• 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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  • 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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