to the bottom of the truth,” he added.

  15. #15 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 7:02 AM

    God made Sachin Tendulkar to play cricket: Dhoni

    Even as an emotional Sachin Tendulkar gets set to play his last World Cup match in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that expectations are nothing new to the batting maestro and the champion batsman won’t get overawed by the situation.

    Speaking on the eve of the match, Dhoni said that handling the pressure of expectations is what Tendulkar has been doing successfully over the last 21 years and playing the final of the showpiece event at his home ground wouldn’t be something out of the blues for the little master.

    “When god made Tendulkar, he made him just to play cricket. From the very first ball he ever faced on the international scene, he has looked at giving his 100 per cent. Players have come and players have gone, but Tendulkar has just grown from strength to strength.

    “It might be a big occasion for every player out in the middle, but if anything, Tendulkar will use the pressure to his advantage. Irrespective of whether he gets the coveted 100 international centuries or not, he has achieved what not many cricketers can dream of. He doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone,” he said.

    Talking of what sets apart the little genius from the other stars to have played the game, Dhoni said: “It definitely has to be his level of dedication towards the game and the intensity with which he has played for the last 21 years. While cricketers have come and gone, he has held fort.

    “Even today, he is takes every training session seriously. He would much rather not turn up for training rather than joking around once on the ground. He is not a player to turn up for training just for the sake of it. He has an intent every single time he is on the ground.”

    Dhoni also feels that it is the master blaster’s knack to get every minute detail in place ahead of a match that sets him apart from the rest.

    “He comes into the ground and if there is any area which he feels needs to be worked upon, he will work on it and unless he is satisfied with the result, he won’t leave the ground. He doesn’t leave anything for tomorrow.

    “(On a lighter note) We are blessed that he is a genius and the two or three hour training sessions that we have are enough for him to correct his mistakes, else we might have been stranded on the ground forever,” Dhoni said.

  16. #16 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 7:04 AM

    “Time for Sehwag to get a big one”

    By Wasim Akram

    The all-Asian ICC Cricket World Cup final in Mumbai on Saturday will see the best two teams in the competition clashing for top honours. The sub-continental teams were always the favourites and the script has exactly unfolded that way.

    The final will be remembered for many things. While Muralitharan has already announced his retirement from international cricket, I guess Sachin Tendulkar will also be playing his last World Cup game. He could not have got a better venue as Wankhede will surely give him an emotional send off. Will Sachin score his 100th hundred?

    But the game is much bigger than individual milestones and hence the battle for the World Cup will surpass all at stake. The playing conditions will matter very much in Saturday’s final and India should prepare a flat deck at Wankhede. They have the batsman to score runs and put Sri Lanka under pressure. I hope that India do not get nervous and prepare a turning track.

    The way India played in the semifinals, I firmly believe they will start as favourites. Sri Lanka are well-balanced but they have not won a single close game in this tournament. India, on the other hand, have not only played close encounters but are best-equipped to sustain pressure. The win against Pakistan adequately proved that.

    The Indian batting is always very strong and dependable, but I think Virender Sehwag is due for a bigger innings. He hasn’t fired the way he would have loved to and Sehwag shouldn’t be content with a cameo 20 or a quickfire 30. I am sure Dhoni is expecting a big score from the Delhi bomber.

    The Indian batsmen must guard against Lasith Malinga. His deliveries can be lethal and hence, he must be respected. I hope Malinga holds his nerves because when you bowl to a Sehwag or a Sachin, you must be mentally very strong. If Malinga is handled well, Murali and Mendis should not be a big problem because Indians know the way to handle spin.

    Sri Lanka’s biggest strength is their variety in bowling. They have so much to fall back on, but I think the final will be a contest between the batsmen. Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan have been the best opening pair in this World Cup and Sri Lanka will again depend on the fantastic duo. In Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jawawardene, Sri Lanka have the experience and the Lankans do bat deep.

    There is a feeling that the Lankan middle-order has been untested and a bit wobbly, but I think the likes of Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews and Chamara Silva are quite competent and they will surely come good. So, all in all, it’s shaping up to be a great contest.

    The repercussions in Pakistan are on expected lines. I have said people like Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq are the future. I still believe Kamran Akmal is a talented batsmen who need to work on his keeping skills. Too much chopping and changing won’t help, but they must now look for specialist coaches. Chief coach Waqar (Younis) and bowling coach Aaqib (Javed) can’t sort out the batting and fielding worries. Pakistan must now think with a cool head and plan ahead. Inshallah!

  17. #17 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 7:14 AM

    Sehwag v Malinga will be good to watch.

  18. #18 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 7:31 AM

    Newguy

    In response to your comment addressed to me about India’s planning vs Pakistan’s talent.

    I agree you make some good points that Pakistan are mentally weaker than India and don’t plan. Apart from a few criticisms I have always admired Dhoni’s captaincy and field placements. So, planning wise and motivation wise he was better than his counterpart Afridi.

    However, the weak planning side Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka and Australia too. Their match against West Indies was also a high pressure game because a lot of people were expecting Pakistan to crumble because of West Indies’ pace attack and unpredictability. You saw how they thrashed West Indies.

    If India’s plans before the semi final featured that Pakistan would be dropping 6 catches and Tendulkar would be made to look like a very vulnerable batsman, then I can accept your argument wholeheartedly.

    My point was simply that Pakistan played extraordinarily poorly and India won more because of Pakistan’s poor performance than India’s good performance.

    On the day Dhoni was a better planner, but Afridi and Waqar’s planning brought a nothing team into the semi final and transformed Hafeez and Gul into one of the top players of the tournament.

  19. #19 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 7:37 AM

    Wasim Akram

    Why don’t you shut the EFF UP for once and all for the sake of Pakistan cricket?

    You were a very good bowler of your times, but as a human being you are worst than a skip full of trash because, trash can be recycled but you are toxic and a complete waste for the nation. You live in India, make your living by being the Indian media yes man, praising the Indian team and Indian players for monies sake, criticizing the Pakistani team, players and captain just for the heck of criticism. You talk of character and yourself is an example of a characterless person. You are the father of all the betting and match fixing.

    You supported Shoaib Akhtar’s inclusion in the playing XI based on the brotherhood of fast bowlers club. But, time has proved you were wrong and not just you, but your Guru Imran Khan and your Chamcha Ramiz Raja who also blabbering the same thing and you were advocating the not so full of words of wisdom of Imran Khan who is wrong most of the time. You bend over backwards for him. Your reason for supporting Shoaib was based on Imran’s views because, like your character you have no views and opinion of your own. There is one big difference between you and Shoaib Akhtar, the later may have been a playboy, that is his personal life, he may have tantrums and temper but which fast bowler doesn’t have that? But, he is a man of character, he never got involved in match fixing or betting like you, he was proud of his fast bowling and for being the fastest bowler in the world. Shoaib Akhtar will be remembered more than you. You are a traitor, your loyalties are with India. You do that because they throw bones at you. Whoever gives you money you dance at their tune like a “Good Puppy” and you roll-over when they say Good Boy.

    When your wife was seriously and critically ill in Pakistan you were in India with some Bollywood Chingless and Aikastras (extras) and you came to see your wife when the doctors lost hope in her, you took her to India and when she died there, you called “the Pakistani doctors as butchers” And, when they sued you for $150,000 you wasted no opportunity in apologizing and tried to lyck their backside to pardon you.

    Justice Qayyum pardoned you because of the so-called “celebrity status” you were enjoying then. That was a big mistake, you should have been banned for life like, Saleem Malik, Ijaz and Ata ur Rahman. You should have also been banned from commentating for any international match. The precedent was set and your protege Salman The Nikki Butt is following your footsteps.

    You are also a big liar, you lied to the millions of kids who admired you when you were playing cricket, you were paid for an anti-smoking ad campaign where you were shown jogging and one kid came up to you and asked, “Wasim Uncle aap thukk tay nahee?” And, shamelessly you lied to him by saying, “Nahee, kion kay mai Cigarette nahee Peeta.” A few weeks later you were caught on the TV camera at the Lords Cricket Ground in London blatantly and shamelessly smoking in the players gallery.

    Wasim Akram, if you have any shame, take a dip in “Chulloo Bhurr Paani” and commit “Atma Hattiya.”

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 7:49 AM

    khansahab

    In reply to your comment to newguy, I think apart from those 6 dropped catches the main feature of Pakistan’s defeat was Umar Gul’s pathetic bowling. He was over zealous and too anxious to bowl yorkers which were ending up as full tosses and that one over of 21 runs from Sehwag did the trick on him. The reason Afridi tried him for the second time was Gul is Pakistan’s ace bowler and he performed well in other matches with the new ball and in the past when he failed with the new ball he succeeded with the old ball by swinging it and bowling good yorkers but, he never recovered mainly because of being so anxious and over zealous.

