Tuesday, March 20, 2007

It's just not cricket

It's quite amusing to see all the Sehwag and Dravid bashers scurrying for the cover of a rock following the mauling of the mighty Bermudans yesterday. More so because if ever a performance demonstrated absolutely nothing about anything, this was it. If Sehwag starts the same way against Sri Lanka, he'll be trudging back to the pavilion before long. He may have overcome the Bermudan Hurdle (sorry), but Messrs Malinga and Vaas won't be quite as obliging.

Contrary to popular belief, I think India should be a little bit concerned. Scoring runs against mediocre bowling is okay - you still have to go out there and do the job. Letting Bermuda score 156 however, suggests that Sri Lanka will not be bowled out for anything under 300. Cue beads of sweat on Greg Chappell's brow. The contention that half those runs were scored by the new Glamorgan county captain doesn't really help matters either. I simply shudder to think what would have happened to Bermuda in Group A.

The day's other game was of course entirely unremarkable, apart from the headline writing on CricInfo. The West Indies cruised through the game without ever having to shift out of second gear. That said, we won't know until the Super Eights whether or not they actually have another gear to shift into, such has been the lack of competition for them in that group. The Irish will have watched this and dared to dream of going into the next phase with 2 points to their name!

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