PROSPECT OF INDIAN TEAM IN WORLD CUP 2011 (AS ON FEBRUARY 19, 2011)
Indian cricket team is hot favorite for the Cricket World Cup 2011. Is really present Indian Cricket Team is favorite? What are the strengths and weaknesses of team? Is there any prospect for Indian team to win this world cup? You can get the answers of these questions after reading the rest of article.
Fist and most important factor why India is hot favorite in this World Cup is the advantage of home grounds. History and records prove that it has always been a challenge for other teams to beat India in home soil. There is no doubt that home crowd and home ground factor will truly play big role in favor of Indian Cricket Team.
Secondly recent Indian team has very balanced and strong batting line up. With amazing blend of senior and junior players this Indian team has mighty batting line up. Presence of legend Sachin Tendulder, destructive Sehwag, Gautam Ghambir, Yuvraj Sing, MS Dhoni, Raina, Kohli and Yusuf Pathan makes this India batting line up best among all other teams.
Last but not least the abilities of MS Dhoni as captain is another decisive factor for Indian Cricket Team. He is the most successful Indian skipper in the history of Indian Cricket. He knows well how to react in pressure situations and how to ###### victory from the jaws of defeat.
Indian cricket team is at number one position in Test Cricket and also among top three teams in ODI’s and T20 format of cricket. All the above mentioned factors are in favor of India and they are truly the most favorite team of this world cup. But cricket is strange game and World Cup history is full of surprises and upsets so anything could happen in this World Cup 2011.
PROSPECT OF INDIAN TEAM IN WORLD CUP 2011 (AS ON MARCH 14, 2011)
More than the snapping of India’s World Cup unbeaten run, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be worried by the cavalier attitude of his batsman and lack of bowling sting in their defeat by South Africa.
While the co-hosts managed to eke out a thrilling tie against England in Bangalore, they finally wilted under pressure on Saturday in Nagpur as South Africa halted their unbeaten run in the World Cup with a thrilling three-wicket victory.
What will worry Dhoni the most is that their below-par performances have both come against test-playing nations England and South Africa who offer the kind of test they will need to overcome if they are to come through the final on April 2.
The bowlers have received most of the flak so far in the tournament for their insipid performance in the win over Bangladesh and England and the loss to South Africa was no different with India again failing to defend a steep target.
The pacemen, barring the experienced Zaheer Khan, have failed to inspire and the spinners, including Harbhajan Singh, have not been up to the mark either although he played better against Graeme Smith’s men in Nagpur.
The fact that Yuvraj Singh, who was once called a “pie chucker” for his gentle left-arm spin by England’s Kevin Pietersen, is the highest wicket-taker among the 1983 winners’ tweakers says it all.
Not that Dhoni has too many options to choose from though, as he admitted on Saturday.
“Unfortunately I don’t think I can change too much in the first 15 overs or the last 20 overs. You play with your best bowlers and they try their best to get wickets,” Dhoni told reporters.
“Ideally, you should restrict runs or pick wickets. In the sub-continent, if you get wickets you can restrict runs. But it’s a tricky one. Everybody is trying their best and hopefully we will do better.”
Batting had given India their bragging rights before the start of the showpiece event but the collapses against England and South Africa have raised quite a few eyebrows as well.
On both occasions, the talent-packed line-up caved in to get bundled out inside the 50 overs after starting off in promising fashion thanks to Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.
While they lost the last seven wickets for 33 runs against England, Saturday saw an unbelievable batting collapse when they lost no less than nine wickets for just 29 runs.
The batsmen were probably overwhelmed by a 45,000-strong partisan crowd who wanted them to go for the boundary every ball after their expectations were rocketed by a rollicking start by openers Tendulkar and Sehwag.
“Singles are the lifeblood of the game but the problem with India is a lot of batsmen are going for the glamour shots,” former India captain Sunil Gavaskar aptly summed up.