    Afridi did not get a wicket in the semifinal but Tendulkar was dropped 3 times off his bowling. In fact it was Misbah who dropped Tendulkar in Afridi’s first over. Generally when Afridi takes a wicket in his first or second over he gets on top of the batsmen and bowls ferociously. And, whenever the crucial catches are dropped off his bowling he gets mad (this time he remained cool) and bowls wayward. Even when he came in to bat, he was batting sensibly like he did in the T20 WC in the semifinal and final, in both those innings he did not hit a single six despite making 50 odd runs, which is a kinda record for Afridi. But, after a sensible start he lost his cool and skied the ball like he usually does.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 7:56 AM

    WHY SHOULD AFRIDI GO TO THE WEST INDIES AND PLAY THE LONE T20 AND THE 5 ODI’s ?

    1. Three weeks rest is more than enough for anyone to recover. So, no need for this excuse.
    2. It will not just be an opportunity for him to get back into form and rhythm but, as a captain it is his duty to go and play T20 and ODI
    3. Ricky Ponting has been stripped of his captaincy, but he is still going to Bangladesh to play.
    4. It is time for Afridi to build a new young team otherwise, Misbah or some Oldie will be named captain.
    5. If Afridi takes a young team with him the PCB should let him build a new team for the next T20 WC and ODI WC before he retires, he leaves a matured team behind him.
    6. He is talking about Akhtar’s retirement as premature, he himself has done that before in the UK by refusing to captain the side for test team.
    7. He should be matured enough to understand that an opportunity like this will not come to him again i.e., touring the West Indies and “Whitewashing” them.
    8. This will not only give him confidence as a captain but, also a team building effort in which he should chose players like

    Fawad Alam
    Hamad Azam
    Raza Hasan (the spin bowler)
    Junaid Khan

    And, a wicketkeeper not, Sarfaraz, not Adnan and definitely NOT Kamran Akmal
    If the Chhota Bhai limps again, he should be shown the door for good.

  22. #22 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 7:57 AM

    Wasim Akram supports Kamran Akmal because of just one reason: Both are from Lahore. Akram usually makes zero sense when he makes any comment whatsoever. I don’t know why Imran Khan is not too critical of Mibah, maybe because they are both Niazi?

    In fact I think the most neutral person amongst the ex-commentators is Ramiz Raja. He has this habbit of getting carried away occassionally, but I think he is neutral at heart. He is obviously an ardent believer in talent, but talent without application is useless. Besides, Umar Akmal has just entered the international scene and there is no point making him a celebrity yet: He will threaten and coerce other players otherwise, including influencing Kamran Akmal’s inclusion, thinking he is above the game. He needs to be disciplined and Kamran Akmal should have a good time in domestic cricket for at least the next 5 years.

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 8:19 AM

    Sagaat

    In the previous thread, “Postmortem of India Pakistan semifinal” we have highlighted the fact that Imran Khan also hails from the same so-called Tiger Race of Niazi’s and before these two Niazi we were aware of only one Niazi i.e., General Niazi whose nick name was Tiger Niazi. God only knows how one can call a Geedar (jackal) a Sher (tiger) ? I don’t think you were born then but, you must have read in the history books how Gen Niazi surrendered a fully armed army of 90,000 to disgrace the nation. A few days before when he was asked whether he will surrender, he said: “Over my dead body” Unfortunately for the nation he came back alive, Schlitzing and kicking. This was just like Misbah ul Haq’s innings. Even Inzamamul Haq who used to favour him said how can he play 40 dot balls in his innings?

    Obviously Imran Khan will not speak against Misbah because of the Niazi connection. As regards Ramiz Raja, he used to be neutral but, now his comments are very jingoistic. He never waste a moment in praising the players from Punjab and remain silent when they drop catches or fails badly. He is very prompt in criticizing other players and you can see the regional bias in his comments. I have no respect for him. For me Waqar Younus is a better commentator, he makes us laugh with his bloopers but, he is not biased. And, Wasim Akram is worst than trash.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 8:21 AM

    In about 20 minutes there will be toss at the Wankhede stadium and in the next 40 minutes the action will begin. I will try to cover live as much as I can because, I have an unscheduled but very important appointment and luckily that will be during the innings break and if I can come back early, I will continue to cover the match. But, you guys please don’t stop writing, it will help us and others in knowing things which are not covered by the media. So, please keep up the good work and enjoy cricket.

  25. #25 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 8:29 AM

    I will be supporting Sri Lanka as there is no Sri Lankan person on the blog 😀

  26. #26 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 8:33 AM

    Sri Lanka won the toss. There is half the match in these pressure games 😉

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 8:36 AM

    Sri Lanka has won the toss and elected to bat first. The coin was tossed twice because the first time there was confusion in who is calling what? That is because of the noise.
    Sri Lanka made a couple of changes because, Angelo Mathews is injured and Kulasekara is in also Chamara is out and Kapuragedra in.

    India made only one change i.e., Sreesanth the bander is in and Nehra is out due to injury.

    The ground is small so a lot sixes can be scored, the pitch appears OK for batting first and SL wants to post a big total. Anything over 250 will be difficult to chase for the team batting second.

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 8:38 AM

    LOL@ sagaat’s logic of supporting SL
    Isn’t it BAKAOZ you want to see India lose because they beat Pakastan? 😀
    The enemy of my enemy is my friend 😀

  29. #29 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 8:40 AM

    Javed Khan,

    It is also because the second team I support after Pakistan is Sri Lanka. I think their brand of cricket brings a lot of variety, whereas India is very one-dimensional. Australia is also very one-dimensional with players for certain places now. Anyway, it is what it is 😉

  30. #30 by amir on April 2, 2011 - 8:41 AM

    as a neutral i want a close match. India got home advantage but srilanka got upper hand only cause of thier bowling i dnt think sl batsman wil play indian bowlers as pathaticaly as pakistan did. So backing srilanka to win thier second world cup.

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 8:43 AM

    Sagaat & khansahab

    Before the final starts, one question for both of you:

    What is your opinion about my comment above on WHY SHOULD AFRIDI GO TO THE WEST INDIES AND PLAY THE LONE T20 AND THE 5 ODI’s ?

  32. #32 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 8:50 AM

    Javed A Khan

    Just before I leave the blog….

    I am agree with you.

    Afridi should go out to WI and win every match. His team will be high on morale.

    I don’t like Tired Butt so won’t say anything in his favour, but agreed that Afridi is the master of announcing retirements at the most inopportune occasions.

    There is no way Misbah should remain in the team. Sagaat, I don’t know why you said earlier that Misbah can play a role in Test cricket. The only role he will play is that of a match loser.

    I don’t mind having Sarfraz Ahmed in the team because if he is keeping his catches that is what the team needs him for. If his batting is like a tailender’s it does not matter. I think it is a defensive strategy to include a keeper in the team because of his batting skills.

    I can never support this strategy that you should have a suspect wicketkeeper because he can score runs, or that you should not have a keeper because he cannot score runs. Rashid Latif was not a great batsman but he was a marvellous keeper.

  33. #33 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 8:57 AM

    Javed Khan,

    I agree with all those points. He should also look forward to team building. Someone needs to make him realize that he needs to stamp his authority– enough of unity– and get rid of the genuine matchlosers. Akrams, Imran Khans won’t be liable if these guys, especially Kamran Akmal and Misbah, keep on making him lose matches.

    What did Akram do with that very, very good team with a lot of talent?

    1996 he just took the team to the quarter-finals. 1999 was the final but he embarrased the nation with the pedigree of the loss in the final. In 2003 the team took the flight home early. The legacy, or the team he left behind, didn’t have many good players. And, Pakistan made an early exit in the 2007 world cup. After Inzamam and Akram, Pakistan have been in the champions trophy semi final, semi final or beyond in three 20/20 world cups, and the semi final in this world cup. That is despite having so many matchlosers thrusted on the captain by the coach and the board.

    The only thing that has become worse is the performance in test match cricket. The difference is that before Pakistan used to compete with India but lose to Australia and South Africa. Now Pakistan also loses to India. That is how good all that great talent was. I have realized that what is needed is less talent in Pakistan, because when there is less, there are no big egos and players play well under the hanging axe.

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 8:58 AM

    OMG the Sri Lankan national anthem is longer than any Indian movie song.

    newguy

    you must have heard SL national anthem tell me if I am not mistaken, it starts similar to that of the Indian national anthem Jana Gana Mana……. but, the second part sound like an Indian Bhajjan
    Om Jai Jagdeesh Haray,
    Om Jai Jagdeesh Haray….. isn’t it?

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 9:02 AM

    Thanks sagaat and khansahab for your positive and realistic comments and a good analysis of what Wasim Akram and Inzamam did in comparison to what Afridi has done.

