• On the eve of the World Cup the bookies installed India
    as the favourites followed by Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa, England and
    Pakistan. With just over half the matches having been played in the group stage
    one can say with some certainty that based on what we have seen there must be
    changes in that order.

     

    Though India are perched on top of pool B their showing
    has not been in keeping with the favourites tag. The two weak links - the
    bowling and the fielding - continue to be a cause for worry. There is a lot of
    speculation about the composition of the team before every match - should it be
    three seamers and one spinner or two seamers and two spinners, should the second
    spinner be Piyush Chawla or Ravichandran Ashwin, should India go in with five
    bowlers. The manner in which the Indian think tank has been planning it is
    unlikely that they will shift from the seven batsman policy. After all a team
    should always play to its strength and the batting has generally never let the

    Read More »from Taking stock at the halfway mark
  • PR Sterling scored a duck in this game to provide the 95th occasion of an opening batsman scoring zero in the world cup. His duck in this game provide the seventh occasion of an Ireland batsman scoring a duck in the world cup.

    PR Stirling collected his first ball duck in this game providing the 19th occasion of an opening batsman suffering such an ignominy in the world cup. He became the third Ireland opening batsman to collect the first ball duck in the world cup. Others are – JF Bray vs England at Providence on 30.03.07 and WTS Porterfield vs England at Bangalore on 02.03.01.

    NJ O'Brien completed 1000 runs when he was on 9 during the course of knock of 46   in this game. At the end of this game, his run aggregate stood at 1037. He became the third Ireland batsman to total 1000 plus one day runs. Others are – KJ O'Brien and WTS Porterfield.

    EC Joyce became Zaheer Khan's 30th victim in the world cup. He became the 15th bowler and the third Indian bowler to capture 30 plus wickets in

    Read More »from Match No 22: India vs Ireland
  • In 2009, Rafael Nadal was at his wits' end in a match against Mikhail Youzhny. The Spaniard had seen a shot from the Russian go out. Hawk-eye was used and the replay showed the ball touching the line, ruling the point in Youzhny's favour.

     

    Nadal reacted in disgust. "The mark of the ball was still on court and it was outside. But in the challenge it was in, so that's unbelievable," he said. "The Hawk Eye system is not perfect. I told the chair umpire: 'Look, the ball is out' and he said: 'I know'."

     

    Two years later, cricket players and fans are still arguing over the usefulness of technology, UDRS (in one of those humorous asides, the 'U' has been dropped by the ICC in order not to hurt the ego of the umpires) and the enforcement of laws. The fire has been further fanned by the different application of LBW laws in three similar cases where Ian Bell was ruled not out, and Elton Chigumbura and Alex Cusack out.

     

    An aside: Nadal and Federer have gotten away with calling the ATP and its

    Read More »from Why Cricket Will Never Have Fool-proof Technology

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