• 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

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  • England tied the game against India while chasing a mammoth 338. Bangladesh also managed to score nearly 300 albeit in a lost cause. If these two performances are anything to go by, it's not unreasonable to assume that India's lack of depth and quality in the bowling department has shown up.

     

    With the tournament progressing there'll be sterner tests and better oppositions ahead, it's only wise to find ways to improve the weak link of the team. It isn't just about hitting the white round thing all over the park, but also putting the same white round thing in the right areas and more importantly, taking wickets.

     

    Five bowler theory

     

    India's strength lies in batting and the first two matches have shown ample evidence to validate this. We decimated the Bangladesh's spin attack which is more than a handful in their homeland. Sehwag and Kohli went berserk and tamed the Bangla tigers.

     

    The track for the next game against England in Bengaluru wasn't the ideal batting surface in the first

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  • Arguably one of the biggest and most awaited encounters of this group stage at the world cup was India vs England. Just as India – Pakistan games and India – Australia clashes evoke certain sentiments in Indian cricket fans, I do believe that India – England encounters have a place of their own. Whether we attribute that to our history off the field or to patriotic films on the partition, that there is a special place is undoubted.

    Bengaluru was bright and sunny, but predictions of rain showers were still lingering. I made my way to the stadium, quite early, in the hope of avoiding the traffic and with the intention of meeting excited fans (those who were lucky enough to get the tickets) before they entered the stadium.

    The journey was nothing but a gentle reminder that I wasn't in Dhaka anymore. Somehow, the World cup buzz isn't that much here in Bengaluru. It felt pretty much like any other Sunday, until I got closer to the stadium. Then it was just a sea of blue. It is quite

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