  36. #36 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 9:05 AM

    So far Zaheer Khan has bowled well, he is attacking, looking good with his new fresh crew cut hair cut, just one bye because of Dhoni and another leg bye. No run scored from the bat. SL are 2-0 in one over.
    Let us see what the Bander has to do?

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 9:10 AM

    Sreesanth is growing his hair long to get into the league of fast bowlers, but he should remember what happened to Lamboo Sharma? His career is crawling on the pavement.

    And, I see Sreesanth’s cheeks are still swollen after Harbhajan has slapped him during the IPL.

    That is the most expensive slap in the history, it cost Harbhajan 900,000 dollars.

    OH, God Tendulkar is talking and talking and talking to Sreesanth on how to and where to bowl? Tendulkar is another chatterbox like Javed Miandad.

  38. #38 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 9:14 AM

    khansahab You must read this comment when you come back.

    Do you remember what we used to say about Mohsin Khan before he was appointed as the chief selector? And, then what we talked after seeing him bending over backwards for Ijaz Butt and mainly to keep his job you remember that? Anyways, today one of my friends said after hearing Mohsin Khan’s comments on TV, he said, “Now I know why Reena Roy left him?” The answer is a six letter word. KHASEE.

    Since you guys are not responding, I might as well get into my bed and watch the match.

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 9:18 AM

    7-0 in 3 overs SL, Zaheer bowled his second over a maiden. So, India is doing well so far not letting the openers go on a flying start. It seems that the ball is not coming on to the bat or they are very circumspect in dealing with the fast bowlers especially ZAK.

    Gurus and experts were of the opinion that team batting first must not lose wickets in the first ten overs. They can then score 275-280 runs so, SL is adapting this policy by being cautious.

  40. #40 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 9:22 AM

    Javed Khan,

    The bowling has been effecient so far. I think Dilshan is able to play a few innovative shots, we may see India wilt under pressure.

  41. #41 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 9:23 AM

    This pitch doesn’t look as batting-friendly as the commentators are claiming. Bat is not coming on the ball sweetly.

  42. #42 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 9:30 AM

    Newguy is not going to let us have fun. He should be here 😉

  43. #43 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 9:31 AM

    First wicket gone. Good catch. This pitch is offering movement to pace bowlers, the ball is difficult to time– even 250 will be very competitive.

  44. #44 by amir on April 2, 2011 - 9:32 AM

    this wicket is nt looking like normal indian wicket lot of bounce and pace. Dnt think it wil change much in second innings so srilanka need to put good total. Tharanga gone. Excellent catch sehwag.

  45. #45 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 9:37 AM

    Hi Guys,

    I missed the toss and the start, since I was wasn’t sleepless like the previous game 🙂 Anyhow, got up and saw 5th over being bowled.

    Batting first is certainly advantage, 250 is a winning score in my opinion.

    Toss was suspicious. Sangakkara know for sure what he called, he should have stood up if he knew he lost it. But he didn’t. Anyhow, WC winning teams don’t depend on toss alone, they play hard and gain advantage back.

    So far tight bowling, let’s see what the spin change will do. SL play spin well.

  46. #46 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 9:38 AM

    In Mumbai, even low totals have proven hard to chase. This ground is not a high scorer unlike most other grounds in India.

  47. #47 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 9:44 AM

    Zaheer figures 4-3-2-1

  48. #48 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 9:44 AM

    Newguy,

    You just woke up. How did you see the toss? I saw it and Sangkkara called it correct on both occassions.

  49. #49 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 9:46 AM

    I didn’t see the toss, read the commentary on Cricinfo. It doesn’t matter now. As I have always said, WC winning teams overcome all odds. If India is the better team today they will win. If SL is the better team then they deserve to win.

  50. #50 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 9:49 AM

    On cricinfo it is written no-one heard the call. How did you assume it was Sangkkara who backed off his call? 😛

  51. #51 by Mohammed Munir on April 2, 2011 - 9:53 AM

    Hi all,

    Just woke up for this big game.

    Unfortunately the game is not living up to the expectation so far. 😦

    10 overs and Sri Lanka are only 31 runs for 1 wicket.

    Hope this game lives upto the hype and we witness a match worthy of ICC Final.

    May the best team wins.

    One serious question ….. who paid for Munaf’s shave today ❓ 😉

  52. #52 by amir on April 2, 2011 - 9:53 AM

    i think sl need to score atleast 250 any thing below that wil b chaseable. Excellent fielding so far from india.

  53. #53 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 10:06 AM

    Sagaat,

    I thought that the wily programmers who changed Tendulkar’s LBW had something to do with toss also 🙂 Only they switched to SL side today 😉

  54. #54 by Mohammed Munir on April 2, 2011 - 10:07 AM

    Pitches in India are NOT the typical Indian pitches anymore and not runs left in them.

    I guess India is preparing a different wicket each time to suit their oppositions and get the results in their favour rather then high scoring matches.

    A win is a win …. and nothing else matters. 😦

  55. #55 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 10:07 AM

    Munir,

    Munna is getting a real shave now 😉 back to back boundaries, SL releasing pressure.

    India cannot contain for too long, they need wickets.

  56. #56 by Mohammed Munir on April 2, 2011 - 10:12 AM

    Bander got a warning for ‘preparing’ the pitch for Harbhajjan.

  57. #57 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 10:12 AM

    Michael Vaughn said on Twitter Sangakkara called Tail and lost the toss, then he changed and said I called Head since referee didn’t hear. This is poor from Sangakkara. But then he is known to using Australian tactics.

  58. #58 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 10:12 AM

    Finally Sri Lanka getting momentum. I think if they can continue this for a while, India will start feeling the pressure and make mistakes.

  59. #59 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 10:19 AM

    Sreesanth selection has back fired. Gave away 33 runs at 6.6 RPO when the RR is at 4. Ashwin should have been picked. Time to select Sreesanth was in early games to check out how he plays.

  60. #60 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 10:32 AM

    India are favorites from here.Ironically India are playing well under pressure.

  61. #61 by Mohammed Munir on April 2, 2011 - 10:38 AM

    What was that …. Dilshan out ❓

    How ❓

  62. #62 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 11:05 AM

    newguy

    I saw the toss and I was able to see or at least lip read Sangakara calling heads but, Dhoni questioned him and the confusion started, I wonder what Ravi Shastri was doing with his mike? He should have been near the calling captain. Since I have the replay facility (PVR) I played it back again to check if I am wrong? Anyways, the toss is not important.

    This ground is small and it was expected that there will be a few sixes in this match, but even boundaries are hard to come because of the surface of the pitch.

    India is fielding well but there is also a reason to it i.e., SL batsmen are trying to hit the ball very hard and as a result they are hitting the ball on the ground and it is bouncing high and it is a good height for the point and gully fielders to catch the ball. If it goes straight from the bat all along the ground then it will be fast and difficult to stop. Anyways, it appears that SL is under pressure but, they are playing with a plan.

    In two hours only 23 overs have been bowled, isn’t it very slow? Or is it my watch that is ticking fast?

    Dhoni is yelling:: Yaaaan Gaap bara hai……. asking the fielders to get closer.

    But, the field placement is very good…. the shots are not being executed where the batsmen wants it to be, in fact they are hitting straight to the fielders.

    Yuvraj is not so effective today, in fact Jaya and Sanga have targeted him and going after his bowling.

  63. #63 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 11:06 AM

    NEewguy,

    There is the clarification for you. Dhoni, like Afridi, put his head down after losing the toss:

    Toss taken twice after confusion over call
    ESPNcricinfo staff

    April 2, 2011

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    The World Cup final ran into its first controversy before the first ball was bowled. The coin had to be tossed twice after the match referee Jeff Crowe said he had not heard Sri Lanka Kumara Sangakkara’s call the first time. The Wankhede Stadium was not yet filled to its 33,000 capacity, and the noise was yet to reach its peak. Commentator Ravi Shastri, who was hosting the toss, said it had fallen heads the first time. There were then a few moments of confusion as Crowe said he had not heard the call and so the toss that had been carried out was null and void. The toss then had to be carried out a second time, and when MS Dhoni threw up the coin again, Sangakkara called ‘heads’ and the coin fell Sri Lanka’s way.

    Replays of the toss indicate decisively that Sangakkara called heads the first time as well, and the call is audible to producers of the host broadcasters ESPN-Star Sports. Sangakkara’s head was lowered when he called heads. In the noise, Dhoni mis-heard it as a tails call, which was why he turned towards Shastri saying, “We’ll bat”. However neither Shastri nor Crowe had heard Sangakkara’s call, Crowe due to the noise and Shastri because he was looking up at the coin. When Shastri looked across to Crowe, the referee said, “I didn’t hear it.” There was then a brief conversation and it was decided the toss had to be held again.

