• 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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  • South Africa have gone about their business in the first five group matches for the most part in a professional manner, and have also gained in confidence and the much-talked about momentum, as they look to end their numerous heartbreaks in World Cups.

    In the 2011 World Cup, South Africa imploded dramatically against England to lose a low-scoring thriller by six runs, and as expected the 'chokers' tag was quickly thrust again on Graeme Smith's team. Smith was understandably miffed by this tag being put on South Africa and was at his sarcastic best in the press conference following the loss to England. To the Proteas' credit, they bounced back tremendously with victories over India and Ireland in their next two matches.

    The 131-run win against Ireland thanks to a stellar knock of 99 by JP Duminy saw South Africa become the first team from Group B to qualify for the quarter-finals of the ongoing World Cup. South Africa had earlier thumped West Indies and Netherlands in their first two

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