India’s World Cup – A Preview

4 Mar

A narrow victory against Bangladesh – a stronger minor team (fifteen years ago, this used to be Sri Lanka). Skipper says “the boys are still getting used to local conditions but what matters is the result”

A handy-bordering-on-overwhelming victory against Bermuda, a true minnow. Coach says “the boys are starting to gel as a unit. we are now prepared to meet the challenges ahead”.

A narrow loss against Sri Lanka, a regular international team. Coach says “we needed this loss to bring us to our senses. It will make the boys stronger for the challenges ahead”

Super Eights:
At least one humiliating defeat. E.g. Aus 322/4 in 50 overs, Ind 139 all out in 34.5 overs with 46 runs coming from an eighth wicket stand between Harbhajan Singh and random fast bowler, and 24 runs from extras. Coach says “Australia outplayed us in all departments but the boys will bounce back”

At least one glorious win. Probably a scrappy, ill-tempered game against Pakistan. As long as we beat Pakistan on the world stage, all is forgiven. Skipper says “Boys played their heart out for the country”

At least one defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. E.g. NZ 221/8 in 50 overs. Ind 135/1 in 28 overs; 193 all out in 48.4. Collapse triggered by Sehwag as he gets out trying to hit the stuffing out of the ball when singles and twos will do the job. Coach says “We have to do some soul-searching”. Duh.

Three or four average performances. May make semi-finals if other teams are even more inept.

Semi-finals: May be that old cliche about best team on the day actually holds.

Finals. you must be joking… Having made it so far, a nervous Indian team takes a murderous beating administered by a sadistic Australian/English/West Indian/South African side. Coach says “It’s amazing that we came as far as we did”. Indeed it is.

See you in 2011.

Nothing would make me happier than seeing India win big, but experience has taught me to be prepared for the worst.


26 Responses to “India’s World Cup – A Preview”

  1. Vijay March 5, 2007 at 2:06 am #

    Aditya, looks like the “covering ass” has already started. Just yesterday Dilip “Motormouth” Vengsarkar, the chief selector has said that Sehwag was included on Dravids insistance. So if he fails, Vengi baby is all set to say “Dravid did it…”

  2. Pushpa March 5, 2007 at 2:21 am #

    Ha:) VIjay, completely agree with you. This happens to us not just “Once in a blue moon”, but all the time. Hence, results are always predictable. And i am sure this time it’s not going to be very different!! to add, coach/ skipper will also mention that too many experiments cost us dearly.:))

  3. Vijay March 5, 2007 at 2:37 am #

    Pushpa: Just to clarify.. this was posted by my brother Aditya (who posts on this blog as well). That would also explain the higher level of English 🙂

  4. Veena March 5, 2007 at 4:01 am #

    reeeeeeeee vijay, yaakri baayi haaktheera ? …
    I am just wondering, how will be the TV channel war at home, serials vs cricket match.. specially those guys who would like to even watch kenya-holland match 🙂

    Vijay, pls start a post(which should continue to exist) & we can put our predctions there & loose win.. it would be total fun.. Just an idea…

  5. Vani March 5, 2007 at 5:45 am #


    That may be construed as betting by our ever-so-vigilant Police!

    I wholeheartedly share Aditya’s scepticism about our team’s performance.

    Why is our team sent to such events at all?

  6. Veena March 5, 2007 at 6:00 am #


    Ha Ha.. what a nice thought, neevu police nallirbeku.. Betting ge yenaadru prize irbeku.. illi adella iralla, bari predictions ashTe.. predict maadi bekaadre adakke supportings kooDa koDabahudu (for eg., this time Sachin got up from left side & hence he will not hit more that 50 runs etc., or this time some tennis player or film actress is not well & some x will score less antha….:-))

    idu aditya avaru bardiddaa? , my last comment is for him then!

    ps – History data should be considered only for such analysis, reality is different altogether.. ! kaadu noDoNa.. 🙂

  7. Vijay March 5, 2007 at 6:06 am #

    Veena: Thats a good idea.. maybe we can have a pool.. winner gets to eat Dose at Dwaraka Bhavan..We should create a India World Cup Page…

  8. praneshachar March 5, 2007 at 8:48 am #

    south bangalorean wins dosa at CTR
    north bangalorean wins dosa at Dwaraka or vidyarthibhavan

  9. Veena March 5, 2007 at 9:26 am #

    coooooooool idea.. who will sponser antha ellaru yochane maadthirtaare,

    Dutchaa ?

