• Let's begin with the basics: India's loss to South Africa was the first defeat in this edition of the World Cup. And despite this bad hair day, India still top Group B and is certain of a place in the quarter-finals. We could crib and cry and say our three wins in the group came against minnows - but remember what a 'minnow' called Ireland did to England?

     

    - India has amassed 1,405 runs in their five matches so far - thrice batting first and twice chasing. They have taken a total of 44 opposition wickets - bowling out Ireland and Netherlands before 50 overs. Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar (twice) have scored centuries while Gautam Gambhir (twice), Yuvraj Singh (twice) and Virender Sehwag have registered half-centuries in those matches. Yuvraj Singh got a five-wicket haul once during one of those matches. So, appearances to the contrary, we aren't doing too badly after all, in two of the three departments of the game. Our fielding sucks, did you say? Of course it does,

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  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat first in this game to provide the 24th occasion of Australia doing so in the world cup.

    RT Ponting's first scoring stroke in this game gave him a unique distinction in the world cup. He completed 1000 runs as captain in the world cup when he paddled TM Odoyo behind square for a boundary four. He is the first captain in the world cup to accomplish the feat. At the end of this game his run aggregate stood at 1030.

    RT Ponting achieved yet another distinction in this game. He reached 1000 runs when he was on eight during his knock of 36 in this game as captain batting at number three in the world cup.  At the end of this game his run aggregate stood at 1028.

    RT Ponting completed 1600 runs in the world cup when he was on 23 during his knock of 36 in this game. At the end of this game his aggregate stood at 1613. He became the second batsman after SR Tendulkar {2120} to accomplish the feat of 1600 plus runs in the world cup.

    BJ Haddin scored 65 in

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  • Predictably enough all hell has broken loose after India's loss to South Africa. The inquests have begun and will seemingly never end. To be candid it was a defeat difficult to digest. To let go one winning hand is perhaps understandable; to let go two is inexcusable. India did not deserve to win and this is what is so hard to swallow.

    We never thought it would come to this but there is now a worrisome aspect about the batting. Two batting collapses against England and South Africa coupled with two
    inconsistent showings against Netherlands and Ireland allied to the fact that 80 percent of the runs from the bat against Bangladesh were compiled by two batsmen does not augur well for the future. It was thought that whatever the limitations of the bowling and fielding the lustrous batting would carry the Indians through. Now there is no such guarantee. Half of the line-up cannot be listed as contributors in the real sense and there is every reason to believe that the batting slides will

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