    Crowe was also the match referee at the 2007 World Cup final when the teams went off for bad light but were to forced to return and play out the remaining overs in darkness. He had overseen a mistake by the officials that led to the game resuming in near total darkness. The officials had forgotten that, as 20 overs had been bowled in the second innings, a result could be declared. Crowe, when pressed at a post-match news conference, blamed that error on now retired South African umpire Rudi Koertzen, who was the television replay official for that match.

  64. #64 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 11:11 AM

    Sagaat

    Thanks for putting it in black and white, like I said, I heard it and also lip read it that Sangakara called for heads.

  65. #65 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 11:15 AM

    Munir

    Dilshan was bowled by Harbhajan. It was a very bizarre way to get out, the ball was outside the leg stump and Dilshan missed the shot, the ball hit his glove, rolled above his forearm and went through the gap into the stumps, if he had left it alone the ball must have been wide by 2 feet.

    Yuvraj got Sangakara, ball outside the off stumps by at least 2 feet, Sangakara tried to cut it and got an edge, Dhoni is not Kamran Akmal.

  66. #66 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 11:16 AM

    Javed Khan,

    They should have seen the replay there and then rather than throwing the coin a second time.

    Sangkkara gone. Sri Lanka in deep trouble. At least two wickets that have come India’s way have been very lucky. Dilshan was very unlucky and Sangkkara edged a long hop. When fortune is smiling at you, like it did at Tendulkar, skill are not necessarily needed.

  67. #67 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 11:24 AM

    If Sanga called correct first time, and it appears he did after I have read more, then it would have been a travesty if they tossed second time and Dhoni won it. So in this regard, it is the right result he won it second time. I always believe in fair play no matter who is playing, and the right result has been achieved.

  68. #68 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 11:25 AM

    Sanga is out which is a big break for India. But Sreesanth is proving to be big liability today. If he gives away 70 runs in 10 overs then that alone will lose the match. Ashwin surely would have given 20 less. He is also not taking wickets. Dhoni’s gamble for the final has backfired.

  69. #69 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 11:59 AM

    SL motoring along nicely. This is how you play middle overs, push singles and doubles, take the odd boundary, milk the bowlers. They look to set 260-270, which will prove hard to get against SL bowling and fielding.

    Eventually India’s weakness, bowling, will come costly. Never has a weak bowling side won a WC.

  70. #70 by Mohammed Munir on April 2, 2011 - 12:01 PM

    Dhoni bowling a lot of part timers today.

    Here come ZAK for his second spell.

  71. #71 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 12:23 PM

    Mahela key here for SL, he has played a classy innings so far, chanceless and nerveless, well .. he didn’t show any nerves even if is feeling inside.

    India are to limit SL to chaseable total they need to get Mahela in the next couple of overs before PP. Otherwise he is going help SL set a winning total.

  72. #72 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 12:26 PM

    Newguy,

    What do you think is a winning total?

    I think the maximum Sri Lanka can get is 250 from here. Which will be a fighting score but not a winning total. Should wickets fall now, it may be much less.

  73. #73 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 12:28 PM

    270 will be winning total. 250 will be a very good score, Indians will be pushed real hard. Pressure of chasing in final. 240 and below will be comfortable in my view.

  74. #74 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 1:00 PM

    Jayawardene, what a knock.

    SL looking to post 270 which will not be easy to chase.

  75. #75 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 1:05 PM

    What I like about Sri Lanka is that they are not the best players as far as rankings are concerned but they have a knack of playing well in finals.

    Newguy, the ARY Moulvi predicted Sri Lanka would bat first and Jayawardene would score big.

  76. #76 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 1:07 PM

    What an over. 18 from the last over.

    Nasser Hussain is pleased when India plays badly 🙂

  77. #77 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 1:09 PM

    Jayawardena played like an artist. Even stevens.

  78. #78 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 1:11 PM

    Zaheer Khan gave away 54 runs in the last 5 overs. In a sense he wilted when momentum went Sri Lanka’s way. This is what Pakistan needed, a bit of momentum, and India might have wilted, too.

  79. #79 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 1:12 PM

    Sagaat

    Do you notice the delight in Nasser Hussein’s voice when India gets beaten or plays badly?

    He said earlier on that he wants the Indian crowd to be silenced because they are very loud and partisan.

  80. #80 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 1:15 PM

    SL has set a winning total here I am afraid. A classy innings from Jayawardene who was well supported by others. In the end, ZAK wilted under pressure. That was the big difference.

    Now, India have to bat out of their skins, but they brag about their batting lineup, this is the time to show.

    I don’t have too much faith though.

  81. #81 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 1:17 PM

    Khansahab,

    Nasser Hussain is amongst the best commentators and the most neutral. Sometimes what happens is that, when you are supporting a side, the neutral commentator seems to be supporting the opposition.

  82. #82 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 1:21 PM

    Sagaat

    I totally agree that Hussein is one of the most unbiased commentators.

    Holding, Dean Jones are a couple of others.

  83. #83 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 1:21 PM

    Khansahab,

    Actually in all fairness whenever a Sri Lankan wicket fell, Nasser Hussain cheered and was excited for India. If you saw the match towards the end, then you probably saw him cheering Sri Lanka as hey were the ones who did well then.

  84. #84 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 1:24 PM

    Sagaat

    Yeah I saw the match towards the end, but in the past I have observed Hussein is a little anti Indian.

    I am not criticising him, just an observation.

  85. #85 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 1:24 PM

    I think Bishop, Hussain, and Bumble are the best commentators. Ian Chappel explains the game quite well but is somewhat biased. Gavaskar isn’t biased but he pushes things too much at times. Among the Indians Ganguly is a decent commentator. Our own Ramiz Raja is always biased towards Pakistan. I wonder how fans of other teams feel when Ramiz Raja is on commentary?

  86. #86 by amir on April 2, 2011 - 1:32 PM

    what an innings from mahela probably match winning but also very important part from perera 22 of just nine balls 250 was par but 274 looks very good. But never know india got strong batting sl need regular wickets. Sehwag gone. Wow

  87. #87 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 1:32 PM

    Sehwag gone. Go Sri Lanka go.

  88. #88 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 1:46 PM

    hey guys, I am back. Watched the innings in fast forward mode, seems like I didn’t miss much.

    With Sehwag gone back, the Indians are on the defensive. Still better run rate than Sri Lanka at this stage. SL scored 31 in first 10 overs, 27 in the next 5 overs and 63 in the last 5 overs. The last 5 overs may make the difference if India’s run rate slows down. So, they have to stay ahead of SL run rate from the beginning.

    Zaheer Khan equaled Afridi’s record of 21 wickets, but Afridi took that many wickets in one match less than Zaheer.

    Maheela played a great knock and Teesra Parera’s cameo was better than Doosra Parera 😉

  89. #89 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 1:50 PM

    Tendulkar is playing well today. This straight four is an excellent drive that went past the bowler like an arrow. Suddenly there is a spark of aggression from India’s side. Their run rate has improved, certainly much better than Sri Lanka’s initial over Another four by Tendulkar.

  90. #90 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 1:51 PM

    SRT batting superbly. Thought Sehwag’s dismissal would slow him.

  91. #91 by amir on April 2, 2011 - 1:56 PM

    india bowled thier 50 overs 35 minutes late. Why they never deduct any overs from indian innings?

  92. #92 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 2:01 PM

    amir

    that’s what I asked here on the blog when India bowled only 23 overs in 2 hours.

    As per the rules overs are ………….

    tendulkar gone.

  93. #93 by Mohammed Munir on April 2, 2011 - 2:01 PM

    SRT Gone ……….. Khansahab, it’s all because of you. 😦 😉

  94. #94 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 2:02 PM

    amir

    as per rules overs are not deducted but the team is fined, the captain pays more than others.

    Malinga got his second wicket both the openers gone, Tendulkar was playing well today but, he gave only one chance to Sangakara and he never misses.

  95. #95 by Mohammed Munir on April 2, 2011 - 2:03 PM

    Amir & Javed Khan …

    Now a days they never deduct any teams overs for slower rate, and instead they fine them.

    For India, they even don’t fine them. 😉

  96. #96 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 2:04 PM

    I think India will go back into their shell, when the spinners will bowl the run rate will slow down. It is up to Dhoni and Yuvraj to change the situation. Right now it is Gambhir and Kohli but, I don’t expect them to stay for long.

  97. #97 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 2:05 PM

    Munir

    Kion kya India ICC ka Shoaib Malik hai?
    I mean Ghar Damaad 😀

  98. #98 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 2:08 PM

    OMG that was Rajni Kant, I can’t believe it. Earlier I saw him standing near the railing next to one of Bollywood’s Chinglee and I was wondering who that old bald man is? Now, they showed him again and Sanjay Manjrekar said that is Rajni Kant the famous actor. He was hilarous in his hey days especially the way he used to light up his cigarette with his pistol.

