Despite almost recording a place into the quarters, Dhoni’s men have still not looked completely convincing.
WORLD CUP 2011 HQ
As I complete this piece we have reached the half-way stage of the ICC cricket World cup 2011 with 22 games completed. We have seen everything in these games close contests, eminently forgettable mismatches, a tie, a washout, an upset of gigantic proportions, the customary South African choke, a never ending debate on the DRS and even stone pelting by irate fans.
When Kieron Pollard slapped the fourth six of his innings against Holland on Monday, he brought up only his second ODI fifty in 34 matches.
The West Indian is a prized asset when it comes to the Twenty20 competitions, but he has struggled to find the necessary balance between batting instinctively by looking to dominate the bowling, and knowing when to apply a modicum of patience and general cricketing nous.
UDRS is one of my favorite topics in cricket and yet again the much maligned system came under the radar during the most exciting game of the World Cup so far. The match was on a knife’s edge at the start of the 25th over of the English chase. Yuvraj Singh struck Ian Bell, let out a vociferous appeal only to be denied by Billy Bowden. India were forced to play the hand that they loath. Use UDRS. Everything seemed to be alright and even the crowd let out a roar and even Bell had walked half way toward the change rooms. However there was another variable everyone had to contend with the 2.5 meter rule.