• It is nice to be
    able to be among the wickets and progress to being figuring high in the Bowling
    Efficiency on the Castrol Index. The ball came out of the hand pretty well the other
    night in Colombo against Pakistan. To me it is always a good indication of how
    things are progressing.

     

    And to think that
    some months ago, the only person who believed I could be back bowling was me.

     

    When you analyse
    Australia's last league game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 against
    Pakistan, it is clear that we didn’t score enough runs. Unfortunately, that
    night in Colombo, we didn't do well enough to give ourselves the opportunity to
    bowl with a score to defend. I think skipper Ricky Ponting echoed these
    comments after the day's play.

     

    In fact, I have been
    happy with the way I have bowled throughout this tournament. In the first four
    matches, I had four wickets and it would have been nice to have a few more. I
    felt I was bowling okay and that the wickets would come. I have stayed patient,

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  • It was an open World Cup five weeks ago. It is still an open World Cup going into the quarterfinals thanks to all the fancied teams making the grade. There is only a slight change in the scenario. India were the bookies' favourites on the eve of the competition; the favourites are now South Africa. But to be candid any one of about half a dozen teams has an almost equal chance of winning the cup. The days of one team dominating like the West Indies in the formative years of the World Cup of Australia in the first decade of the new millennium are over. Even during the preliminary stage the strengths and the weaknesses of the eight quarterfinalists were palpable. This has clearly been brought out by the fact that none of the eight teams could maintain an unbeaten record. Some lost one game, others two and the West Indies in fact went down in three before making the grade on better run rate.

     

    And so to the quarterfinals. The pairings are intriguing to say the least. The most entertaining

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  • Beating Australia, India style

    Over the past few days, there was an appreciable amount of
    anxiety as to who India would encounter in the quarterfinals of the World Cup,
    with all possible scenarios coming through, three opponents in question -
    Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Now, it's formal - Australia at Ahmedabad
    on Thursday. Wellofcourse, it was important for the Indian lads to sign-off the
    preliminary group stages by seeing off the West Indies at Chennai, but somehow
    the rather disturbing takeaway from the game was it typified India's campaign
    in the tournament so far - unconvincing but mighty effective. Improvement from
    the previous excursions were scarce, with familiar deficiencies popping out
    time and again, which still is a sign of concern, given the nature of the
    format they await next - a knockout. Is Australia a good deal, some of you
    might ask? I say, a great bargain and a fantastic opportunity to assert their
    title credentials by knocking the defending champions out. And, going with the
    popular

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