  99. #99 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 2:10 PM

    Whoever just wrote on the blog that Ganguly is a good commentator, I agree with him, he is fair and unbiased. Also, with his rich experience he is able to express his thoughts and ideas better than Wasim Chakram Ch2So4.

  100. #100 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 2:14 PM

    It seems to me that Ghambir is shaking.

  101. #101 by Mohammed Munir on April 2, 2011 - 2:19 PM

    LOL @ Kion kya India ICC ka Shoaib Malik hai?

    Well Javed, I think ICC India Ki Siyaali Bhagat Hai. 😉

  102. #102 by amir on April 2, 2011 - 2:27 PM

    one thing what i like about indian batsmen is that they keep scoring runs and maintain healthy average. Unlike our batsmen who never mis chance to play dot balls.

  103. #103 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 2:28 PM

    I don’t know why Sri Lanka went in with three seamers. Both captains made that mistake.

  104. #104 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 2:33 PM

    Amir,

    I agree with you. All of their batsmen are versatile enough to play at a good run rate. However, Pakistan has some very aggressive and some very defensive players.

  105. #105 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 2:40 PM

    Ghambir dropped. Will Sri Lanka pull a Pakistan and lose because of their fielding?

  106. #106 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 2:55 PM

    SL bowling is lame.

    Murali is being held back.

    India has fielded well this tournament and this is one of the reasons why they might win.

    That catch will prove costly.

  107. #107 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 3:00 PM

    Sangkarra missed a run out.

    India are hot favorites according to the odds now.

  108. #108 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 3:01 PM

    50 for Gambhir. Well played under pressure.

  109. #109 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 3:03 PM

    Overall India has absorbed pressure very well whereas other teams have wilted. Sri Lanka are wilting as a fielding side.

  110. #110 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 3:04 PM

    SL are collapsing under pressure. Their fielding is losing them the match.

  111. #111 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 3:05 PM

    SL bowlers are spinning the ball but Indians are negotiating it well.

  112. #112 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 3:14 PM

    Match back in the balance as Kohli is out.

    Good strategy by Dhoni to come ahead of Yuvraj.

  113. #113 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 3:24 PM

    According to the odds India are still 65 percent favorites. Strong favorites.

  114. #114 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 3:26 PM

    Khansahab,

    Agreed. Excellent captaincy by Dhoni to promote himself up the order.

  115. #115 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 3:40 PM

    Now its India’s match to lose. I don’t see India losing the match from here.

  116. #116 by Mohammed Munir on April 2, 2011 - 3:41 PM

    The news is that India will win this game by 1 or 2 wicnkets in the last few overs ……..

    Sri Lanka is being paid Rs. 251 Crore to loose it, while Sehwag was paid 23 Crore in USB Bank (Swiss) to get out on zero.

    PS: I know it may be all fake, but there are a few news doing the rounds since morning.

  117. #117 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 3:48 PM

    Sagaat

    Yeah, tremendous batting by India, totally lacklustre bowling by SL.

    Dhoni’s move to promote himself will go in legend it seems.

  118. #118 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:02 PM

    Who will win the 2015 World Cup?

  119. #119 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:03 PM

    SL pace attack makes Munaf and Sreesanth look world class.

  120. #120 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:06 PM

    Sangakkara is defensive. Why not finish Malinga and Murali’s quota of overs? Match has gone out of SL’s hands.

  121. #121 by Mohammed Munir on April 2, 2011 - 4:19 PM

    Someone put this at their FB …

    I am The Final at Melbourne. I am The Last ball at Sharjah. I invented the Reverse Swing and the Doosra. I Mastered the Multiple Hat-trick. I am the Sultan of Swing. I am the Cornered Tiger. I am the Fastest Ball, the Quickest Hundred, the Biggest Six, the Shattered Stumps. I am Aggression, I am Passion, I am Unpredictable. I am PAKISTAN.

    PS: Felt like sharing with ya’ll.

  122. #122 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 4:19 PM

    Khansahab,

    Sang’s captaincy thruout has been very defensive.

    Congragulations to Varun, New Guy, and all the Indians. The team that deserved to win he world cup did win it. Totally outclassed Sri Lanka.

  123. #123 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:22 PM

    Sagaat

    I have a problem with the WC format. Although India played well and had a strong team, on paper I thought Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka were more balanced teams.

    There should have been 2 QF’s and in case of a tie in points the team with highest net run rates should have gone through in the top 4.

  124. #124 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:26 PM

    Dhoni should be MOM in this match I think, he deserves it more than Gambhir.

    He came to bat at the right time and played aggressively.

    Excellent temperament.

  125. #125 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:27 PM

    Malinga is losing it. Demoralised team.

  126. #126 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 4:31 PM

    Khansahab,

    The tournament’s design was flawed all along. All it required were three big matches to win the tournament. India played them all inside India. They made the pitches. They had the best batting. And, they won it comfortably. They certainly deserve to win, but what about teams like SA which were a lot more consistent and went out to a bad match?

    Surely this proved that the team with best batting rules the roost in one day cricket, especially inside India. This is not to discredit India’s bowling. They bowled effeciently and the rest was done by the captain, field settings, and ability to think and play under pressure. India do deserve to win the world cup. They have outclassed all the opponents through the quarterfinals to the finals. Not even one match was close. The only time in the three matches that India could have lost it was when Pakistan kept on dropping Tendulkar.

  127. #127 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 4:35 PM

    Khansahab,

    Dhoni should also get some sort of captaincy award, not just the MOM. His captaincy, field placements, and strategy have been brilliant. I wouldn’t say he is a better captain than Ponting, but certainly the best current captain.

  128. #128 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:36 PM

    Sagaat

    The tournament was designed to favour subcontinental teams. India are the strongest subcontinental team, so it was perhaps natural they would win.

    It is really strange that the QF’s were designed to be knock-outs. The semi final is the classic knockout. There should have been more competition between the top 8 teams. We might have seen different results.

  129. #129 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:38 PM

    Sagaat

    I felt Ponting’s captaincy was more about scoring runs consistently.

    He just had excellent players playing with him for most of his career.

    When they went, people started finding flaws with his captaincy and Australia lost the top spot in Test cricket.

  130. #130 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:40 PM

    This is what arrogant Gambhir does- he can’t try to come forward on every type of bowler.

  131. #131 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 4:43 PM

    Khansahab,

    Ponting developed many players. He developed Symonds into a perfect all rounder from absolutely nothing. Same is the case with Shane Watson. In fact he developed a winning team that wouldn’t give a moment in a match away. But who has Dhoni developed? India has just “found” the players or had the players? There is not one bowler that India could develop under Dhoni, nor a consistent bowling unit. They strategise well, but a lot of players like Sehwag and Tendulkar are just gifts.

  132. #132 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:43 PM

    Sagaat

    How do you rate G Smith as a captain?

    He has been captain for so long but SA still choke under him.

  133. #133 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:48 PM

    Sagaat

    The success of Symonds and Watson, would that be attributed to Ponting’s captaincy or just the outstanding Australian first class system?

    I suppose there is an argument here because Afridi has certainly played a part in Hafeez’s good form. But Pakistan does not really have a system so all the positives usually stem from individual action.

  134. #134 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:49 PM

    Shit bowling by the fast bowler, this is the worst pace bowling I have seen in this WC.

  135. #135 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 4:49 PM

    Khansahab,

    Ask Tendulkar, Sehwag, Laxman, Dravid, Harbajan, and Zaheer Khan to retire together. India would plummet in rankings. That is what basically happened with Ponting. He was left with virtually no resources.

  136. #136 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 4:51 PM

    Khansahab,

    What was Symonds when he first came to the team? Someone who could roll his arms and slog? And, what was Watson when he came into the team? An obscure batsman who could bowl medium pace?

  137. #137 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 4:55 PM

    Sagaat

    Yes, but that is the point of being a good captain- achieve a good result without necessarily having the best players.

  138. #138 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 4:57 PM

    My point is just that there are many facets to captaincy. It is also about player building, team building, having a tough mind-set, and so on….in on field tactics Dhoni and Ponting are equal, I’d agree, but in player building and team building Ponting was far superior. India has a stop gap approach, sometimes its one bowler, sometimes its another, basically whatever goes. There is no player building with that approach. We have seen Irfan Pathan, Nehra, sreeshanth, Sharma variously but none were able to consistently able to raise their standards in test matches. Ponting recently got a brand new group of bowlers and think he worked pretty well with the available resources.

  139. #139 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 5:03 PM

    Basically Mcgrath, Warne, Brett Lee, Ghilcrist, Langer, Hayden, Symonds, Martyn retired around the same period. Ponting had everything totally new and he did quite well with the available resources. They recently won the champions trophy, were in the final of the 20/20 cup, and have only lost to much superior teams in test matches. In the world cup they lost to the team that just won the world cup. India has peaked with Sehwag, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid, Dhoni coming around at the same time at the various stages of their careers.

