The ace pacer from Rawalpindi famously called the “Rawalpindi Express” known for his ferocious pace and aggression has served Pakistan cricket for the past 13 years. His ability to play with the ball and reverse swing at will makes him one of the most feared bowlers in the international cricket. With the world cup looming in the subcontinent, many hopes and responsibilities are lying on this shoulder helped him to win the race against time to get fit and is definitely the bowling spearhead for team. Yes, I’m talking about Pakistan’s mercurial pacemen, Sohib Akhtar.
This injury prone ace cricketer had many ups and downs in his legendry cricketing career. He plays a key role in this team and holds the bowling together
West Indian Captain Darren Julius Garvey Sammy, the right-hand batsman and right-arm fast medium bowler, born in St. Lucia on 20 December, 1983 was appointed as captain of this talented West Indian side in 2010. His leadership merits and vibrant on-field execution has given him the opportunity to lead the West Indies cricket team this world cup. Sammy would be keen to make the most of it thus enabling the Windies team to go deep into the tournament.
Darren Sammy was the part of West Indies under-19 World Cup which was played in New Zealand and became the part of West Indies ODI squad in July 2004, He was called into the Champions Trophy squad in September 2004, after their fast bowler, Jermaine Lawson was ruled out with
What we saw today in front of the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore is just horrific. Police lodged a Lathicharge on the passionate fans that turned up in thousands to buy the tickets just three days before the encounter between Indian and England. Is this what they are rewarded for their passion for the game?
There has been a shortage for tickets all over the country this World Cup which is a big blow for both Cricket and the fans. This is the result of complete mismanagement form the KSCA. There are many questions unanswered? First: why didn’t the KSCA sell tickets online? Bangalore, being the tech capital of our country has not sold a single ticket online! Second: Exactly how many tickets are sold to the public? Third: If
One of the new reforms that make World Cup 2011 unique is the Umpire Decision Referral System (UDRS). Every team has two chances to challenge the on-field umpire’s decision. Javed Miandad said “either the fielding captain or dismissed batsman will be able to request a review of a decision.” This is a very efficient way of reducing the errors made by on-field umpires which often prove as truing points in a match. This system also reduces a lot of pressure off the umpires and when their decisions are reviewed, they would feel more responsible and hence saved from criticism.
But does that increase the confidence of the umpire or make them more complacent? Some may deny it. Technology in sport is good, but we must not
After yesterday’s encounter against Zimbabwe, the Australians would want to go back in their dressing room and have a serious conversation with their coach. As the pundits predicted, the batsmen were scrambling. They had the slowest possible start in their World Cup campaign. Just hours after Ponting made remarks about the minor teams participating in the tournament, Zimbabwe tried proving a point. Some brilliant bowling performances by G. Cremer (10-0-41-1), P. Utsey (10-2-43-1) and R. Price (10-0-43-1) made things very difficult for the Aussies. They made them earn each run put on board. The batsmen struggled from the start, it them took 26 overs (158 balls) to reach the 100 mark. With the score board reading 174/3 in
Ian Chappell might get it right this time. The 2011 World Cup is the “Most open cup since 1975”. Unlike in 2007 where it was a matter of who would meet Australia in the final; five teams have a realistic chance of winning this world cup. After the performances in the warm up matches and the initial cup matches, every team looks to have equal chances of winning.
With the defending champions looking a little rusty, the chances of others look very bright. Maybe we would see a different team in the final after 16 long years of reign and with other teams performing magnificently makes this cup more interesting.
India’s perfectly equipped for both setting and chasing huge targets. India has an implausibly strong batting
One big factor that gives India a greatest edge over the others in this world cup is the presence of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, formally known as the God. A great batsman with loads of experience and most importantly, character. He’s a man of true integrity and ambition. His batting is formidable and is enough to win matches on his own. He has broken every possible record that could probably exist. With every milestone reached, every stone turned only one quest still remains undone, a World Cup for the country. In 2003 he almost made it possible, a dream was left unaccomplished. Now it’s a chance to convert it into reality. He always put country before himself, he is happier when India wins than his century scored in the
Like every Indian I want my country to bag this world cup. The passion, sprit adds purpose to the tournament and determination hauls you through the deepest darkness to the juncture of glory. Out of all the teams participating, South Africa’s chances fancy me the most. They are one of the hot favourites going into the tournament and I wouldn’t be surprised why. They reached the semi-finals in three occasions (1992, 1999 and 2007) after being included in the world cup since 1992. They showed themselves hard, aggressive and determined sufficient to go till the end. On paper, they are a very strong, balanced side which has everything: talent, experience and zeal but lack a very important factor, luck.