The 2011 World Cup has been a tournament of comebacks and wake-up calls for Teams like India and England © Getty Images

 

By Dhananjay Devasper

 

We’re well and truly into the third week of the tournament and it’s been a tournament of comebacks and wake-up calls. It all started with the BangladeshIreland encounter where the hosts looked down and out. Ireland mysteriously lost their way and the match and allowed Bangladesh a glimmer of hope for the quarters.

 

England were involved in the remaining three matches where fortunes swung wildly. In the first against India they were coasting to victory, till Zaheer Khan put the brakes on their charge and eventually ensured a tie. In the second they let the Irish steal their thunder to give them their most famous win yet. Finally, when the chips were down, they dug in deep to “choke” South Africa in a low scoring match.

 

It’s a tournament of contrasts as well, where you have teams winning by 200 runs on one hand and exciting matches like the India-England tie on the other. The performance of a couple of teams, have become wake-up calls for the others – whether its absolute domination or a self- induced implosion.

 

Speaking of wake-up calls, the ICC has definitely got one. Throughout this tournament they have been sending all the wrong messages to everyone. Whether it was the format of the tournament for the next World Cup or the change in the UDRS 2.5m rule in the middle of the tournament or the ticket fiasco, they have been careless and shockingly unprofessional, to say the least.

 

The much-reviled UDRS system has also created a conflict among the umpires. While Billy Bowden refused to use his common sense and let his ego prevail over the Ian Bell decision, umpire Daryl Harper was having his ego punctured after the UDRS had him crossing arms and reversing his decision four times. It’s a tough job out in the middle and it’s the only one where you have to admit to your mistake in front of a worldwide audience.

 

Finally the comeback story which has all Indians smiling: the resurgence of Yuvraj Singh. He became the first player to get five wickets and score 50 runs in a World Cup game. The news couldn’t be better for India, who have been struggling with their bowling.

 

Two 50s in three matches also means that he is slowly getting back into batting form, which augurs well for India from a middle-order perspective. This could possibly be the biggest wake-up call for all the teams in the World Cup.

 

Stay tuned……

 

(Dhananjay Devasper is an “IT guy” by profession and a sports fanatic at heart. He has an unbridled passion for sports and Indian achievements in sport. Extremely opinionated, he attempts offering perspectives around sports which are simple to understand and easy to relate with)