  140. #140 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 5:07 PM

    Why Kulasekara for this over?

  141. #141 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 5:10 PM

    Sang’s captaincy is inexplicable. His team selection is inexcplicable, too.

  142. #142 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 5:11 PM

    Kulasekara leaks runs, it was a wrong move.

  143. #143 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 5:14 PM

    He has been bowling Kulasekra thruout. I don’t see the point in not playing three spinners, not playing Mendis, and so on…he has not attacked enough, bowled mediocre bowlers too much, not sensed the opportune time go for the kill. It has been poor captaincy. Poor fielding, as well.

  144. #144 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 5:18 PM

    If you compare this Mumbai crowd to Karachi’s crowd, most people in Mumbai look educated. In Karachi they look uncouth.

  145. #145 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 5:20 PM

    Congratulations to India for this victory.

    Dhoni, super captain and super player.

    Well played.

  146. #146 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 5:28 PM

    Congragulations to India for winning the world cup. It has been a fairy-tale ending. They have beaten Pakistan and Australia along the way. And, it was Tendulkar’s final world cup. So, it is really sweet for them.

  147. #147 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 5:29 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS INDIA FOR WINNING THE WORLD CUP SO CONVINCINGLY.

    TENDULKAR’S HAATHI IS YOUSUF PATHAN, CARRYING HIM ON HIS SHOULDERS.

  148. #148 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 5:36 PM

    Dhoni played captains knock today, India and Tendulkar’s dream came true. India won the WC after 28 years and Tendulkar said, he was only 10 years old when he saw the cup and everyone wanted to touch it and has one last wish and that is to win the world cup and bring the cup home.

    Australia’s dominance is over and 3 out of 4 semifinalists were from the sub-continent. It shows cricket is here to stay.

  149. #149 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 5:42 PM

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for all the wishes. I can’t say very much now. It’s been so tense and emotionally draining.

    But I had to thank you all for the graciousness you have shown. Especially after India defeated Pakistan in Semis, it takes a lot of class to come and congratulate Indians.

    I will write more later. Once again thanks for the wishes.

  150. #150 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 5:45 PM

    Newguy

    This is a very important moment for you, something you will remember all your life.

    Enjoy this moment and my best wishes to you.

    India has truly done it, this team has an excellent captain who is tough as nails.

  151. #151 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 5:52 PM

    Man of the Tournament should have been Afridi, but I knew they would not give it to him.

  152. #152 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 6:00 PM

    Did anyone notice how Yousuf Pathan darted away from the stage when the champagne was released on the players?

  153. #153 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 6:02 PM

    Dhoni was very humble in the ceremony. That was very good to see. What a player and a captain.

  154. #154 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 6:10 PM

    Khansahab,

    They shouldn’t really do the champagne thing, considering that a lot of population in India is Muslim.

  155. #155 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 6:15 PM

    Khansahab,

    Remember we as Americans, we know how to give it when we give it, but we can take it away as easily 😉

  156. #156 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 6:25 PM

    Yeah, I noticed YKP running away, in fact I replayed it to see again, he went running behind the players to escape from the champagne that was being sprayed. I agree with Sagaat because, it is not just Muslims but, in Hinduism and Sikhism alcohol is forbidden, people from all religions still drink but, that is a personal and private thing, India shouldn’t have been aping the westerners.

    khansahab

    Afridi on bowling alone cannot be adjudged POT, I think Yuvraj because of 4 times MOM award got the player of the tournament award and rightly so.

  157. #157 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 2, 2011 - 6:26 PM

    Sagaat

    Konsi Giving aur Taking ki baat ker rehay ho? 😀

  158. #158 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 6:32 PM

    Javed Khan,

    Mohabbat. Love. Confidence. LOL

  159. #159 by Mohamed Anfaal on April 2, 2011 - 6:36 PM

    Thanks to everyone for the Good Wishes especially Khansahab,Javed A Khan and Sagaat.

    The only thing I am missing right now is, How I wish I was in my Hometown Mumbai right now, O How I wish,

    Just have to say this once, Just out of joy and without any intention of sounding boastful

    “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS”

  160. #160 by Sagaat on April 2, 2011 - 6:41 PM

    Mohammad Anfaal,

    To be honest I am very disapointed. I guess primarily because Pakistan dropped those 5 catches. The players’ brains were in theta state during the match, it seems. But, at the same time, India thoroughly deserved to win the world cup. Dhoni’s speech was very pleasant.

  161. #161 by Mohamed Anfaal on April 2, 2011 - 6:52 PM

    Sagaat,

    couldn’t agree with you more on those dropped catches but i thought the number was four and not five , but whatever the count point taken,

    I guess after a time even Sachin was feeling embarrassed about it

  162. #162 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 7:02 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I was considering two points- one for his bowling and second for his captaincy.

    He carried a nothing team to the semi final.

  163. #163 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 7:04 PM

    Anfaal

    If Pakistan had beaten India how would you have felt?

    I am not trying to tease you, it is an innocent question.

    I want to know how an Indian Muslim would feel watching Pakistan beat India.

    That is because I have heard that many Indian Muslims want Pakistan to win whenever they play.

  164. #164 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 7:04 PM

    So in the end India were the rightful champions after all because they played better of the the teams. Not only that they also defeated tougher opponents compared to SL in the KO. Both games were very draining for India and the final too was draining, but it helped that they came through tough matches in league and KO.

    Dhoni stood up today and played the captain’s innings. I know I have been very vocal about Dhoni and his so many decisions, but in the end, he proved everyone wrong by taking responsibility and staying till the end to win the game for India.

    I knew Dhoni and Yuvraj will finish it since they have done it so many times before.

    But the start of the chase was a shocker. Sehwag gone for ZERO, and then Sachin after showing excellent tough getting out.

    I was thinking if Gambhir and Dhoni could get the runs under 100 to get then it will come to India’s side.

    They did really well to do that by playing sensibly, taking no risks, and playing Murali with care.

    It helped that SL pace bowling wasn’t so great, and they let pressure get to them a bit.

    Gambhir did the silly thing to get to his hundred with a four and got out. This is no ordinary hundred, so in this instance I would say he should have got it, because it will a hundred in the WC final, and it will be remembered by people for a long long time. Mahela on the other hand becomes the player who got a 100 in WC final and yet his team lost. He becomes the first player to do that.

    It was good see India winning without contribution from Tendulkar. It was poetic justice in the end, because so many times he has done it alone only to see others not pulling their weight. Today he got a team that did it for him.

    In many ways it is perfect that he remains on 99 hundred and did not get his 100th this time. Like Bradman remained on 99.95 average, Tendulkar remains on 99 hundreds. He still might get it, but it’s just another number as far I am concerned. There is nothing left to achieve for Tendulkar, and his team rewarded him to retire with a WC medal after serving his country for 21 years.

    Dhoni’s victory speech was typical Dhoni.

    Umpiring was spot less and the two umpires Dar and Taufel conducted it impeccably, unlike ’07 WC final. Dar has 100% success rate on all decisions, while Taufel had a rare mistake today when SL was batting that India overturned.

    Special thanks to Khansahab, Javed Khan for covering this match and every other match live. It was fun.

    Also thanks to Sagaat, Munir Sahab, and everyone else for the wishes.

  165. #165 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 7:09 PM

    Basit Ali on what needs to happen to make Pakistan cricket better:

    1. Ijaz Butt needs to go

    2. Miandad should make decisions about selection and strategy

    3. Rashid Latif should get a post in PCB

    He said that Miandad is the best brain in the country when it comes to cricket and he does not get to run things because of politics.

  166. #166 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 7:10 PM

    Khansahab,

    Personally for me it is the conclusion of long years of waiting for a WC win by India. I did not follow 1983 WC, I was very young and I only heard about it from people around me then that India won a WC in cricket. That got me interested in cricket, since then I was a huge follower. 1987 is the first WC I followed and was disappointed then. 1992 I saw Pakistan winning the WC brilliantly, and wished how India could have players like that. I know some of you have not followed 92 WC, so haven’t yet experienced that. Then I followed 1996 WC and the painful lose to SL in Semis and the shame of how that match ended. I did not follow ’99, and in ’03 I only followed vaguely, just saw the score card of final and saw they lost poorly. 2007 I followed and it was a disaster. In many ways this WC has fulfilled the dream of Indians, so much that I would think that Indians will now become more mature and gracious towards other teams. There was that missing feeling, now that they know they have done it twice, and also achieved so much in Test matches, I think they would accept defeats more gracefully.

    At least I hope so, I hope they won’t become arrogant like Aussies. Inevitably Indian team has peaked and will find the downward spiral once the great player retire.

    I am still not happy about the Indian attitude towards cricket. India do not develop bowlers, and focus is all on batting. This is wrong. They won only because of the sub continental conditions. But more on that later.

