• - New Zealand was led by LRPL Taylor in this game. He became the 94th captain to lead a team in the World Cup. LRPL Taylor was leading New Zealand for the first occasion in the World Cup. He became the second captain to lead New Zealand in this edition of the World Cup after DL Vettori.

     

    - LRPL Taylor scored 74 in this game to become the 20th captain to score a fifty on captaincy debut in World Cup.

     

    - BB McCullum scored 101 in this game providing the 119th occasion of a batsman scoring hundred in the World Cup. His knock represents the 13th occasion of a New Zealand batsman scoring a hundred in the World Cup. His knock represents the seventh occasion of a wicket keeper batsman scoring a hundred in the World Cup and represents the third occasion of a wicket keeper opening batsman scoring hundred in the World Cup. His knock provides the 66th occasion of an opening batsman scoring hundred in the World Cup.

     

    - BB McCullum's 101 in this game represents his third one day hundred and 22nd

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  • There’s no hiding anymore

    Let's put it bluntly - India's World Cup campaign is in a bit of a disarray and like I wrote in my previous column, the wafer-thin potential of this bowling attack, it's design is just not looking good enough to take the team through the big moments. Three games since the tie against England, India look like a side who have refused to learn from their apparent mistakes and over the five matches they've played, which by the way includes a couple of associate nations, they've looked as unconvincing as any pre-tournament favourites have ever looked. Their bowling looked like an obvious weakness, but injudicious batting or as the captain put, "playing for the crowd" (whatever it means) meant, potential didn't translate into performance and so on and so forth. For an Indian fan, the comforting news is that the knockouts are just a game away, and importantly the discomforting bit, there is no visible sign of improvement - tactically or otherwise and perhaps critically, India still don't know

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  • 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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