• CH Gayle completed 600 runs in the world cup when he was on 4 during his knock of 8 in this game. At the end of this game his run aggregate stood at 604. He became the seventh West Indian batsman to total 600 plus runs in the world cup. Others are – BC Lara {1225}, IVA Richards {1013}, S Chanderpaul {970}, DL Haynes {854}, RR Sarwan {739} and RB Richardson {639}.
     

    DM Bravo scored zero in this game providing the 36th occasion of a West Indies batsman scoring zero in the world cup.  His zero provides the third occasion of a batsman scoring duck in the quarter finals of the world cup. The other two occasions are – Mushtaq Ahmed of Pakistan vs India at Bangalore on 09.03.96 and Ata-ur-Rehman vs India at Bangalore on 09.03.96.

    DM Bravo, DC Thomas, D Bishoo and R Rampaul scored zeros in this game providing the 15th occasion of four or more batsmen scoring ducks in an innings in the world cup. This is the first occurrence of four West Indian batsmen involved in such an occurrence in the world

    Read More »from Match Number 43: First Quarter Finals
  • With the
    quarterfinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 about to begin, it is a good
    time to assess the form of the captains of the eight surviving teams. Let me take
    up the performance of the skippers in the league stage in the order in which
    they figure on the Castrol Index.

     

    Pakistan captain Shahid
    Afridi
    (Castrol Index 115) is the kind of character who has been
    inspirational. He has had a very good tournament with the ball, claiming 17
    wickets and securing a Bowling Efficiency of 103 - the best among those who
    have bowled more than just a couple of overs. He has the kind of body language,
    the energy and the presence on the field that rubs off on the other players.

     

    Daniel Vettori
    (Castrol Index 93) is a quality player himself but he can only do so much
    tactically with that New Zealand side. Because of the kind of talent it has,
    the team seems to be going through its paces. If Vettori can put up a big
    performance by getting wickets in his 10 overs, he can add more value to New

    Read More »from Skippers Afridi, Sangakkara leading from the front
  • Long story short, if India are to beat defending champions Australia on March 24th, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has to bring back his old-self. With time, the Indian captain has become defensive in his approach - which at times has cost our cricket-mad country. Sure we won the World Twenty20 under him and challenged Australia's hegemony at the top - but those attacking instincts have somewhat perished.

     

    He probably has the best team right now - batting wise. Bowling wise, the pitches here in sub-continent will always suit the batsmen. If our bowlers can't perform in England, Australia or South Africa we have a case for worry - not here. Did anybody say anything about fielding? We are improving.

     

    Coming back to Dhoni's captaincy; his wasted attempt of making a bowler out of Piyush Chawla (in what appears to be an attempt to prove critics wrong) cost India 174 runs in three matches before sense prevailed in Chennai. He doesn't lack the nous.

     

    He's got to bring his attacking style

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