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India looks for a smooth sailing over Ireland

It was thought out to be another match for India. But the shocking win by Ireland over England transformed the status of Sunday's game at Bangalore.

Kevin O'Brien is now perhaps the most Googled cricketer of the world cup. And the match against India is being treated with utmost caution by all Indians, which otherwise would have been accepted as a small impediment to India's journey towards quarter-final. But Kevin just toppled all calculations of a cake-walk. Now the Indian team think-tank as well as all Indian cricketing aficionados are waiting with baited breath on this match.

It was thought out to be another match for India. But the shocking win by Ireland over England transformed the status of Sunday's game at Bangalore.

Kevin O'Brien is now perhaps the most Googled cricketer of the world cup. And the match against India is being treated with utmost caution by all Indians, which otherwise would have been accepted as a small impediment to India's journey towards quarter-final. But Kevin just toppled all calculations of a cake-walk. Now the Indian team think-tank as well as all Indian cricketing aficionados are waiting with baited breath on this match.

Its the unpredictability of the game and the nature of cricket played by the Associated Nations in this world cup that's making them worry. Cricket in itself is a glorious game of uncertainty. Top it up with the erratic performances of the so called "minnows". One day they can struggle to reach 200, but on another day, 329 would be overhauled with utmost brevity and character against much stronger opponents. Heroes are born out of despair situations. It's these heroics that India would feel worried, as one can't be thoroughly measure an intangible opponent.

Worried, as India is yet to figure out the right bowling combination. Two innings of 300 plus targets were not defended confidently by India in the last two matches. While Bangalore promises another willow dominated match, perhaps it will be the bowling department that will decide the fate of the match. And India will depend again on a Royal Challenger Zaheer Khan to deliver once again. As the debate continues on who - amongst Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel and Sreeshanth - to include in the playing XI, the performance of the spinners will be under the scanner. It's also fielding that bothers the Indian team. They will have to lift the spirits and the standard to counter any Irish uprising on Sunday. In batting, India's problems are the least with the top order contributing heavily. Virat Kohli, another Challenger, will want to make his presence felt after a not so impressive show against England in the previous match. But its the lower middle order that now needs to prove their mettle as the collapse in the death overs is costing India quiet a few runs which may eventually affect the outcome of the match.

This match becomes India's most important match as a loss here will jeopardize all calculations for India with matches against South Africa and West Indies yet to be played.

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INDIA had a tuff challenge ahead
krishnasa1 on 25 Mar 2011, 06:40 AM
need to win a great margin
krishnasa1 on 19 Mar 2011, 06:31 PM
thank go no upsets here
pranjal-dixit on 16 Mar 2011, 09:30 AM
o'brien bros rocks....
sandeepsmysore on 16 Mar 2011, 07:02 AM
Bowling is a BIG CONCERN with nobody except Zaheer firing
manish-nayyar on 14 Mar 2011, 06:10 AM
the strange thing is england won against the weaker team which india defeated but england defeated the stronger team SA which india could not!!!!!! WEIRD ENGLAND...
1018rcb on 14 Mar 2011, 01:59 AM
a victory sumhow in th end !
aBILLAsh on 13 Mar 2011, 02:06 PM
tough fight given by them
RCBRAM on 13 Mar 2011, 01:07 AM
It was not a smooth sailing for india.
kingrahul on 11 Mar 2011, 12:48 PM
It was not a smooth sailing but a well fought battle in the end... A good fight given by the Ireland team.
aka on 10 Mar 2011, 11:08 AM
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