Friday, February 18, 2011

ICC WC 2011- Curtain Raiser

What a start for the ICC WC 2011. The grand opening ceremony at the Banga Bandhu Stadium, was just the right curtain raiser for things to come. The tournament slated to be watched by over 800 Million people world over, should create records, which will be difficult to beat.

Come 19th February, the tournament kicks of with the favourites India taking on the dangerous underdogs Bangladesh, at Mirpur.
Mirpur, at the last practice match between Pakistan and Bangladesh, turned out a rank turner of a wicket, which superbly suited the spinners. What is it going to be for the opening match,is any body's guess. To add to the worries, the dew always had an impact on the day night fixtures in Bangladesh. Though this may not affect majorly in the dry February heat, the last ten to fifteen overs at the end of the match can be crucial.

India will be playing under pressure of the favourite tag, Bangladesh Home crowd and the2007 shock. But in recent times, Indians have been faring well under pressure under the ever cool MSD.

India have started with a favourite tag in many World Cups, but never had the label been more authentic than now. Their bowling attack may look a little fragile, but the batting line up is awesome with players like Raina, Yusuf, Yuvraj and Virat fighting for slots. Bangladesh has many left arm spinners. MSD would be better of carrying more left hand batsmen than right.

As for Bangladesh, Shaiful Islam is carrying an injury concern, but should play. Mahmuddula and Naeem Islam will probably be played as the spin bowling all rounders. Raqibul Hasan may play ahead of Md.Ashraful awfully out of form. Bangladesh will go in to the match with Two pacers and plenty of slow bowlers.

The match can go either way with India going in with 60% chance of a win. Wish the Men in Blue Luck.


  1. Mr Raghavan first of all I congratulate you for your blog.How you are calling 63 years old perhaps there is typing mistake it should 36,as Sachin.Your prediction about the bowling came true had Team India scored 250/275 we would have lost the math.In my view there must be better understanding for running between the wickets,Sachins'run out was pathetic hope that will not happen again.

  2. I agree. 15 to 20 runs were lost due to poor fielding at the India Bangla match