Saturday, February 05, 2011

Countdown to WC-2011 - Just round the corner

ICC World Cup 2011 is upon has been already 4 years since the last one played in the West Indies. The last world cup was won by Australia thus making it hat-tricks of wins for them. Apart from the on-field happenings the WC 2007 will be remembered more for its off-field events & controversies. The tragic end of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer who was found unconscious in his hotel room and pronounce death on arrival at the hospital. If that was not enough to dampen the spirits of the WC, the fiasco at the end of the finals in the dark & gloomy evening was the final setting for a tragic WC-2007.

With the WC-2011 round the corner with 2 weeks to go its time for Millions Of Cricket Fans across the world to put the happenings of 2007 behind us and look to another exciting world cup. With the WC this year being played in the Indian Sub-Continent be assured of it having all the extravaganza and sponsorship of the film fraternity.  The opening ceremony on 17 Feb'2011 is definitely going to be a class apart. It would be worth spending the time and $$$ to watch such an opening ceremony.

Finally, the ball will be set rolling on 19 Feb'2011 with Bangladesh taking on India. Bangladesh are no more considered the minows of the cricketing world. They can definitely put on a show and on their day turn the tables on any team. India can never forget the 2007 match were they lost to Bangladesh and thus ended their campaign in the WC in the preliminary rounds. A win by a good margin will definitely get the Indian machinery working.

As the teams wind up their respective series..we find Australia slowly getting into the groove for the WC. Their batting has suddenly come alive against England and are putting runs on the board. Clarke is getting is fifties, Hussey is back & more importantly Brett Lee is back to shoulder the bowling. Australia cannot be ruled out as top contender. Other team which is making strong waves is South Africa with their performance in the recently concluded series against India. Sri Lanka is another team that has got the right mix of all-rounders to win them the WC. No one can rule out England team which is slowly growing in ascendancy in the ODI scene and with their win in Ashes they definitely will be all charged up. Pakistan has always been a team that one can never predict. With their performance in New Zealand and if they can get away from infighting within..could be a team that could lift the WC this year.

Well India has always looked good on the paper and it is their performance on the on-field which will make the difference...This is definitely Sachin's last WC and hopefully as Dhoni said Winning the WC would be a good sending off gift for Sachin

Hope the best team win...Let's get the WC underway