  10. Vijay March 5, 2007 at 10:25 am #

    So for each match we can have predictions, winners losers etc.. I only hope that the ICC does not monitor this blog and arrest us.

  11. praneshachar March 5, 2007 at 11:07 am #

    sponsorship bagge yakeri yochane?? sumne prbolem madtira nivu
    silent agi irbeku

  12. Veena March 5, 2007 at 1:03 pm #

    yaako neevu istond serious aagirodanna nodidre, idea drop annisutte.
    Problem enu idralli Praneshachar avare ? silent aagi idre amele jana nanna keLbeDi anthaare ashTe 😉 modle ella terms & conditions clear aagir beku alve ?

    Vijay, yochane maadi amele nanna bykobeDi 🙂

  13. praneshachar March 5, 2007 at 11:29 pm #

    sponsorship yari madodu yaru busineemen avru !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    dutch yella common meetge mesalu. is is ok. nivu dutch antha helthira amele
    collect madolla problemooooooo problemuoooooooooo

  14. Mysorean March 6, 2007 at 4:58 am #


    Preview or prediction?! 😉

    LOL at Vani’s comment of why we send our team to such events!! LOL!

  15. destinationsrik March 14, 2007 at 8:58 am #

    if we dont send India to such events, BCCI will go bankrupt in a few months and a whole lot of Indian crowd will be un-employed. Illa andre we have somuch of things to do.. starting from playing cricket to covering it on TV, writing about it on blogs….to…”discussing” it among the gathering!!

    Whats the alternative, if we stop sending Indian team there?

  16. some body March 17, 2007 at 5:42 pm #


    ‘A narrow victory against Bangladesh – a stronger minor team (fifteen years ago, this used to be Sri Lanka). Skipper says “the boys are still getting used to local conditions but what matters is the result” ‘

    let’s see how good you can read the tea leaves. the team is half-way there at 191 all out! i say india is out of the world cup right now. no way is this team beating both bermuda and lanka (and with a good run rate). if the next match does not have pathan (as batsman) and karthick instead of sehwag and uthappa, i say fire both chappell and dravid.

    good news is that it will help the indian economy :-).

    – s.b.

  17. some body March 17, 2007 at 11:12 pm #

    pakistan has just lost to ireland and they are apparently eliminated. how are the standings determined? is it head to head before anything else? don’t they have an outside chance if they beat up zimbabwe and ireland wallops wi?

    – s.b.

  18. some body March 18, 2007 at 12:32 am #

    whoops! i totally forgot that wi is yet to play zimbabwe. i get it now (tubelight!).

    – s.b.

  19. Murali Partha March 18, 2007 at 9:41 am #

    Who are the two most worried people in India after the loss to Bangladesh?
    It must be Kunal Dasgupta and Harish Thawani – CEOs of Sony and Nimbus. If at all anybody loses big money it is these guys apart for the anchor sponsors who would have paid for the sponsorships already. The viewership for the rest of the WC will plummet if India do not get to the Super Eights.

    Come to think of it, I think they will all see to it that India makes it. There is far too much at stake than just a “sport”.

  20. Aditya March 18, 2007 at 1:21 pm #

    Sb, Vijay and I were discussing this last night… I’m inclined to agree with Murali that the powers that be will find a way – by hook or crook – for India to be in the Super 8s. But our losers were even bigger losers than I gave them credit for.

  21. Vijay March 19, 2007 at 4:34 am #

    Guys if you have been watching TV, you’ll see all the banners and posters are from Indian companies.. so as Murali says the financial loss is too big if India makes an early exit… so some “adjustment maadi” will happen…

    The other breaking news as I type this is that Bob Woolmer passed away. That is indeed sad…

  22. Veena March 19, 2007 at 10:54 am #

    you guys are speaking as if its our Indian gov doing everything ? che che !!.. enri idu vijay mislead maad beDri heegella 🙂

  23. Murali Partha March 19, 2007 at 12:45 pm #

    Just read that Kunal Dasgupta moaning about how they had tried hard convincing ICC & GCC for a different preliminary round format which would ensure that such favourites such as Pak & India do not get knocked out. But apparently ICC & GCC did not agree. Apparently he had tried this so that a India-Pak match was assured in the tourney. If this isn’t “fixing it”, what is?
    As predicted, these guys are extremely upset with the loss. Probably far more than the team?

  24. retro November 20, 2007 at 2:31 am #

    It’s a shame what happened to Bangladesh. I hope the world steps up and helps them.


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