Cricket Wins!

The ICC T20 world cup 2009 has come to an end. The trophy continues to remain in the sub-continent. The winner is a country in turmoil, a team with no likely home turf advantage in the horizon, a team with an eccentric captain who does not see himself as a good one at it and one who thinks this version of the game is for entertainment purposes only. Pakistan have done remarkably well to defeat a Sri Lankan side that did not lose a game in this tournament till today. It is remarkable that Pakistan have been in two of the two finals played in this version so far. So much for consistency while every other team has had varying fortunes. Pakistan deservedly won the game on a day when their form was impeccable.

Sri Lanka may have faltered at the toss, I feel. On a Lords wicket that seems to encourage pace atleast early on, they may have considered putting Pakistan on first up. Pakistan seemed to bowl with a plan which worked. Sri Lanka weak middle order was exposed early on and required Sangakkara to play a wonderful innings to get the team to a reasonable total. Kamran Akmal at the top played very much the role that Gambhir had played in the 2007 world cup. He was consistent and got the team off to a good start and Afridi’s promotion to No.3 once again worked. The Malik/Afridi partnership was a sensible one and Sri Lanka’s darts had little effect on them. The match itself lacked flair and excitement that one has come to expect of this version especially when played in the sub-continent. Maybe the location and the audience had an effect. You can’t get the aristocracy, tradition, and “stiff upper lip” out of Lords no matter how well you fill up the stadium with a noisy sub-continent lot. Some of it must rub off on the game in the middle.

T20s can take a break for a while and we shall return to normal cricket soon with the WI/India one day series starting in a few days time. I hear good things about the new “Bravo” in the WI team and look forward to a rearranged Indian team taking on a rejuvenated WI side.

– Srikanth

12 responses to “Cricket Wins!

  1. The match lacked fireworks, but it was not boring. It was a bit tense till the 18th over. Great work by Pakistan! They wanted this more and they got it.

  2. dead eye dick

    masha’ allah

    Collective prayers of Modi, Gavaskar and the Swami Army have gone unanswered

    A day of national mourning is being observed in their households.

  3. the best two teams made the final …. and pakistan performed on the day ! Well done Pakistan

  4. i thought india was gonna get to the final, maybe we are not as good as we are led to believe! i think pak should have a team being represented in the champions league

  5. Now that Pakistan have won this tournament they will have to perform to raised expectations of their fans. They wont be underdogs in the Champions trophy and it will be interesting to see how they handle pressure of expectations.

  6. Now that Pakistan have won this tournament they will have to perform to the raised expectations of their fans. They wont be underdogs in the Champions trophy and it will be interesting to see how they handle pressure of expectations.

  7. I really like the fact that Pak has won.. I like the current Pak team. Hope they continue to play the Pak brand of cricket.

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  9. dead eye dick

    The power base of IPL/Modi/BCCI/Govt of India is slipping a notch or two.
    Today, an Indian-Pakistani combination advanced to 3rd round of gentlemen’s doubles

    I refer to the success of Prakash Amrithraj and Aisan-ul-Haq-Quereshi.

    May be there is not much money in Doubles tennis,

    Congratulations to these young players.
    Or there is a Government black out of tennis coverage as India is tuning into West Indies.

  10. Superb article and blog.

  11. Interesting incident in the final day of the test Aus Vs. England. Siddle bowled a shoulder ball to Broad who swiped it between slips to IIIman for 4. Broad took a walk down the pitch and bumped his shoulder against Siddle (twice once on his way down and again on his way back all very deliberate). reminded me of Ghambir vs Watson.

    Chances of this being even mentioned by the 3rd umpire…ZERO!! welcome to fair international cricket…Raj

  12. Looking forward to the next world cup to see who Australia will beat 🙂

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