India has beaten Australia in the ICC World Cup 2011, Quarterfinals to move set up their semi-final clash with Pakistan. Most India fans (for that matter even Pakistan fans) will know that India has never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup as yet.
I thought why not dig out some stats on how India and Pakistan players have performed against each others.
Ind Vs Pak in World Cup: Top 5 batsman
Ind Vs Pak in World Cup: Top 5 bowlers
India and Pakistan have played 4 matches in World Cup history and India has won all four.
Sachin Tendulkar, Javagal Srinath and Inzaman Ul Haq are the only players to have played in all the four games.
Sachin Tendulkar will play the fifth time against Pakistan in World Cup tournament on 30th March 2011.
The only match played in India during a World Cup was in 96, in Bangalore. That match was also a Quarter-Final and a knockout.
If you have more details or trivia stats do drop them in your comments. 🙂
Indian cricket team started the World Cup against Bangladesh. They won comfortably, but their tied match (even after scoring 330+ runs) against England and their loss to South Africa (where they lost 9 wickets for 29 runs) had left them with 7 points with one more match to go.
Frankly, other than the match against England and Bangladesh, Indian batting has looked pathetic.
But thankfully, Bangladesh has obliged England, India and West-Indies by losing to the mighty South Africans. Now Bangladesh is stuck on 6 points but with such a bad net-run rate that their hopes lie in India beating West-Indies by 100s of runs or by chasing the entire West Indian total in 5 overs. With our boys in such glorious form, it we can consider it a impossibility.
The quarter-final scenarios for India!
India can either come in 2nd in the group with 9 points or lose to West Indies and end up 3rd.
If India is second in the group they will play Australia or New Zealand in the QFs.
If India ends up third they play Sri Lanka in the QFs.
India whatever happens will not play against Pakistan in the Quarter Finals.
Wow, lets see how this drama unfolds on Sunday, 20th March 2011 in Chennai.
Bangladesh were probably hoping for a repeat of the 2007 World Cup. They had beaten India and knocked them out of the tournament. Back then they had bowled first and restricted India to a modest total.
Similar thoughts might have been going through the Bangladesh team’s minds when they won the toss and put India to bat.
Unfortunately they ran into Sehwag, who literally hit their hopes for a six. Sehwag score 175 runs of 140 balls. He also hit 14 boundaries and 5 sixes.
Below is a video that inspired the title of this article! 😀
Don’t you think he is the most destructive batsman ever? Do drop in your comments.
The World Cup fever is reaching a nice crescendo and we will soon have 14 teams trying to outdo each other for the being called the World Champions. The coveted World Championship trophy is not really as old as the competition. As a matter for fact the World Cup was first held in 1975, while the first time the current trophy was presented to the winning team was in 1999, a good 24 years later!
The Prudential Cup
The first 3 editions of the World Cup were help in England in 1975, 1979 and 1983. The trophy and cup were sponsored by Prudential. The first two editions were won by the mighty West-Indies. The 3rd edition featured West-Indies again but India managed an upset and saw Kapil Dev lift up the Prudential Cup.
The Reliance Cup
The World Cup was moved out of England and into the sub-continent in 1987. The hosts were India and Pakistan while the new sponsors were Reliance.
Australia with a young, athletic and aggressive team ended up winning the cup and with that started one of the greatest era of Australian cricket.
Benson & Hedges World Cup
The World Cup in 1992, moved down-under in Australia and New Zealand. It was the first time all the matches were played with coloured clothing and with a white cricket ball. This tournament featured 9 teams and Pakistan won the cup with some inspiring captaincy by Imran Khan. The trophy was made of crystal and is the only trophy which does not have any type of metal on it.
Wills World Cup
The World Cup was again held in India, Pakistan and Sri-Lanka. The tournament had 12 teams for the first times and also quarter-finals. Arjuna Ranatunga led an unbeaten Sri Lankan side to become World Champions in 1996. This was the only time when a co-host team won the world cup.
ICC World Cup trophy
The World Cup trophy until 1996 was closely associated and named after sponsors. ICC decided to have a unique constant trophy which was not changed very 4 years.
This trophy will probably be used for a another 40 years. What are you views on the various trophies that were part of World Cup history? Which one is your favorite? Do drop in your comments.
One of the best ways to enjoy cricket is at the stadiums. I guess if that is not possible thanks to tickets be more expensive than gold, we can take comfort in watching the matches live on the television set.
Sometimes, thanks to our busy work schedules we may end up in a place where there is not television. Here are five online sites which will help you watch cricket.
#1. Extracover.net: This website shows most of the cricket matches going around the world live.
#2. Crictime.com : Crictime.com also shows a lot of matches live and has further links for you to explore more for online cricket.
#3. Justin.tv : Justin.tv is a website where you need to search for the correct channel. Search for your match and you should be able to get live cricket streaming.
#4. Cricfire.com : Cricfire is mainly a website about cricket. It also has a channel for showing live cricket.
#5. Freedocast.com : Freedocast allows you to search for live cricket and stream it through channels.
So as the World Cup arrives we can now catch the action online.