• What's the most fundamental reason for trusting technology over human competence? Accuracy, I'd assume. If that is achieved, there shouldn't be a doubt on exploiting it to its utmost. Yet, if its design doesn't allow an infallible fact finding system, it must start a debate.

     

    Let me tell you from the outset that I've always been in favour of using technology, for that's the way forward, whether we like it or not. When everything else around us is evolving at break-neck speed, then why should cricket be allowed to slumber in the stone age? Just to reiterate my point, I must tell you that I haven't come across a batsman worth his salt who is okay to be given out when he isn't, or a bowler who approves of having his appeal turned down when he's 100% sure of claiming another scalp. Just to add to the drama, the broadcasting technology has improved manifold,  which gives the viewers the access to accurate information with regards to every dismissal.

     

    What a pity then that the men - the

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  • Will anyone ever again consider South Africa as a serious contender for the World Cup or any other major event? Will the bookies ever again install South Africa as favourites? Will any punter back them to emerge champions? The answer to all these questions has to be a resounding "no" following the tragicomic events of Friday.

    Here was a team playing as champions. Here was the team to beat for the title said the experts and almost everyone else. Here was a team that was peaking at the right time after topping a highly competitive group. Here was a team that had an invincible look about it with an array of in-form batsmen, an all-time great in Jacques Kallis, arguably the best fielding unit in the game, a bowling line-up headed by the best fast bowler in the business and including a fascinating mix of spinners and led by a fiercely competitive and intensely patriotic captain. And yet here they were going down to a side which has always had the bridesmaid tag written all over it, with a

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  • RT Ponting of Australia with his 104 against India at Ahmedadad on 24.03.11 earned one more feather in his cap. It was fourth hundred in the world cup and with it he became the only captain to score four hundreds in the world cup.  He went past SC Ganguly’s three hundreds on his way to the distinction.

    RT Ponting's four hundreds are listed thus – 114 vs Sri Lanka at Centurion on 07.03.03 : 140* vs India at Johannesburg on 23.03.03 : 113 vs Scotland at Basseterre on 14.03.07 and 104 vs India at Ahmedabad on 24.03.11.

    SC Ganguly's three hundreds read thus – 112* vs Namibiad at Pietermaritzburg on 23.02.03 : 107* vs Kenya at Cape Town on 07.03.03 and 111* vs Kenya at Durban on 20.03.03.

    RT Ponting with his 104 against India at Ahmedabad on 24.03.11 became the only captain to score two hundreds against India in the world cup. He had scored 140* against India at Johannesburg on 23.03.03.

    RT Ponting and SC Ganguly are the only two captains to score hundreds against a specific opposition on

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