  167. #167 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 7:14 PM

    Khansahab,

    I knew Player of Series would be YV if India won, had SL won Dilshan would have got it since he is top scorer. Had Pakistan got to final and won then Afridi would have got it. They look at the player who is part of winning team these days. Also YV in addition to 340+ runs has got 15 wickets, and four MOM. So, he was a genuine all rounder for India.

  168. #168 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 7:20 PM

    Newguy

    India will be high on morale of course, but they still need to produce good fast bowlers.

    Munaf, Sreesanth and Nehra need to be dropped.

  169. #169 by newguy on April 2, 2011 - 7:22 PM

    Khansahab,

    It is a travesty that India won with these three match losers you mentioned above. Sreesanth almost lost the match for Dhoni today.

  170. #170 by Pawan on April 2, 2011 - 7:28 PM

    WHAT A MATCH
    CAN’t stop celebrating
    CHAkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk de Indiaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    This is it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Will write more laterrrrrrrrrrr

  171. #171 by Mohamed Anfaal on April 2, 2011 - 7:39 PM

    Khansahab,

    “IF” Pakistan had beaten India. My guess is if they had taken those four catches they probably would have gone ahead and beaten India,

    Regarding your main question, I don’t know how to answer it actually, You’ve stumped me there, being born and brought up in Mumbai we don’t think along those lines actually

    short answer would be an Indian Muslim is like any other Indian, he is happy when India wins and disappointed when India loses but if they put up a fight and loose to a better team on that day, then it’s OK ultimately it’s just a game,

    With Pakistan its just a little different and a bit more intense because of our history and rivalry it gets a little emotional the situation is similar to England Australia rivalry,

    if you ever get a chance to visit Mumbai once and stay there for a few weeks, you would know what I am trying to say,

  172. #172 by amir on April 2, 2011 - 7:48 PM

    couldnt watch last part of match cause of a urgent meeting but wow what a decion by dhoni to come ahead of yuvraj. He fully deserve all praise and ofcourse india deserved to win WELL PLAYED INDIA AND I CONGRAGULATE THE WHOLE INDIAN NATION ON WINNING THE WORLD CUP.

  173. #173 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 8:02 PM

    Anfaal

    Someone like me who asks an Indian Muslim how they feel when Pakistan beats their team, I don’t think this person will be considered very “Indian” in India.

  174. #174 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 8:34 PM

    Sagaat

    I have taken screenshots of the video you posted at 8 min 8 secs and 8 min 9 secs, you will find them at below links. if you click on the image you see, you will be directed to an enlarged version:

    http://img5.imageshack.us/i/0808s.jpg/

    http://img831.imageshack.us/i/0809v.jpg/

  175. #175 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 8:43 PM

    “I should have a tattoo on my body saying, “I will never lose to Pakistan”: Gautam Gambhir

  176. #176 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 8:44 PM

    “Misbah could just not handle the pressure“: Shahid Afridi

  177. #177 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 9:23 PM

    Ijaz Butt has supported me: Shahid Afridi

  178. #178 by khansahab on April 2, 2011 - 9:44 PM

    Our policy is merit based and we seek to recruit players from all over Pakistan whether Karachi or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Mohsin Khan

    LOL, what a lie

  179. #179 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 3, 2011 - 3:26 AM

    Sagaat I have seen those two videos which you have posted today

    There is no result in this discussion but, you can discuss it from academic point of view. From the second link, enlarged version you can see the white ball trajectory going on to hit the stumps and the ball at that moment is almost at the crease, and then the trajectory changes and it is shown in the blue path, hence the ball is missing the leg stump by a fraction. For Pakistanis it is hard to digest that the appeal was over turned by the third umpire. Forget about that UDRS, Tendulkar was on 23 then and when Misbah dropped him he was on 27. I have lost the count on what score, Younus Khan, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal dropped him.

    From my perspective Pakistan has lost the match because of their pathetic fielding. India remained unbeaten in the tournament but, Pakistan is the only team that really threatened India and at one stage Indians were believing that they have lost the match but, then it slipped from their hands, so many times. During their batting, Tendulkar got 4 lives, and then Raina took them to some respectability. While Pakistan was batting, Indian bowling was pretty mediocre but, they were bowling straight and Pakistanis threw their wickets away. To add fuel to the fire, Misbah and Younus Khan ruined the hopes of winning, especially Misbah. Even kids say that there is something wrong with Misbah.

  180. #180 by Mohammed Munir on April 3, 2011 - 4:22 AM

    Best Wishes To All Our Indian Bloggers On This Special Win. 🙂

    PS: Please spare a thought for the luckless Sri Lankans who end-up on the loosing side for a second consecutive ICC finals. 😦

  181. #181 by Mohammed Munir on April 3, 2011 - 4:33 AM

    Javed Khan …

    India was not unbeaten in this tournament as you have mentioned above, they lost to South Africa in their group game.

    They also tied with England.

    About Miss-Bah, yes you are cent per cent right he was the biggest culprit in Pakistan’s defeat.

  182. #182 by Mohammed Munir on April 3, 2011 - 4:48 AM

    Khansahab …

    Basit Ali also mentioned another very important point that our team has serious problems with our batting department and both our coaches are bowlers.

    Basit Ali strongly suggested the names of Dav Whatmore and Andy Flower to be Pakistan’s coach, and he said if PCB can bring anyone of these two guys then Pakistan team will be back to it’s lost glory within months.

  183. #183 by Mohammed Munir on April 3, 2011 - 5:55 AM

    Model stands by vow to strip if India wins cup

    Poonam Pandey has pledged to strip as a reward for India’s players if they beat Sri Lanka.

    Right wing parties have decried “such vulgarity and obscenity.” Pandey says she will “do it for the Indian team and I really don’t care about the rest of the world.”

    “We are totally against such vulgarity and obscenity,” a member of an Indian right wing party told the Hindustan Times.

    A spokesman for Shiv Sena, an extreme far right party, wants the government to step in to “make sure such acts should stop. If they do not handle it, we will.” 😉

    Pandey can’t understand what the fuss is about. She first made the offer before India’s momentous semifinal win over Pakistan and stood by her promise on Friday, saying she will either strip for the team in the dressing room or on the pitch — providing they beat Sri Lanka.

    “Of course I am going to do it,” Pandey told Friday’s edition of the Times of India.

    Not everyone is so outraged, and her offer has brought her nationwide fame — quite a publicity stunt for the 20-year-old who is a calendar girl for an Indian airline.

    Source: http://en.news.maktoob.com/20090000665520/Model_stands_by_vow_to_strip_if_India_wins_cup/Article.htm

  184. #184 by Mohammed Munir on April 3, 2011 - 6:41 AM

    I rarely venture onto Blog World, and except 1 or 2 others, LS is always on top of my list. However, in the aftermath of our semi-final defeat a close friend sent me this below article and requested me to read it, which I did. I liked it and would like to share it with you.

    To Afridi With Love…

    There’s a lot to be said about the cricket tournament, especially our match against India. And it has a lot more to do with Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Gul’s bad luck, and Sachin Tendulkar’s good fortune.

    Cricket speaks to our nation in a way our government never has.

    And Shahid Afridi addressed the nation in a way our president never has – unselfish, genuine, modest. So when Afridi apologized to Pakistan, millions listened and were humbled by the gesture. Our eyes filled with tears and our hearts with love and a strange kind of sorrow. Shahid Afridi, you need not apologize to the nation. We are proud of you and our entire cricket team! You didn’t bring back the cup, but any excitement, any happiness, any hope that Pakistanis have felt in the past few months is because of your brilliance. We’ve been hearing a lot of “Pakistan needs something to celebrate,” but what Pakistanis really needed was something to look forward to, and the green team gave us that with the anticipation of each game played.

    The funny thing about cricket is that it can unite the nation through a victory or a loss. It would have been wonderful to go out on the streets and celebrate with dhols, etc, as we did when we won the 20/20 Cricket World Cup in 2009. But even after our loss yesterday, the people of Pakistan, in their state of disbelief, came out and shared their sorrow. Misery loves company. Cars on streets, people driving around slowly, quietly, patiently. No honking, no cursing, no where to go, no where to escape. It was surreal. This only goes to show what cricket means to us and the massive void it fills for our nation.

    Cricketers, you made us patriotic. You made us passionate. You made us proud.

    And these precious adjectives are some that Pakistan rarely gets the chance to associate itself with.

    So again, Afridi, your apology is appreciated but not needed. You conducted yourself with patience, grace and dignity, encouraging your own with a smile, and congratulating the opponents with an even bigger smile. You didn’t win the semi-finals, but you won our hearts. Thank you for showing the world we are not an aggressive nation.

    To Pakistan, I propose this: if there’s anyone who needs to apologize it’s us.

