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Known facts, unknown excitement, its the CUP of JOY!

14 teams, three host nations, one game, one Cup.

The fight begins in less than 24 hours and by April 2, we will find out who the World Champion will be. India is the favourite this time, along with South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka with the pundits giving England an outside chance.

We all know these facts. We also know that not a single nation which has hosted the finals of the World Cup, eventually lifted the Cup. There is nothing new in the fact on the threat perception working against the ODI format of the game - perhaps the 50-over format is a dying art. Everybody connected with cricket are dancing with the T20 tunes and believes it will wipe out the ODIs out of the radar.

So whats new! Bet it's the excitement of the World Cup, the enthusiasm in this part of the world where cricket is a religion and the cricketers are Gods of the naturals. It's our own reality of stardom of world beaters, compared to the "heavenly bodies" of the FIFA football World Cup or the Olympics. It's our sport where we are revered by the whole world. It's perhaps one of the few sports where we compete as favourites to be Champions, and not participate with the cliched adage "winning is not everything but keep alive the spirit of competing".

Every four years we relive this moment of excitement as the moment of our truth, our glory and our pride. And come what may with all those known facts, the pundits analysing the players, the do's and the dont's for the players, the should-have's and the shouldn't have's advices, in this sub-continent any layman is a cricket pundit by his/her own rights and choices. Here we are our best readers of the game, we do believe that we could have showed Zaheer Khan how to have bowled out Tilakratne Dilshan, how Virat Kohli should have whacked Daniel Vettori out of the ground, or teach how to take a low diving catch to AB de Villiers! Is there anybody out there to challenge that cricket pundit??....guess not!!

That's what cricket is all about in a day in the life of the billion fans in this sub-continent.

We will be eagerly waiting the roar when the men in blue - the Indian team - jogs into the stadium on 19th February to face Bangladesh and bury deep the ghosts of losing to the same team in the last world cup. But throughout this world cup, we, as Team Royal Challengers, will also be eagerly watching our players' performances in the next 43 days. They are spread amongst India, South Africa, Sri Lanka - tagged the favourites in this world cup.

Their forms do matter for us, as within a weeks' time of the World Cup ending, the IPL starts. So let the cheer begin and not end till the IPL ends.

14 teams, three host nations, one game, one Cup.

The fight begins in less than 24 hours and by April 2, we will find out who the World Champion will be. India is the favourite this time, along with South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka with the pundits giving England an outside chance.

We all know these facts. We also know that not a single nation which has hosted the finals of the World Cup, eventually lifted the Cup. There is nothing new in the fact on the threat perception working against the ODI format of the game - perhaps the 50-over format is a dying art. Everybody connected with cricket are dancing with the T20 tunes and believes it will wipe out the ODIs out of the radar.

So whats new! Bet it's the excitement of the World Cup, the enthusiasm in this part of the world where cricket is a religion and the cricketers are Gods of the naturals. It's our own reality of stardom of world beaters, compared to the "heavenly bodies" of the FIFA football World Cup or the Olympics. It's our sport where we are revered by the whole world. It's perhaps one of the few sports where we compete as favourites to be Champions, and not participate with the cliched adage "winning is not everything but keep alive the spirit of competing".

Every four years we relive this moment of excitement as the moment of our truth, our glory and our pride. And come what may with all those known facts, the pundits analysing the players, the do's and the dont's for the players, the should-have's and the shouldn't have's advices, in this sub-continent any layman is a cricket pundit by his/her own rights and choices. Here we are our best readers of the game, we do believe that we could have showed Zaheer Khan how to have bowled out Tilakratne Dilshan, how Virat Kohli should have whacked Daniel Vettori out of the ground, or teach how to take a low diving catch to AB de Villiers! Is there anybody out there to challenge that cricket pundit??....guess not!!

That's what cricket is all about in a day in the life of the billion fans in this sub-continent.

We will be eagerly waiting the roar when the men in blue - the Indian team - jogs into the stadium on 19th February to face Bangladesh and bury deep the ghosts of losing to the same team in the last world cup. But throughout this world cup, we, as Team Royal Challengers, will also be eagerly watching our players' performances in the next 43 days. They are spread amongst India, South Africa, Sri Lanka - tagged the favourites in this world cup.

Their forms do matter for us, as within a weeks' time of the World Cup ending, the IPL starts. So let the cheer begin and not end till the IPL ends.

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De Ghuma Ke!
Tormentor on 16 Mar 2011, 06:49 AM
Seems to be one of the biggest world cup in terms of no. of times for times to come!!
manish-nayyar on 14 Mar 2011, 06:07 AM
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