Skip to main content

What can India gain from the Australia match



India is in a great position - they have already qualified for the semi-finals and comfortably so.   Australia on the other hand have had a disappointing outing.  They have lost both the matches they have played so far - to Pakistan and West Indies.  They did come in playing some good cricket but have flattered to deceive.  And in both the games, they were in a position from which they should have won the games.  But things have not gone their way and they find themselves almost out of the tournament.  At the time of writing this blog, Pakistan looks like they will beat Bangladesh comfortably - and if that happens, Australia is out.

In this situation, what can India hope to get from this match -

  1. Momentum.  This is one of the most important aspects of team sports - and something fans don't necessarily understand well.  It is impossible to tinker with your performance levels - up and down - at will.  This is like a ship and you cannot turn it back and forth in high seas.  Dhoni understands this well and therefore he will be keen to keep winning.  Like they say - 'winning is a habit'.
  2. A tough match.  Australia will be playing for pride and will come hard at India.  India have had really easy outings - all three matches have been easy wins for India.  A hard-fought match against Australia will be great for the Indians.
  3. Intensity.  India has played the last 3 matches with great purpose and intensity - in spite of a lot of distractions from off field controversies.  It is important that India maintains the intensity in this match and into the rest of the tournament.
  4. Batting practice for Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh.  Both these players are match-winners on their day.  And both of them have been really struggling.  Shikhar has tried to hit his way out of trouble and Yuvaraj has tried to block his way out of trouble.  And both have failed.  It will be great if these guys come back in form - not just for themselves, but also for India.  Remember these guys are left-handed batsmen.  With Rohit, MSD and Kohli being right handers - these guys playing well means that there is left-right combination at the crease for a long period.  And that is really difficult for the opposition bowlers.

Unless there is an injury issue, I don't see Dhoni changing the playing XI.  Let us hope India gets a good tight outing and ends up winning the match against Australia.

Remember - you can play Playcall during the match today.  This is a game where you take captain's decisions when the match is live. 
Download the android app - http://bitly.com/1lc2hlJ 
or play online - http://www.fantain.com
  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

IPL 2014 - Mumbai Indians team analysis

The Mumbai Indians have always been the high-flying team of IPL.  They had the big buys in almost every year of IPL and kept a very high profile.  And over the last couple of years, they have started matching their performance with their profile – with wins in IPL 2013 and Champions League in 2011 and 2013.  Let us see how their team looks this year. Rohit Sharma, Mike Hussey, Ambati Rayudu and Apporv Wankhade are the pure play batsmen in the team. Corey Anderson, Keiron Pollard, Shreyas Gopal and Jalaj Saxena are the all rounders. CM Gautam, Ben Dunk, Sushant Marathe and Aditya Tare are the wicket keepers. Lasith Malinga, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Marchant de Lange, Krishmar Santokie & Puwan Suyal are the bowlers.  The bowling looks pretty good with Malinga, Zaheer, Bajji and Ojha.   The batting is strong at the top – with Rohit Sharma and Mike Hussey, but looks weak beyond those two.   The power in the team comes from

Why do you run??

As the running season for the year 2013 begins, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the subject. I am not a great runner.  Heck - I started running only a few years ago… well past my 35th birthday.  So this is not an attempt to guide or teach or inspire.  I don't have any specific objective in mind as I am writing this.  I am just sharing my thoughts on how I feel when I run long distance which others could possibly relate to. I have been running relatively long distances (5K, 10K and 21K) for a couple of years now. When I run a half marathon, I take longer than a seasoned runner.  A seasoned runner takes around 2 hours (And here I am excluding the seriously good runners who do it at a much more rapid pace) while I take 25 minutes longer.  But if you think about it… I am on my feet for that much longer.  So in that sense, taking longer to finish is better than finishing faster - right?  What do I think about when running…  Deep philosophy?  Something that has be
Growing up, we have been told repeatedly – winning is not as important as competing.   Events like the Olympics, with the famed Olympic spirit mantra, reinforce this message.  But how pragmatic is this notion of ‘competing’ as opposed to ‘winning’. Let us leave philosophy aside for a bit and look at this question from a purely commercial angle. Both Roger Federer and David Nalbandian have been in the professional tennis circuit for around the same amount of time.  Early evidence suggests that both of them were equally talented (with David winning almost all matches he played against Roger).  But over the years Roger has figured out how to win – not just against David but also against the other players.  As of now - Roger has taken home 8 times more money than Nalbandian has.  (73M Vs. 11 M).  Both are top-notch tennis players and yet, the difference is so stark. http://www.atpworldtour.com/Players/Head-To-Head.aspx?pId=F324&oId=N301 And this is just one part of the sto