    So to Afridi and the team, I apologize for the pressure I put on you to win the World Cup. It comes from my own shortcomings. So lazy and so cowardly am I that I am incapable of creating for myself a reason to celebrate Pakistan. Since as far as I can remember, my patriotism has tenaciously clung to cricket. It is unfair. I know.

    To those Pakistanis who thought this was a match between Hindus and Muslims, I’m glad India won. This was never a battle between nations, or a jehad against Hindus. It was a semi-final cricket match, and if a loss is what it took to be reminded of this then I’m glad we lost. Victory would have only made you gloat over something you had wrong all along anyway.

    However, if there was one thing I was relieved to discover it was that we don’t hate India. We may hate America, but we don’t hate India. No burning of the Indian flag, no bitter remarks, no threatening reaction. Phew! Just healthy competition and a pure love for the game.

    So we don’t hate India. In fact, we hate Zardari. What pleased me even more were the numerous text messages and facebook statuses I came across that poked fun at Zardari. My personal favourite is, “We congratulate India on winning the semi-finals. As a good-will gesture, India can keep Pakistan’s prime minister. And if it wins the finals, we will give our president too.”

    Ahhh, Zardari jokes. They never get old. He’s our scapegoat now. It’s his fault we lost. Somehow.

    That being said, think. It’s time we stop asking of our cricketers something we should have been asking of ourselves. Or our government. Lets find ourselves a reason to be patriotic and celebrate Pakistan, and let cricket be a sport, not an identity. If we all just took a little responsibility, maybe our beloved team can finally approach the pitch as cricketers, not as soldiers entering the battlefield. We owe it to them.

    Welcome back, boys!

  185. #185 by khansahab on April 3, 2011 - 7:17 AM

    Pakistan played timidly. They were like pussycats: Imran Khan

  186. #186 by khansahab on April 3, 2011 - 7:31 AM

    Dhoni was a railway ticket collector before he became a cricketer.

  187. #187 by khansahab on April 3, 2011 - 7:33 AM

    Sonakshi Sinha upsets her Pakistani fans!

    Just before the Semifinal match between India and Pakistan match on Wednesday, Sonakshi Sinha, tweeted a morphed image of Shahid Afridi getting exhausted by an Indian batsman, which has annoyed some of her fans.

    Sonakshi has even added a title to the image: ‘De ghumaaaaake! Hehehehahahaha.‘ Her action has annoyed some of her fans and her fans started tweeting back with few suggestions. Her fans tell her to be a goodwill ambassador between the two countries and advise her to learn few things from Salman Khan. Some of her fans even unfollowed her on twitter.

    On receiving such reactions, Dabangg girl was surprised with her joke and asked her fans to calm down and be a sport and said that she was just joking. Later on she realized the intensity of the issue and deleted the image from her twitter account.

  188. #188 by khansahab on April 3, 2011 - 7:37 AM

    India deserve World Cup glory:Imran Khan

    NEW DELHI: World Cup-winning legends Imran Khan , Allan Border and Vivian Richards today said that India deserved to taste World Cup glory as the team has been the team to beat in the last few years.

    Imran, who led Pakistan to 1992 World Cup triumph, said India’s triumph after a gap of 28 years was a no fluke.

    “It is not that India suddenly came up to win the World Cup. There is a reason why they won it. They have been on the rise in the last few years. They have the all-round depth. India’s World Cup victory was a no fluke,” said Imran.

    He said India’s semifinal win over arch-rivals Pakistan had done a world of good to the confidence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men.

    They went through a high pressure game against Pakistan. Today, there did not show any pressure. They were completely confident,” he said.

  189. #189 by khansahab on April 3, 2011 - 7:41 AM

    Munir sahab

    I dare that model to strip, I wonder if she has guts.

    And “strip” here does not mean strip “partially”.

    If she loves her country, her cricket team and her profession I dare her to strip wholeheartedly 🙂

    Here she is:

  190. #190 by khansahab on April 3, 2011 - 7:47 AM

    Javed A Khan

    You have spoken about causes of Pakistan’s defeat.

    The blame goes to K Akmal and Misbah.

    I don’t blame Younis, Gul or U Akmal because their dropped catches/poor performance with the bat/ball were one-offs.

    K Akmal and Misbah are the ones who have been losing matches. Akmal dropped 3 catches, 2 were off Afridi and 1 was off Gul or Riaz I think.

    I am angry with Younis and Gul obviously which is why I mentioned them on the review thread, but can’t really admonish them too much for one flaw even though the flaw occurred at the worst time.

  191. #191 by Mohammed Munir on April 3, 2011 - 8:05 AM

    Khansahab …

    Hope you are not following Sonakshi … On ‘twitter’ that is. 😉

  192. #192 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 3, 2011 - 8:15 AM

    khansahab et munir

    the photo of the model that khansahab has posted is with makeup and airbrushing, here is one without makeup.

    http://143news.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/art_poonem_pandey-420×01.jpg

  193. #193 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 3, 2011 - 9:59 AM

    Yes Munir you are right about India’s defeat at the hands of SA, I dunno what I must have been thinking when I wrote that, I do remember they drew with England.

    Regarding this MA-DULL there is no portfolio and that is why she is so keen to display, it is like empty vessels make more sound. There is a Latin quote and its English translation is, “no one can give what they don’t have.” Jab hayee kuch nai tou dikhai gee kya? Wohi baat kay; ‘Nangi nahaye gee kya aur nichoray gee kya?’

  194. #194 by Mohammed Munir on April 3, 2011 - 10:04 AM

    Javed Khan …

    LOL @ MA-DULL.

    I have seen her pictucre which you posted above, and on second thoughts, I think she is better-off keeping those clothes on. 😉

  195. #195 by khansahab on April 3, 2011 - 10:38 AM

    I have read about Misbah’s recent interview. He said that he was asked to play defensively. He also said that Afridi’s decision was to delay the powerplay. Ajmal asked for attacking field, but Afridi refused it and Tendulkar was let off.

    Misbah seems to be criticising Afridi for the defeat.

  196. #196 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 3, 2011 - 10:47 AM

    Ulta Chor Kotwal Ko Daantay!

    Misbah is like a Khisyani Billi Khumba Nochi. The whole world is criticizing him for playing negative cricket and he is criticizing Afridi? LOL… what a man he is. Who let Tendulkar off? The first catch was dropped by the BUCKET HANDED MISBAH. As regards power play that is not an issue, most teams have delayed it till the end. Besides, in Misbah’s case he was blocking every single ball so Dhoni kept all his fielders in the inner circle, it was already like a power play so what was the need of taking the power play? You take the batting power play when your batsmen are trying to hit hard and big over the infielders and behind the inner circle, it is then you take the power play to take advantage but, not when you are blocking every ball and at the most take a single on the last ball?

  197. #197 by JAVED A. KHAN on April 3, 2011 - 10:52 AM

    Munir

    Mai tumharay Vichaar say Muttafiq hoon, in Mian Nawaz Sharif’s English, “I AM AGREE.” 😀 that ZEE MA DULL would be better off wearing clothes, in fact the whole of the Bollywood would be better off if they remain in normal decent dress. Bollywood ki Chinglees ko dekh ker Salman Khan, Naatay Khan, Paatay Khan, Akshay, Mitti, Shitty, Govinda, Shove in Da, sabho nay apni Kameezain phaar leen. There is no dance without Salman Khan showing off his DAOLAY and creating an indecent exposure.

  198. #198 by khansahab on April 3, 2011 - 10:55 AM

    ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Team of the Tournament (in batting order):

    Sachin Tendulkar (India)
    Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)
    Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka, WK and captain)
    Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka)
    AB de Villiers (South Africa)
    Yuvraj Singh (India)
    Shane Watson (Australia)
    Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
    Dale Steyn (South Africa)
    Zaheer Khan (India)
    Muttiah Muralidaran (Sri Lanka)
    12th man: Tim Southee (New Zealand)

  199. #199 by khansahab on April 3, 2011 - 11:01 AM

    I have been saying for a long time that Dhoni is a match winning batsman for India. Of course he is more suited to the ODI format as opposed to Tests.

    Dhoni’s average in ODI’s that India has won is 74. In the ODI’s they have lost he averages 27.

    This is the biggest discrepancy for any player I have seen between averages in matches won and lost. This is a guy who almost makes 50 MORE runs per match in those matches which his team wins in.

  200. #200 by Mohammed Munir on April 3, 2011 - 11:27 AM

    Miss-Bah is an A$$ *&^*%(*()&(^^$%#^%$*&(^(*&#@&* to blame Afridi for his own fcuking mistakes.

    Is he a bloody baby to do what others tell him, doesn’t he have his own brain ❓

    He is captain of our Test team and much much older their Afridi, so he should have used his own brain to decide, if he had one. 😉

  201. #201 by khansahab on April 3, 2011 - 11:50 AM

    new thread on blog

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