• Leading By Example

    Pat Symcox highlighted an excellent point today after the Pakistan-WI match. He said the previous World Cups have been won by captains who've led by example during the tournament.

    The thread connecting Clive Lloyd, Kapil Dev, Allan Border, Imran Khan, Arjuna Ranatunga, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting is that they'd been among their teams' top performers.

    By that yardstick, who has been the best leader by example at this World Cup?

    Afridi and Sangakkara are the leading bowler and batsman respectively in the tournament. Dhoni, Vettori, Ponting and Smith have catching up to do.

    Who will be the last man standing?

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    Ravi Rampaul, whose inclusion ahead of Andre Russell was largely due to his five-for against India, got another chance with the ball in the 18th over. And Mohammed Hafeez greeted him with a square drive you would have called exquisite -- and regretted it, because the next ball was cover driven with such skill and grace, you'd have had no adjectives left.

    There are times when doing something makes no sense -- and right now, this blog and its five-over updates falls in that category. This game is over; Pakistan is on the verge of sealing one of the most emphatic wins ever in a World Cup competition between full nations, and there is nothing left to 'update'.

    Pakistan's performance has been scarily close to perfection -- a couple of blemishes in the field, a momentary lapse in concentration, are the only 'lapses' you could maybe point at, if you were in a particularly carping mood.

    Against that, the West Indies

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  • Steve Waugh with his red hanky.Steve Waugh with his red hanky.

    It’s that time of the World Cup when die-hard fans would go any distance to keep their teams from losing. Indians being a people with a thing for the irrational, expect them to do some crazy things when their team meets Australia in the quarterfinal.

    The most well-known superstition among cricket fans in India goes something like this: when the team is doing well, do not move an inch from your position. A slight movement risks tilting the planets off their favourable positions and bring bad luck to the team.

    I can tell you of my own experience.

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    In the Natwest final of 2002, India were down in the dumps, five-down chasing 326 when Yuvraj Singh unleashed three fours in a Ronnie Irani over. Sensing a build-up, I took my position on the drawing room carpet in front of our TV.

    While Yuvraj and Kaif got India closer, I stayed still, not moving a millimetre. My legs fell asleep, my back hurt and the tension made me uneasy. As three wickets fell, I began to doubt my method but decided to

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