• Have you ever experienced that eerie sinking feeling? Have you ever felt that whatever you do, it still won't be enough? Have you ever felt inadequate? We all may have gone
    through these emotions at some point in time, but have perhaps been lucky enough to avert dealing with them in full public glare. But, the 'minnows' in this World Cup aren't as lucky enough. They must have practiced long and hard before the tournament, they still spend many hours on the field between the matches when most teams are going through the motions, just to justify their presence, yet mostly, it isn't enough. They, as expected, finish on the losing side. They constantly try to punch above their weight and push the bigger nations but the lack of experience and talent lets them down. The humiliation of a loss is invariably followed by intense media scrutiny which, quite callously, announce their verdict— 'the minnows don't belong here'. While the verdict has some merit, (you don't want lopsided matches in the

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  • The Greatest Cricket Match Ever

    'The mighty Aussies are coming'


    It was 2001 and the Australian team was arriving in India. The papers spent most of their newsprint debating if there were enough baked beans for Warnie this time around, Ganguly's alleged temple wedding with Nagma and of course whether the Indian team under recently appointed foreign coach John Wright, could put up a fight against the 15-consecutive-Test-winning Oz team.

     

    I was a student at St Xaxier's College in Mumbai then, and my annual exams were just about coinciding with the 1st Test that was to be played in the city. Given that all my friends were too busy burying themselves in books, I bought myself a season pass for the Guest Stand at the Wankhede and decided that I'd just have to head to the cricket alone. There was no way that I was going to miss this encounter.

     
    At a glance, the scorecard of the Mumbai Test shows that India were sent packing in just three days. What it doesn't show is the level of excitement, the competitiveness and all

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  • This game started with an unusual incident. RT Ponting led his team on to the field of play and then the on field umpires – Billy Bowden and Amish Saheba entered. Normally it should be the other way round – Umpires entered the field of play first and then the fielding team.

    Amongst the Indian grounds, Bangalore earned the distinction of hosting most world cup matches – seven – which includes this game. Delhi stands next with six world cup games.

    Canada capped K Whatham for this game. He became the 192nd cricketer to make one day debut in the world cup. He is the 30th Canadian cricketer to make his one day debut in the world cup.

     
    RT Ponting is leading Australia for the 27th occasion in the world cup and is on par with SP Fleming of New Zealand who has led New Zealand on similar number of occasions in the world cup.

    H Patel scored 54 in this game to provide the 12th occasion of a Canadian batsman scoring fifties in the world cup. It also represents the fifth occasion of a Canada opening

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