• There are many unanswered questions after India's three-wicket defeat by South Africa in Nagpur on Saturday but one unmistakable fact: We are privileged to be watching this sport and making a living from it. This World Cup is coming alive and India vs South Africa fanned the delightful fires.

     

    With three overs to go India had the opportunity but the yorkers, as my son would have said, were 'out of syllabus'. And so India bowled length balls that had a 'give me my due' written on them. Sometimes you may know what to do but unless you do it, it isn't of much use!

     

    We thought 350 was on, run-a-ball with nine wickets in hand would have taken India to 330, Playing out the overs would have put 300 on but, as India captain MS Dhoni said in a delightfully frank assessment, you play for the country not the crowd. You don't always need million-dollar shots, You don't need a Lamborghini when you can walk a few steps.

     

    Losing nine wickets for 29 runs was unlike anything I have seen, even from

    Read More »from Of a middle-overs slowdown and a batting collapse
  • When was the last time MS Dhoni trusted a spinner to finish off a tight ODI or T20I? There's a simple, one-word answer to that: never.

     

    Ever since he became India's captain in the 2007 World T20, Dhoni has always turned to a seamer to do the job. Most times, he has got it right.

     

    From Joginder Sharma's over in the T20 final against Pakistan, to Irfan Pathan's cup-winning bowling in Brisbane, to all the times when Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra have been called to do the job, there are enough instances to show why Dhoni trusts his seamers.

     

    The last two instances, however, have backfired.

     

    Munaf Patel conceded a six to Ajmal Shahzad in the Bangalore ODI which ended in a tie. Similarly, Nehra conceded the six to Robin Peterson, showing their inability to produce yorkers when it matters.

     

    The following lists show instances in ODIs and T20Is when India have gone into the final over with the mathematical possibility of all three results.

     

    You could exclude the Ravindra Jadeja instance

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  • V Sehwag and SR Tendulkar added 142 runs for the first wicket in this game providing the 198th occasion of a century stand in the world cup. This stand also represents the 52nd occasion of a three figure partnership for the first wicket in the world cup.

    SR Tendulkar and G Gambhir added 125 runs for the second wicket in this game providing the 199th occasion of a century stand in the world cup.

    V Sehwag and SR Tendulkar added 142 runs for the first wicket in this game providing the 22nd occasion of a century stand by Indian batsmen in the world cup. This stand also represents the fifth occasion of a three figure partnership for the first wicket by Indian batsmen in the world cup.

    SR Tendulkar and G Gambhir added 125 runs for the second wicket in this game providing the 23rd occasion of a century stand in the world cup. This stand also represents the eighth occasion of a three figure partnership for the first wicket by Indian batsmen in the world cup.

    V Sehwag and SR Tendulkar added

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