• 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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  • India is on top of Group B; it is knocking a few cottages down but it is huffing and puffing to do it. They say at Wimbledon that a few tough early rounds are good for you and if that is the case it must augur well for India. But to go the distance it must get a decent new ball attack going (and that need not necessarily mean two fast bowlers as we now know!) and fielders in the deep must be convinced that a run can be saved when the ball is hit in their direction.

     

    But it is not all darkness and gloom. Indeed, in spite of centuries from Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag earlier in the tournament, the biggest plus has been the form of Yuvraj Singh. As you enter the knockouts, you need match-winners to be in good touch and Yuvraj is coming along quite well now, rising to the second spot behind Sehwag in the Indian team on the Castrol Index.

     

    To be honest, I am more enthused by his batting than his bowling because that is his stronger arm – as is reflected by the Castrol Index where

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