Can any cricket lover forget the cricket history between 1999 and 2007 during which Australia performed a ‘hat-trick’ World Cup Victory!
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The Australian cricket team was welcomed by 10,000 fans to whistles and waves, joyful screams and music! It is forever etched in the annals of cricketing history!
In 2011, India hosted the world cup along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Pakistan, which was supposed to be one of the hosts was banned because of their terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team. India won this world cup (their second).
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Rumors are adrift that the victory was swayed in India’s favor for just one reason: Sachin Tendulkar’s resignation from world class cricket and the absence of a World Cup victory from his list of conquests, in this case, participation. Could that have been made possible? The stakes were high. Sachin Tendulkar was already at the tail-end of his career. It was a case of ‘curtains drawn’ but today all that one remembers is that India won.
Somewhere mid-way, it looked like the Sri Lankans would take the world cup home but a reversal of fortunes made India defeat the Lankans by six wickets! India earned a first to their credit! They became the first country to win a world cup on their home soil! Prince Yuvraj was awarded the Man of the Match award.
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The victories enjoyed in the past have been over-shadowed by India’s dismal performance in the last few years. Captain cool, MS Dhoni has been victimized in many a scandal thanks to the murky world of the BCCI. Dhoni has been a fearless victor but the constant scandals have taken their toll on him and today, he looks like a broken man. He just wants to call it quits.
The Indian team is known for its perennial dependency on one person to steer the team to victory. From Gavaskar, to Sachin, Dhoni and now Virat Kohli.
Do the Indians ever watch their counterparts, understand their achilles’ heel – never! The opposition always seems to know how to irk our batsmen, and exploit their weakness for hitting in one particular region. Have a few victories of the past made the Indian team too complacent for words?
Every other established team performs together. The lower order of the Australian team braves the most Indian bowlers like none other. Does the current Indian cricket team look formidable enough to retain the past glory of the World Cup, to retain the magnificent trophy once again.
The first match against Pakistan will say it all. Indians love to go by certain facts e.g. Pakistan has never, ever been able to defeat India in a match/opening match of the World Cup.
Can we please stop thinking on such rigid line for who knows what the morrow brings?
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The moustache-twirling Shikhar Dhawan always reeks of over-confidence but when ball comes to bat, the silly mistakes to which our batsmen fall prey are unforgivable. True, ViratKohli is the fiery new ray on the horizon who loves to give vent to the sledging from the opponents but at the end of the day, it’s not your moustache or language which is going to bring glory. It’s your performance, the will to win and the determination to battle to the hilt!
India is poor by fast bowlers. Ishant Sharma is not in form and we have no fiery bowler to shake the opponents off the pitch. Surprisingly, our reliable batsmen have fallen to many a spin ball – ironic especially when we call ourselves the nation of ‘spinners’.
What then are the chances of India in the world cup? Will we see MS Dhoni leading from the front, as always. The man is a maestro and no one can ever forget the many victories India has celebrated because of this one brave Captain. Will he weave his magic bat again – we hope so – for India, for the World Cup, for himself. After all there is a lot more to Captain Cool & we all hold a flag to him, don’t we?
Submitted by Community Writer – Canta Dadlaney | @zoneofsilence
A grossly misunderstood maverick who loves to write, travel and photograph, Canta Dadlaney is a poet who loves music, trekking. She has been a radio jockey and compere book launches. She has impeccable skills in conversing and writing and would love to interview the ‘who’s who’ in the world.
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