The BCCI president Anurag Thakur on Sunday congratulated the Indian women’s cricket team for winning the Asia Cup beating Pakistan by 17 runs in final held at Bangkok Thailand.
It won’t be an easy task to win the WC 2015 for any team whether it is India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. After rewinding the past I can see Pakistan has won a World Cup in Australia back in 1992. But it doesn’t matter at all –‘records are meant to be broken’.
One of the biggest things in this WC will be that there will be no Sachin Tendulkar or Ricky Ponting in either of sides. We all know how big players they were. Lets look at how the top 5 teams look at this time for the tournament ahead.
It is a well known fact that playing in Australia is always difficult task for any team in the world both physically and mentally. And any team which will be facing OZ will find it tough. Australians are always different in World Cups. This time too like always they have more than a decent team who especially in home conditions could turn lethal. Players like George Bailey, Michael Clarke , Mitchell Johnson, David Warner can change any scenario easily.
Reigning World champions will be the most favourite team for cricket lovers, spectators, experts and bookies. The pressure will be at its peak on Dhoni’s men. More than 121 crore of cricket lovers will be eyeing the men in blue once again to repeat the feat of 2nd April 2011.
Key players would include the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami and the boss M.S.Dhoni.
3. SOUTH AFRICA
If this team would not choke in semis they will be the champions. They have to change the history of losing in semis and have to get rid of the title of chokers. No one can believe that they have ABD Villiers , Hashim Amla, Jaques Kallis, Dale Steyn (best bowler in past 5-7 years), Morne Morkel and they still lose.
Pakistan are the most uncertain team of the world. They can change the game at any point, for both, their good and bad. The fast bowling attack which they command can destroy any kind of batting line up. They though will need to manage and take care of irresponsible batting from few players.
Player like Nasir Jamshed, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal, Misbah-ul- Haq can shine like stars.
5. SRI LANKA
Last but not the least. This team is like slow poison. You can’t beat them easily. You will not see a lot of great in their bowling attack but they will still tighten the noose when needed. Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakarra are amongst the most respected cricketers in the world and they have to blast for a Lankan win.
Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath and yes captain Angelo Mathews can win from any situation.
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James Taylor revived England’s wobbly chase to lead them to a three-wicket victory over India on Friday which secured a place in the tri-series final against Australia.
Taylor (82) added 125 runs with Josh Buttler (67) for the sixth wicket to help England overcome a top-order collapse and chase down a 201-run victory target with 19 balls to spare.
It was, however, their disciplined bowlers who had laid the victory platform, shooting out India for 200 in 48.1 overs in what was effectively a semi-final at the WACA.
The wicket was not easy to bat on, as was evident in the 43rd over when James Anderson hit Mahendra Singh Dhoni flush on the helmet and, five balls later, struck the India captain below the knee-roll almost from same area to trap him lbw.
Barely two weeks before they start their World Cup defence, India would still be worried as only Ajinkya Rahane (73) shone with the bat in yet another capitulation.
Put into bat, Rahane added 83 with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (38) in 20 overs before the wheels fell off the Indian innings.
Chris Woakes sent back Dhawan to get the breakthrough but it was Moeen Ali’s double strike — dismissing Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina — that broke the back of the Indian batting.
From 134 for three in 34 overs, India collapsed to 165 for nine in the next 10 overs. Even the 200-mark did not look a possibility until number 11 Mohammad Shami smacked 25 runs off 18 balls as India were dismissed in the 49th over.
England lost both openers early and looked in trouble as their first 66 runs cost them the top half of their batting order.
Taylor, beneficiary of a missed run-out chance, and Buttler, dropped by Raina in the slips on 21, arrested the slide and put the chase back on track with sensible batting.
Taylor and Buttler fell in quick succession to inject excitement to the contest but England’s victory never looked in any real doubt.
The final takes place in Perth on Sunday.
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India’s cricket chiefs on Tuesday suspended future tours to the Caribbean following the West Indies’ decision last week to abandon their visit to India.
“All bilateral tours between BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and the WICB (West Indies Cricket Board) stand suspended,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.
India were scheduled to tour the Caribbean in February-March 2016 to play three Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 international.
The BCCI also announced it would “initiate legal proceedings against the WICB due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour”.
India’s cricket chief had warned of “serious action” against the West Indies for abandoning their tour. Tuesday’s statement comes after the BCCI’s working committee held an emergency meeting in Hyderabad.
India’s away tours usually generate huge sponsorship money for the host nation due to the country’s large cricket-viewing population.
The West Indies cut short their tour of India on Friday due to an internal payment dispute, even though one one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still remained to be played.
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo had said before the start of the tour on October 8 that the players had not accepted the payment agreement signed on their behalf by the West Indies Players Association.
But the tourists took to the field for three one-dayers in Kochi, New Delhi and Dharamsala, while one match in Visakhapatnam was cancelled due to a severe storm on India’s east coast.
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The Incheon Asian games gold medal winning Indian men’s hockey team returned home to a rousing welcome by Hockey India (HI), fans and friends at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi on Sunday.
The Sardar Singh-led team landed at the airport at 1 am and were received by Hockey India President Mariamma Koshy and CEO Elena Norman amid the beat of drums and dhols.
“It’s a proud moment for the whole country. We have worked hard for last 8 months to achieve this target and now we feel proud having achieved it. There was pressure since we could not win Asiad gold for last 16 years, but we were determined to win this time,” Indian hockey team captain Sardar Singh said.
India clinched the gold at the Asian games after 16 years, defeating arch rival Pakistan in a nail-biting penalty shootout. The win ensures India a direct ticket to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.