Partab Ramchand

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  • Will the magic be re-created?

    Will the magic of June 25, 1983 be re-created in Indian cricket? The lustre over India's only ODI World Cup victory glows more and more with the passing of each year.

     

    Six editions have since gone by and the closest the Indian team has come repeating the feat of 'Kapil Dev's team was in South Africa in 2003, when Sourav Ganguly and his men made it to the title round.

     

    But as the saying goes, second best is still a loser, and to be candid the Indians were so badly outplayed by Ricky Ponting and his all conquering squad that there was never any chance of winning.

     

    Since it continues to be an only triumph, there is a tendency to dismiss the 1983 World Cup victory as a fluke but that will be unfair to Kapil's Devils as they were christened by a suitably impressed British media. After all, the Indians defeated the two-time champion West Indies not once but twice and added the in form England's scalp for good measure.

     

    There's no doubt there was something positive about that triumph.

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  • Indo-Pak encounter retains its special aura

    There has always been hype about encounters involving India and Pakistan. "Arch rivals", "old foes" and other such cliches give the games an edge over matches played by other teams - even when these are against India or Pakistan - as far as publicity is concerned.

     

    All the same, I must say that on numerous occasions the games have matched the hype and build up and the one at Dambulla on Saturday was the latest in a long line of memorable finishes.

     

    Whether it is Tests, ODIs or Twenty20 India vs Pakistan is the marquee clash, the one match-up in world cricket that can draw a crowd anytime and anywhere, can attract the attention of sponsors to an unimaginable extent and can generate the kind of TV viewership that probably nothing in the sport can.

     

    Wisden has noted that besides a crammed stadium, a TV audience implausibly guesstimated at a billion followed the India - Pakistan match in the 2003 World Cup. It was not unexpectedly the tournament's most feverishly talked-up match and

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  • Jaidev Unadkat has it in him

    As one who has witnessed at close quarters the farce that was the Indian opening bowling in the sixties and early seventies, I marvel at the strength and variety of the pace attack these days. There is virtually an embarrassment of riches and some forty years ago, one would never have thought that the day would come when that phrase could be used to describe the Indian fast bowling scenario.

     

    There are any number of worthy contenders for the slots in all formats of the game - Test, one day or Twenty20. At the moment Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra are the front runners but able support is ready in the form of Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, Irfan Pathan, S Sreesanth and Munaf Patel.

     

    Then there are the younger claimants in Ashok Dinda, Vinay Kumar, Abimanyu Mithan and others to make the happy picture complete. Ajit Agarkar has surely played his last match for India while the likes of VRV Singh and Laxmipathy Balaji who played for India till not too long ago are now virtually

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  • Batting has been India’s strong point

    Since its genesis in Sharjah in 1984 the Asia Cup has come a long way. Its history might be a bit rocky in that it has not been held every two years as initially envisaged. Also a couple of times, the tournament has been held with India or Pakistan not taking part. All this is now in the past and the four Test teams from the sub-continent are now regular participants.

     

    On the last couple of occasions, the organizers in a bid to spread the game over a wider area have invited teams from the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong to take part. And, while, this is no doubt a laudable move it has also led to some meaningless matches.

     

    In the tenth edition of the competition being held in Sri Lanka from June 15 to 24, it is back to the four Test teams who will play each other once before the top two qualify for the final. And, while, Bangladesh have proved their competence in limited overs cricket their inconsistency does not augur well for them and it is clear that the winner will come from

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