The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Glorious uncertainties??? Hmmm

Having to attend a meeting this evening means that I will miss the first half of the India – England T20 match, and a part of my mind will be on what’s happening at Lord’s.

India needs to win to stay in the competition. If they lose, they are out, and the winner of the England – West Indies will join South Africa in the semi-finals.

There is no doubt that India is a formidable outfit, equipped with players of class. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has turned a bunch of gifted youngsters into a fearless and exciting team, and though his own shrewdness, intelligence and calm, has made the reigning champions a side to fear.

England, on the other hand, have stuttered in a form of the game that they created. If their hammering in India in the ODI series, the mauling at the hands of South Africa in the previous T20 match, and the humiliation by Netherlands, is anything to go by, the English do not stand a chance. You might even say that they beat Pakistan rather easily because the latter were distracted and out of sorts.

One might add that India’s defeat by the West Indies was merely a one-off, but, it certainly had many interested watchers sitting up and taking notice.

India has bled a lot of runs early on and in the closing stages of many of the matches, and this is an area of concern. The explosive and talented bating line-up, barring some exceptions, has not quite delivered all that it is capable of.

And, this represents England’s best chance – an Indian team that is suddenly assailed by self-doubt.

Stuart Broad who was smacked for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh in Durban in the previous edition of the T2 World Cup will have a few anxious moments if he is to bowl to the same batsman today. But, that is merely one sidelight of the match.

India definitely look the better bet and should come through.

Unless the match lives up to the oft-repeated cliché that cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties.

India’s huge fan following will be livid if that happens, though.

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June 14, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that, Cricket | , , , , ,

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